2018-06-07 / Sports

Laker girls soccer defeats rivals; claims first district title since 2010

By Mike Wilson
Sports Reporter • mwilson@mihomepaper.com


PIGEON - Laker soccer coach Katie Maust hoists the district championship trophy as her team celebrates the 1-0 victory over rival Harbor Beach giving the Lakers their first district title since 2010. 
Photos by Mike Wilson PIGEON - Laker soccer coach Katie Maust hoists the district championship trophy as her team celebrates the 1-0 victory over rival Harbor Beach giving the Lakers their first district title since 2010. Photos by Mike Wilson PIGEON - Halle Keim scored the only goal of the game at the 23:47 mark on an assist from Kaitlin Brown to give the Laker girls soccer program its first district crown since 2010.

The 1-0 victory over rival Harbor Beach was especially sweet for Laker seniors who had not defeated Harbor Beach during their high school careers.

Neither squad seemed to be able to control the game in the first half as each side was unable to capitalize on opportunities to score and the half ended in a 0-0 tie. The play continued in the second half with both goal sides ultimately intervening at the last possible second to deny a score.

But then, Kaitlin Brown struck a shot that caromed off a down post and Halle Keim was in the right place to knock the ball into the back of the net for the game’s only score.


MADISON HEIGHTS - Laker Lauren Henry scored with 9:40 to go in the Lakers’ regional game against Genesee Christian, Tuesday night. The Lakers, who gave up an early goal, battled back but came up short in their 2-1 loss to the Soldiers. “There’s nothing to hang their heads about,” said EPBP co-coach Becky Krohn. “I’m proud of each and every one of them.” The Lakers finish their season with an 11-6-1 record. MADISON HEIGHTS - Laker Lauren Henry scored with 9:40 to go in the Lakers’ regional game against Genesee Christian, Tuesday night. The Lakers, who gave up an early goal, battled back but came up short in their 2-1 loss to the Soldiers. “There’s nothing to hang their heads about,” said EPBP co-coach Becky Krohn. “I’m proud of each and every one of them.” The Lakers finish their season with an 11-6-1 record. “I knew Kaitlin was going to cross it because that is something that we have talked about,” Keim said. “And she did it and I was just there and it just kind of happened.

Keim added: Our motto this year has been ‘Hustle, Hunger, Heart’ and that has been really big for us.”


PIGEON - Laker Striker Kaitlin Brown splits two Harbor Beach defenders and crosses the ball to Halle Keim (not pictured) in the Lakers district win over Harbor Beach. PIGEON - Laker Striker Kaitlin Brown splits two Harbor Beach defenders and crosses the ball to Halle Keim (not pictured) in the Lakers district win over Harbor Beach. The road to the championship started when the Lakers defeated Sandusky 8-0 in the opening round and then defeated Marlette, who had defeated Dryden 2-0 in their opening match, 4- 0.

Coming up the other side of the bracket, Harbor Beach began district play by defeating Brown City 8-0. Then the Pirates took on league champion Bad Axe for the third time this season after the Hatchets had defeated Capac in their opening-round game 3-2. In the semifinals, the lady Pirates, who had lost twice during the season to the Hatchets, were able to squeak by Bad Axe 1-0 on a Megan Pawlowski goal with 5:33 to go in that contest.

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