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Western converts Lets-Go-like feeling into first tourney victory since 2014

Western converts Lets-Go-like feeling into first tourney victory since 2014


A look at how teams in the Bay City area performed on the first day of district action. May be updated as more information becomes available.

BANGOR TOWNSHIP, MI Getting the first goal was no picnic.

And the second was no stroll in the park.

The Bay City Western boys soccer team had nothing to do with rest and relaxation on this day. The Warriors had a job to do and they didnt let themselves down until the work was done.

Western struck a late winner over nearby rival John Glenn in the Division 2 district tournament, winning 8-0.

Kyle Jean, Western coach, said, Getting one goal is one thing. But these guys immediately said Lets get another one. Theres a big difference between 2-0 and 1-1 theyve heard me say that dozens of times - so they know we'll need to focus on business after we get one goal.

We wanted to make sure we got ahead of the game and didnt take our foot off the gas, he added.

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Western (10-8-3) advances to the district semifinal when it hosts Gaylord at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1: Westerns first postseason win since winning the program only district title in 2014, when it reached the quarterfinals.

On this day, the Warriors were ready to strut.

This group is pretty good at setting goals and following them, and winning the district is something weve discussed, Jean said. So they were pretty focused today. This was probably the best warmup weve had all year. Sometimes theyre talking about things that arent necessarily about the game, but there was none of that.

There was a high-energy, Lets go feeling, he said.

Expecting an intense challenge from John Glenn, the Warriors took it in the first half. In the first 17 minutes, neither team could break through.

Owen Clark fed Brenden Dore for the goal that finally cracked the ice. But the Warriors didn't take a long moment to take in sighs. They went back to work.

Aiden Short scored for a vital 2-0 lead on supper from Dore, and then the floodgates opened. Western led 5-0 at halftime and reached the mercy-ruled eight-goal advantage with 31 minutes on the clock in the second half.

If you score a couple goals, the pressure on the other team and off your team goes down, and you end up playing better, Jean said.

Glenn had a chance when it was 0-0. If they win 1-0, it becomes a different game.

Short then scored a hat trick to lead the Western attack. Nolan Besaw, Calvin Watson, and Shawn Duncan each added one goal, while Dore added two.

Clark, Duncan, Riley Friedle, and Caleb Colberg each added one assist. Cody Card recorded the shutout in goal, highlighted by some vital saves early in the contest.



Essexville Garber entered postseason play with a ton of steam.

But Flint Powers has been a stopping point for many soccer teams.

Powers, who has won three state championships in program history, put the brakes on Garber with a 4-0 victory in the Division 3 opener at Atwood Stadium. Powers eliminated the Dukes for the second time in a row.

I would say this Flint Powers team is more poised and controlled than even last years squad, Garber coach Bill Williamson said. Their possession game mirrors the style of play we seek to develop in our own players. And they execute it very efficiently.

Garber (10-9-3) kept the game scoreless until the 18 minute mark of the opening half, hovering within 2-0 at halftime. Powers scored a second goal seven minutes into the second half and put in the final score with 10 seconds left in game.

Cam Rowley, a senior keeper, recorded eight saves for the Dukes.

Garber reached the 10-win mark for the seventh time in nine seasons, this being Garb's fourth consecutive year.

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