Portage Northern High School
2011 Women's Soccer
Head Coach: Andy Fuehr
Junior Varsity Coach: Pat Tetreault
Assistants: Erin Carlson, Justin Rhodes, Ryan Johnson & Collin Doud
Trainer: Dana Nichols
It was a season that ended sooner than hoped for, yet it was another season of incredible soccer that made friends and family proud. The Huskies played very well indeed, ending as SMAC Finalist and District Finalist . Thank you players and coaches for treating family and friends to excellent soccer all season long; thanks for the memories! Thanks also to Ed Stinson for writing game summaries after each game. Re-live the excitement by reading the game summaries below.
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6/4/2011 District Final vs. PC
It was a day more fitting for the beach, with 90 degree heat at game time. However, swimming was at your own risk today, as the yellow caution flags were flying. It would have been fun to swim, but the flags just kept coming at the most inopportune times, finally just drowning out any chance for a fun day at the beach. And when Laura Glass can’t swim because of a yellow flag in the face, you know the big lake must be a treacherous place.
The Jackson high school field for the district final between the Portage schools was pristine, but it was the first time in anyone’s memory where the fans had to sit in the same pews. The little press box made of plastic sheeting where the Tom’s were videoing the game did little to separate the passionate fans, and to make matters worse, the Peace Pole was accidently left back in Portage.
Portage Central scored early and late in the first half for a 2-0 lead. Ten minutes into the second half Sam Kay hit a ball hard off a defender that Hannah Scafaria rebounded into the net, and Northern was hopeful with a one goal deficit. But one demoralizing call and goal minutes later sent the Huskies in a tail spin for the next fifteen minutes and the game was put out of reach. Glass did score a second goal for Northern with five minutes left on one of her patented long set shots, but the final ended 2-6.
Northern had many excellent individual efforts during this final game, and another fine overall season.
A special thank you to the coaches for their time and energy this year: Andy Fuehr, along with Justin Rhodes, Collin Doud, Pat Tetreault, Ryan Johnson and Erin Carlson.
Freshman: A few freshmen Huskies helped the varsity all year long, and showed signs that they will be ready for big things over the next few years (Emily Juzwiak, Kelsey Lewis and Bailey Burchette). Other freshmen players joined the team during the year (Grace VanderSloot, Lauren Bye and Felicia Murry) and contributed down the stretch. Good things are in the hopper for this group!
Katie Sorensen: Katie fools the opponent with her size, and then uses her fearlessness, smarts and speed to bring the opponent down a peg.
Hannah Scafaria: Hannah is like Rambo with a lot of talent. She can take on an entire army and still find a way to get the ball into the net.
Maggie Wooley: Two diving saves tonight after filling in for an injured Sydney. Maggie spent most of the season healing from an injury, but stayed tough and ready.
Nicole Berry: Take two aspirin and call me in the morning. After coming back from a concussion, Nicole proceeded to win more header balls than anyone, anywhere. Fearlessness…can we use that word again please?
Morgan Muchez: Morgan was assigned the task to defend one of the best players in the state in this final game…which shows the confidence she has gained in herself and others.
Shelby Adams: The injury bug has been dreadful, but when healthy (like the next two years!!), Shelby can shut down anyone in the game; and then move to offense and make big things happen.
Karli Fisher: A close eye on Karli these last few games and one would see what excellent midfield skills she is developing, controlling the ball and dishing it off with accuracy.
Casey Shauman: We all know of the speed, the skills, the leaping headers, and maybe a few crossbars along the way, but how about some serious sportsmanship thrown in.
Breanne Bye: Bre played big on defense tonight, and the season ends just as she is back full tilt from an early season injury. Tonight is what we have seen in the past (unbeatable), and what we will see next year.
Erin Pryor: In battle, give me Erin. Opponents who try to knock her off the ball usually need help getting off their butts. Erin is a great passer and will be a force to deal with next year.
Savannah Fuller: Tonight Savannah saw a little action, but enough to work the sideline and send through a beautiful cross pass, showing the type of things she is capable of.
Josie Huss: All season nursing an ACL injury, Josie was always present for the team, and smiling through injury. Her mission work this summer in Africa is what life, her life, is all about.
Danielle Melgar: Another person who makes you want to have just a few more games, as Danielle has been doing bigger and better things each game for many weeks now. In life and in soccer… big things.
Syd Block: Syd seemed to step up in big games. Tonight she had some nice stops, and protecting a one goal lead, made a diving save… but breaking her collar bone in the process. Syd goes down in modern history as the nicest person to ever play goalie, a position better known for scowling ornery types. The Syd Smile will be missed, as will the BLOCK name, which is always fun to write about when it comes to rejecting shots. It’s a cruel world out there Syd, but keep changing it with your smile…oh geeeez!
Samantha Kay: Sam spent the last four years hustling and getting dirty from playing the game with reckless abandoned, but tossing in foot skills that created a huge number of goals and a growing number of assists. Although there have been many big wins and crushing defeats, Sam does have perhaps the biggest goal for the program in the past eight years, with the conference title goal over PC with three minutes remaining, in her freshmen year. The beauty of it is, as you get older, it is the only thing that might be remembered, and, well, here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJpAtk7CbV8
Regen Crowell: Regen made the most of her playing time this year by using her speed and her powerful right foot by winning many battles for balls on the offensive end and scoring some goals. Regen scored four goals in one game… which she can easily count up to since she is also a graduate of the Kalamazoo Math and Science Center. Regen is definitely a Huskie Scholar Athlete.
Jenna Long: Jenna saw time at goalie and on the offensive end this year, filling in wherever needed. Jenna spent her high school career doing the same thing, working hard and staying ready for her opportunities either in goal or on the field. Being in a backup role for Northern did nothing to diminish her kindness and desire to be a team player. A great kid who will do great things in the future.
Laura Glass: Twelve high school sport seasons tied together with an awesome academic performance. Laura was a little busy doing the right things. Golf (all state), basketball and soccer. Laura turned into one of the Huskies best offensive weapons even though she played sweeper on defense. Any reset ball from mid-field in was a potential goal… in fact twice in the past week Laura scored from downtown. You have watched a great student athlete perform here the past four years, and when you are teaching young kids how to do things right, you can start by saying “let me tell you about this kid I knew named Laura”.
To wrap I say, reread the freshmen to the juniors… and get excited for next year. It comes fast.
June 2, 2011
PN vs Jackson
You could not ask for more beautiful soccer weather as the Husky faithful traveled the 1 hour plus drive to Jackson to take on the Jackson Vikings in round 2 of the districts. The Husky fans showed up in good numbers but were very confused on where to sit as the Vikings contingent were sporting their Orange Shirts and Jerseys of their school colors in the stands…that was a lot of Orange in one place, but the Fans finally settled in for the Orange vs Orange contest. The first 60 minutes saw the Vikings do as many teams did this year as they packed the defense in to try and thwart any Husky chances. Many chances were still had with multiple crosses and shots on goal, but all found the goalies hands or just missed the post. Finally with 60 minutes of scoreless play, Casey fired a nice 20 yard shot just past the goalies out stretched reach. Birthday girl Sam Kay decided enough was enough and joined the party 2 minutes later to give the Huskies the cushion they needed. The Huskies ended the game with the 2-0 win and earned a Home game vs Portage Central for the districts…just plan on getting out that gas card again as the home game for the championship Saturday is again in Jackson. At least the Orange painted stands will look like a home game for the Huskies. A well deserved Happy Birthday was sang to Sammy Kay at the finish of the game…Happy Birthday Sammy and congratulations Huskies! Make the drive and come support your Huskies Saturday.
|Morgan holding of the defender||Birthday Girl Sammy driving downfield|
|Kelsey winning the ball in the air||Karli keeping possesion|
|Brianne defending||Erin going high for the header|
|Hannah beating the defender||Laura with one of many free kicks|
|Casey chases down the service||Lauren with control of the ball|
May 31, 2011 vs. KC
There is just something about the state tournament that brings out the nerves. You can’t really think ahead because if you mess up, ahead doesn’t happen. Falling behind an improving Kalamazoo Central team 1-0 in the first five minutes, with potential stormy weather creating the possibility of a shortened game, or a bad hop or a PK or whatever… the fear of any game being the last from here on out always makes for the shakes. Even with 75 minutes left on the clock, you start to think of the unthinkable.
But slowly and surely, the paranoia faded and the many chances started becoming goals. With Huskie fans prodding Jeff Adams to drop the Tootsie Pops and yell loud encouragements and shout motivational slogans from the stands, Northern responded. Ten minutes after that first KC goal, Erin Pryor lofted a perfect cross into the box where Casey Shauman headed in the ball for a 1-1 tie. With just two minutes left in the half, the Huskies went ahead to stay when senior Laura Glass teed up a ball at midfield after a KC foul, and stroked the ball on a one-hopper over the goalie’s head and into the net.
Northern peppered the goal area throughout the half, with Karli Fisher hipping a ball toward the goal that was saved by a defender with the goalie out of place, and Hannah Scafaria weaving through a maze before smacking a hard shot off the crossbar. The Knights kept pace also, with a long free kick hitting the crossbar and another shot just sailing wide moments before the half ended.
The Huskies dominated the second half, scoring three times and holding the Knights scoreless, thanks in part to two great saves by Northern goalie Sid Block-This, both within 20 seconds of each other midway through the half. The first second-half goal came at the ten minute mark, when Danielle Melgar fired a cross pass that strategically deflected off a defenseless defender and into the net. The next goal was also helped with a deflection, or should we use the word “ricocheted” here because it is more appropriate and we have Spell Checker, when Shauman fired a quick rocket into the net off a ricochet-assist from Scafaria. The final goal was a beauty from the younger generation. Freshman Lauren Bye sent a splendid through-ball to a sprinting freshman Kelsey Lewis, who had one defender and a goalie to beat, and beat them both with a memorable move and finish.
The 5-1 victory moves the Huskies on to the district semi-finals Thursday in Jackson. It’s win or Goodbye. Leave the Tootsie Pops at home and come ready to yell.
May 24 vs. PC
Sometimes there is a fine line between winning and losing. “Fine Line” is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as “the margin of victory or defeat in the Portage rivalry game”. Portage Northern’s last three losses to Portage Central have been by the Fine Line, and there is a history of Fine Lines for many years. The Fine Line can be an exhausting or an exhilarating event, and for a game write-up person, it can be the difference between writing a mini-novel and having writer’s block. Good night.
Good morning. After a good night’s sleep (Excedrin PM induced), there are things from last night’s 2-3 conference final loss that stand out:
It was certainly a beautiful night for soccer, and just being outside.
It is great to have a rivalry game that draws many hundreds of fans who appreciate great soccer.
Seeing so many students, former players, and friends of the program, out to support Huskie soccer… awesome.
Hearing the deafening cheer when Casey Shauman knotted the score early in the second half.
Coming back from one down, and then to cut the lead to one (Shauman again) after being down two late in the game… there was never a quit in this group.
To see an amazing team effort from a banged up troop, able to fight and hang to the buzzer. Many admirable individual efforts!
…So, there is the bright side of one side of the Fine Line. Still proud to be a Huskie!
|Kelsie pushes the ball upfield||Katie wins the ball from the Striker|
|Laura Shoots on the Goal||Brianne blocks out the opposition|
|Erin Driving on the ball||Casey scores her second|
|Sammy headed toward the net||Hannah winning the ball|
May 23, 2011 vs. BC Lakeview SMAC Semifinal Game
“DUCK”! That is the new rally cry for the Portage Northern Head Bangers, otherwise known as the Huskies. Players are walking around staggered like it’s the late rounds of a title fight. The last two weeks have seen four Huskies suffer concussions, all having missed or will miss multiple games. With the conference tournament going on and districts around the corner, it’s enough to give all involved a headache. Tonight, many new and young players stepped up to fill some voids, and Northern prevailed in the conference semi-final over Battle Creek Lakeview, 4-1.
But it was the most experienced Huskie who got the scoring going. Laura Glass struck a free-kick from 25 yards out with just two minutes off the clock to give Northern a 1-0 lead. Laura was assisted on the play from three fans, which were the first soccer fans all year to come with faces painted, donning all Huskie attire. Funny thing was they weren’t Northern students. Lindsey Fillar and Jessica Heimonen (Portage Central… more about this school later), and Casey Lamp (Hackett), were Laura’s competition in high school golf, but now great friends. You can have sleepovers with your rivalry competitors when the sport is golf; soccer, not so much.
At the 25 minute mark, Hannah Scafaria netted a goal off an assist by Danielle Melgar. Then, just before the half ended, Sammy Kay fired up what could only be described as a fast ball-screwgy-knuckleball-slider to the catcher (goalie), who could not get a glove (hand) on it. Northern led 3-0 at the half.
Northern’s youth who saw their first action on varsity this year included Lauren Bye (nice job in the midfield) and Felicia Murry (“Fee” had a few shots on goal in a fine varsity debut). In all, six freshmen saw action in the game (others being Emily Juzwiak, Kelsey Lewis, Bailey Burchette, and Grace VanderSloot).
The Huskies scored once early in the second half, with Kay scoring her second goal of the night. The Spartans finally countered with 20 minutes left in the game, but that was the final marker for either team.
This game started a few minutes early as word of a possible approaching storm cut short the pregame activities. For Senior Sydney Block, this felt like the wrong decision. Sid has played some of her best games in rain and mud. Her love of everything water (swimming, boating, etc.) has most likely contributed to this. But it almost didn’t turn out that way. When Sid was six years old, the family was enjoying a boating day on Gull Lake. A very fast approaching storm caught the Blocks off guard, but the boat wouldn’t start. Sid’s three year old brother Jack had confiscated the “kill switch” and shut down the boat. With the help of a small trolling motor, the family barely got back to shore, alive. Sid said she would never, ever go on the water again. In this cold, rainy spring of soccer, luckily Sid enjoys the water again.
And of course, the conference finals, Tuesday, May 24 at PC. There will be a big sleepover for both teams and fans after the game.
|#19 Laura Glass Fan Club||Katie wins the Header|
|Morgan chases down the ball||Sydney sends the ball down field|
|Erin sends the ball towards the net||Karli fights the keeper for the ball|
|Felicia sends the ball in||Kelsey beats the defender|
|Lauren pushes the ball down the field||Regan charges the keeper|
May 20, 2011 vs EGR
Friday’s game in Grand Rapids against EGR finally saw the Huskies playing in beautiful Spring Weather. The game was set on Grand Rapids’ picturesque field located next to a lake as the Huskies took on the 2nd ranked D2 team in the state. Playing on the field deemed the “mistake by the lake” The Huskies played a spirited contest and managed to go into the halftime trailing 2-0. The field according to EGR faithful was built too short, too narrow and 6’ out of square when the turf was placed…thus the nickname of the field . The Huskies saw Maggie Woolley see time in goal for the second half for the first time this season after nursing knee injury all year. The Huskies behind a stingy defense and Maggie in the goal shut out EGR in the second half, but still failed to put a goal on the board and came up short 2-0…but the effort was great and the Huskies had multiple quality shots in the second half as they controlled most of the play. The Huskies play on as BC Lakeview comes to Husky field Wednesday to continue the conference playoffs.
May 18, 2011 vs. St. Joe again
Groundhog Day 2. Blake Glass drummed up the moniker for this game, as only two days ago St. Joe made the trip to Portage Northern for a Crossover matchup. The result of that game left these two teams ironically seeded to face each other once again, in the first game of the conference tournament. To make the Groundhog Day comparison even more legit, Northern scored its first goal at the 25 minute mark of the first half, the exact same time it scored in the game two days prior. That was the end of the first half similarities though, and eeriness followed, as the Huskies struggled to put the ball in the net for the rest of the half (Monday they scored seven more times in the first half to end the game at halftime).
That first goal came off the foot of Erin Prior, unassisted. Late in the half Sam Kay smacked the crossbar and then hit a 20 yard strike that the goalie made a great diving save on, and Northern hobbled into the half with a 1-0 lead.
For those fans fixing their seat pads, getting food, using the restroom, or texting… they missed the first goal of the second half. Shelby Adams gathered up the opening kick of the half, and with 12 seconds elapsed in the half, put a nice shot over the head of the goalie for a 2-0 lead. For those still in the bathroom less than two minutes later, they missed the next goal also. Kelsey Lewis punched in a splendid cross pass from Casey Shauman. Then, Shauman to Kay, who worked her patented “turn and gun” shot into the net. Then (Groundhog Day 3): Shauman to Kay again. The sixth goal came on an Adams “shake and bake” from 35 yds out. The final goal for Northern came with Sam Kay returning the favor to Shauman, who scored to end a great offensive day with a goal and three assists. St. Joe scored with a minute left to make the final score 7-1.
Regan Crowell had an excellent first half for the Huskies. The senior has had scoring success in her minutes of playing time this year, scoring five goals for the year. It took a pretty major event for Regan to infuse an interest for soccer in her life. Her first love was being a percussionist; she practiced often as a toddler, using spoons and stainless steel pots, perhaps to the dismay of others in the house. Then, in July of 1999, she flew to California and watched the USA Women’s soccer team beat China in the World Cup finals at the Rose Bowl. Regan’s great grandfather owned the company that constructed the Rose Bowl, which added a sense of pride for the event. Regan’s goal turned to being a professional soccer player rather than a professional drummer. Currently though, she “simply” plans to just turn her faith and awesome academic achievements into a successful life, but the World Cup will always be a great memory!
May 16, 2011 vs. St. Joe
The St. Joe Bears made the trek to Portage in the West Crossover game, hoping to scavenge some goals and take down the Dawgs. Everyone involved hoped for more than one half of soccer… mainly because that big star at the center of the solar system was spewing some rare rays on the area. But after the Huskies started the game with fifteen minutes of fruitless attack, they started filling the nets for the last 25 minutes of the first half.
Sammy Kay started the scoring with a fake shot that got the goalie diving, then scooted to the side and stuck the ball in the net. Casey Shauman assisted. Two minutes later Hannah Scafaria, donning some new fashionable head gear, weaved her way to an unassisted goal. The third goal came off the foot of Shauman, from Kay. Shauman scored again two minutes later, this time heading in a beautiful long cross from Bailey Burchette.
Although the game ended up shortened, there were still some noticeable performances on both sides of the midfield. Erin Pryor controlled the ball and dished off numerous fine passes. Danielle Melgar is finding her soccer groove and played well. Nicole Berry played tough, and Morgan Muchez continues to be a great defensive addition to the Huskie varsity this year.
Back to the scoring. Sam Kay notched the fifth goal of the night on a Scafaria assist. Then Kelsey Lewis scored off a Kay assist. Lots of Kay, but more later! The Huskies went up 7-0 with a Pryor goal, from Melgar. Then, with just one minute left, to the dismay of the Chez Huskie grill gearing up for the halftime rush, the eighth and final goal of the night… a Regan Crowell crushing blast that nearly took the goalie’s head off. Lewis assisted on the play. An eight goal differential at the half meant the game was over.
Senior Sammy Kay has had a great soccer career at Northern. She was a varsity playmaker right from the start of her freshmen season, setting high expectations for her throughout her four years. She was also a talented stud when she was one year old. She amazed the extended family members by doing the doggy paddle, blowing bubbles under water, and basically looking like a future swimming Olympian. A half year later (18 months old), her parents ventured to “show off” her swimming prowess to all at a big pool party… the swim was highly anticipated. As her mom dropped her in the water, Lil’ Sam sunk like a rock. Luckily for Huskie fans, Sam survived that early exhibition and this year wraps up four years of fulfilling high expectations… on the soccer field.
May 9, 2011 vs. Marshall
In the East Crossover matchup, Portage Northern traveled to Marshall to fight for seeding in the conference tournament. Most of the action in the first half took place just beyond the soccer field, where a high school track meet was being run. The event-filled meet created noise and excitement, while the soccer game took on a moan and groan atmosphere. But most of this uneventful half was due in large part to the game plan of Marshall, to simply defend their end… but they were fierce and focused in making their game plan work to a scoreless halftime.
The Huskies came out in the second half, led in large part by the hustle of Shelby Adams, and created chances nearly evenly all half long. At least four of those chances came in the form of one-on-one’s with the goalie, and like excitedly getting an ice cream cone on a hot summer day, only to have it tumble out of the cone and into the dirt, each opportunity was punched into the goalie’s midsection.
Marshall started to loosen up in the second half and had about a half dozen shots on goal, including one with two minutes left that scooted just inches outside the post. One minute later a Casey Shauman shot hit the goalie’s hand and into the underside of the crossbar (wow, was that the net inside the crossbar moving like it was hit with the ball… with the instant replay machine down for maintenance, we may never know).
Bring on two ten minute overtimes that brought the same scoreless result, and due to the fact this was a seeding game for the conference tournament, onto a regular season shootout. Northern goalie Jenna Long had just finished a fine, active shutout (more on Jenna later); but the Huskies trotted two goalies out for the shootout. With visions of sticking two goalies in the net at one time, Northern fans beamed with delight. But the two would end up alternating each shot.
After the first round of five, the shootout was knotted at 4-4. Laura Glass, Sammy Kay, Katie Sorensen, and Shelby Adams all found the net. The sixth shot by each team was rejected. Erin Prior smoked in the seventh shot with confidence. Then Sidney Block rejected the final attempt by Marshall and the Huskies escaped with the victory.
It takes a certain kind of mindset to stake a claim in front of the net. Senior Jenna Long did what needed to be done in this game. The mindset works well on the soccer field, but sometimes not so well in the home. Earlier this week, when Jenna’s dad Jack was working with a power tool in the basement, the dust caused the smoke alarm to go off. Jenna yelled “can you turn that thing off”? Her mother yelled back, “maybe it’s a fire”. “Yah, but can you turn it off” Jenna countered. But in the dust and smoke alarm, Jack nearly cut his finger off. Bleeding, he came upstairs and determined he needed to get to the emergency room. Jenna, more focused from the blood, was excited now: “Cool, can I take you to hospital, I have never seen stitches put in”. It takes a certain type of person to play goalie… but sometimes you need to leave the game face at the office.
|Katie wins the ball||Danielle fights for possession|
|Brianne back in action.||Sammy sends the ball in|
|Shelby with a nice crossing pass||Laura beats the keeper with the first PK goal|
|Jenna stops a PK||Sydney with the winning stop|
5/5/11 PN def Gull Lake 4-1
In Honor of Senior Night the Write Up will consist of the Senior Profiles. The Huskies came out to play in the typical cool rainy weather this season has given the girls. With multiple injuries and only 14 field players the Huskies honored thier Seniors Admirably by pounding out the win. Sammy Kay pounded 2 nice goals past a talented GL goalie, and Casey ended her scoring slump with 2 well placed second half goals. Thank you Seniors for your Leadership and dedication to this team of girls over the years.
Sydney Block #0
Sydney’s parents are Scott and Amy Block. Sydney has been playing soccer for many years and has been a proud Husky varsity player for the last 3 years as a goalie. Although she tends to be the muddiest player on the field, her smile and laughter always brighten the team’s spirits. Her future goals include going to KVCC to get pre-requisite classes finished then transferring to WMU to finish a degree in nursing. Although nursing is a tough field to get into, Sydney will be ahead of the curve having earned academic honor awards at PNHS. Winning a tournament after stopping every shot in a shoot out is her favorite soccer memory, one we can all envy! Her role models include her parents because they are always there for her and help her every day.
CONGRATULATIONS SYDNEY AND BEST OF LUCK AT KVCC
Samantha Kay #5
Samantha’s proud parents are Kristin and Scott Kay. Sam has been an integral part of the Husky varsity offense for the last four years playing as a forward. Her strength and determination have made Sam an invaluable asset to the team. This year she also stepped up and took charge of the team as one of the captains, helping to command a very young Husky team. Her passion for Portage Northern soccer embodies the true meaning of Husky Pride. Sam has also been very successful outside of soccer earning highest honors while in high school. Her future plans include Attending Ferris State College on a combination academic and athletic scholarship where she will be playing soccer as a Lady Bulldog. Her most unforgettable soccer memory is beating Portage Central and scoring the winning goal with only three minutes left in the game. Sam’s role models are her parents and the Sorensen family because they are just so cute.
CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST OF LUCK AT FERRIS STATE!
Regan Crowell #13
Regan is the daughter of Keith and Sharon Crowell. She came to Portage Northern only two years ago and has played on the varsity team for one year. She has played for Portage Lightning Soccer Club prior to coming to PNHS. Playing as a midfielder and forward, Regan has shown her presence many times on the pitch especially when she scored four goals against Battle Creek Central this year. As a junior, Regan was awarded highest honors at PNHS. Regan is planning on keeping her mind sharp this coming fall by attending Western Michigan University’s Honor Program. Her most memorable soccer moment is attending the team dinners. Regan’s role model is Jesus.
CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST OF LUCK AT WMU REGAN!
Jenna Long #17
Jenna’s parents are Jack and Kathy Long. She has played for Portage Northern as a defensive player and goalie for four years, two of those years on varsity. Many a ball was stopped before making it into the net by Jenna’s quick thinking and fast reflexes. Like most of Portage Northern athletes, Jenna is not only a winner on the soccer pitch but is also a winner with her scholastics, achieving academic highest honors and being deemed an EFE Outstanding Business Senior. Her future plans include attending Spring Arbor University and getting a double major in Business Administration and Marketing. Jenna does not have one particular favorite soccer memory; they all revolve around the team as the girls are “so awesome and great to be around”. Her role models are her parents as they have taught her almost everything that she knows and they have made her who she is today.
CONGRATS JENNA AND BEST OF LUCK AT SPRING ARBOR!
Laura Glass #19
Laura’s parents are Blake and Sara Glass. She has been a varsity player for four years as a sweeper, stopper, marking back and central midfielder. Her defensive skills have kept goals against PN to a minimum. She brings her multi-sport athleticism to the soccer pitch and is able to stave off the toughest opponents. Laura keeps her mind as sharp as her soccer skills by participating in the National Honor Society, the Latin Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has also received Highest Honors at PNHS, been a recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Award and received the B’nai B’rith Award. Her unweighted GPA is an impressive 4.0. Her future plans include playing golf while attending Bethel College and majoring in Mathematics and Spanish. Her most memorable soccer moment is when she scored her first goal of the 2010 season at Mattawan. When she was running back she saw her parents in their van honking and her Dad was waving out the window. It was extra special as it was just after her Dad got out of the hospital and he was not expected at that game. Her role models include her Grandmother, her parents and her brother. Each of them has overcome many challenges and has faced them with a positive attitude, perseverance and faith.
CONGRATULATIONS LAURA AND GOOD LUCK AT BETHEL!
|Seniors Laura, Sydney, Sam, Jenna, and Regan||Seniors and thier Parents celebrate Senior Night|
|Casey Drives Upfield||Erin on the Attack||Laura clearing the ball out of the back|
|Regan on the run||Kelsey keeping possesion||Shelby beating the defender|
|Savannah Looks to distribute||Sam with her second goal||Danielle wins the ball|
May 4, 2011 vs. EK
When it comes to playing East Kentwood, it pays to play at home. For at least the last five years, the home team has been the victor. EK has artificial turf; PN real grass. The scoreboard looked artificial to Huskie fans, as the Falcons rang up six goals, four in the first half and two late in the game.
Northern scored twice in the first half to keep things interesting. The first goal came from All-state golfer Laura Glass, who put away her nine iron and got out her three iron… from 50 yards out, putting the ball just above the goalies outstretched arms. With three minutes left in the half, Casey Shauman worked a perfect cross that Sammy Kay trapped and finished.
The goal seemed to spark the Huskies, who dominated play for the first 20 minutes of the second half. But EK regrouped and scored twice more late in the game, to complete the 6-2 victory. There were some excellent individual matchups and performances for Northern, but the Huskies got a little lax near the goal, with the Falcons punching in three or four of their goals from loose balls in the box.
Please join the Huskies Tonight vs Gull Lake at Home as we honor our 5 Seniors in their last year as Lady Huskies.
Monday May 2 vs Loy Norrix
As the Sun struggled to peak out of the clouds, and by struggle I mean it never made it out, the Husky faithful settled in for yet another cold day of soccer. Where are you Spring?
The Varsity took the field at Loy Norrix after a fine performance by the JV Lady Huskies who won 6-0.
This game would contain many firsts for the Season. Today had no Ed Stinson to provide his usual insightful and in depth recap. Today would also be the 1st game for the Huskies on Loy Norrix’s field with their new impressive Wind Screens that carry the LN logo….PN soccer boosters were seen conspiring to raise even more money after the car wash weekend as they salivated over the opponents Wind Screens. As they all huddled all we could hear was, wow that would look so cool in Orange, but “don’t tell Margie.”
Another first for the season was the game contained 2 Hat tricks…a Scoring Hat trick for Sam Kay, and an assist Hat Trick for Casey Shauman. Danielle Melgar, who had a great cross that resulted in classic header by Nicole Berry, will now be forever know as “Miguel Melgar.” Everyone played well as the entire team that was not in the PN infirmary got substantial field time. Jenna Long got her first minutes in the Goal this season as she had a second half shut out to compliment Sydney’s first half shut out, and with the final first of the day….Grace Vandersloot in her first game as a permanent varsity member scored her first varsity goal to complete the 8-0 mercy of Loy Norrix.
Wow, a lot a firsts…on the East Kentwood Wednesday.
|Katie Drives the ball Downfield||Nicole takes on the defender|
|Hannah 1v1 against the Goalie||Sam shows off her low Center of Balance..|
|...and Scores||No one gets past The Wall|
|Grace serves the ball ahead||Erin controls the Serve|
April 29 vs. Lakeview Spartans
Half way through this season, and the sun finally provided some warmth and gave notice of spring. The shining sun made evident the blooming hyacinths, daffodils, tulips… and the McClish family, fair-weather fans making their first appearance of the year. Welcome home Master Defender Natalie McClish.
Another first for the season; Breanne Bye making her first appearance after recovering from an injury. Bre played well in getting her wind back, until getting injured late in the game. Hopefully not a serious injury, as the fan applause upon her entrance and upon her departure underscores her defensive value.
The first half of this game made one wonder whether the Lady Huskies got up at 4AM to watch the Royal Wedding, or the Lakeview Spartans played tough enough to take the Huskies out of their game. The Spartans physical defensive play did indeed take the Huskies out of their game, enough to make the Huskies look a little lethargic. The main bright spot for Northern occurred at the mid-point of the first half, when Kelsey Lewis hit a perfect header into the net, the start of a great all-around game for the freshman. The score came off a cross from Danielle Melgar, who had fired up a few splendid crosses before this one. That goal gave Northern a 1-0 halftime lead.
With the first half moving along at a slow pace, the fans were extraordinarily quiet. But upon closer look, nearly 75% of them were actually having dinner, eating hamburgers and chicken sandwiches from the Chez Huskie Grill. Here is a mid-season toast to Master Concessionaire Tom Huss, tackling the volunteer job that most mortals run from. Even with his daughter Josie nursing a season-long and ending ACL injury, Tom has still kept the concessions going. THANKS TOM.
With Lakeview short-handed in the beginning and suffering two more injuries during the game, and with a different (but same) Huskie team taking the field, Northern pressured the Spartan goal for most of the second half. But with all the pressure and shots on goal, PN scored just once more, with just seven minutes left. Karli Fisher, with a little fancy footwork found Sammy Kay, who launched a soft but strategic 25 yarder just over the outstretched hands of the goalie for the 2-0 win. The second half saw Casey Crossbar Shauman continue her streak of rattling the crossbar nearly every game, including twice this game, along with a couple of teammates doing the same. Shelby Adams will be icing her noggin this evening after winning a half-dozen headers, and Katie Sorensen did a great job on the defensive end. Sidney Block delivered the shutout in goal for Northern.
And, as a reminder, your car is dirty, so please attend the Husky carwash on Saturday!
April 27, 2011 vs. BC Central
Some high school soccer programs thrive with travel soccer players, active boosters, multiple coaches, and a strong fan base. In other places, such as Battle Creek Central, the public address announcer reads off the starting lineup, adding an exciting emphasis for his hometown Bearcats, turns on the National Anthem… and then runs back across the field to the bench, to coach his team. So goes the soccer battle at places where soccer is more of an after school activity than a gut-twisting fight to be the best team around.
But cheers to the coach and the Bearcat team. There they always are, showing up on the schedule, and showing up on the field. They suffer lopsided defeats, but there they ALWAYS are ready to take on any team that shows up on their schedule. Their attitude is evident: don’t play passy back and forth, bring it at us and we will try to stop you the best we can.
Northern won this game, with Regan Crowell being the biggest scorer of the night. But kudos to those kids who step out of the halls and onto the field, knowing they may end up on the short end of the score, but still say “Bring It”!
|Sam Shoots, Sam Scores||Savanah controls the ball||Emily passes downfield|
|Erin working through the defense||Grace shoots on goal||
Regan heads to another goal
|Kelsey with a left footer||Laura well upfield||Bailey driving for the goal|
April 25, 2011 vs. KCentral
Although most thoughts of Kalamazoo Central athletics these days conjures up thoughts of 360 slam dunks, there are other sports (with bigger nets) and on this night the Maroon Giant’s soccer team came to Portage Northern and put up a spirited contest. The Giants were truly still in the game with fifteen minutes remaining, down only 2-0, and putting a couple of late shots on goal before Northern finished with two goals in the last twelve minutes.
The 2-0 lead was courtesy of Sammy Kay, who scored off a header assist by Shelby Adams (her second header assist in as many weeks), and another off an assist from Bailey Burchette, who played a tough game throughout.
There was no rain on this night, a rarity for this spring season. This was good news for Huskie fans, especially Jack Fuller, who although bikes everywhere every day, is not a fan of rain and curves. Those of you who were afraid to ask Jack what happened to his face… now you know the rest of the story.
Northern did mount serious offensive pressure throughout the game, but KC goalie Grace Kiel did a nice job of stopping many opportunities. Those final two goals near the end of the game iced it for PN. Karli Fisher fed Casey Shauman for the third goal of the evening and Kay finished her hat trick by threading a free kick from just outside the box through an opening the size of a, well, a soccer ball. Scott Kay got the assist on the goal, as just before the ball was struck Scott yelled “keep it low!” from the stands.
Nicole Berry provided one of Northern’s highlights by surviving a scrum in the corner with two Giants, disappearing momentarily but somehow coming out of the corner with the ball.
Northern has played without three of its players all year. The injured reserve list includes Breanne Bye, Josie Huss, and Maggie Woolley. For tonight’s game, they were joined by Danielle Melgar, who should just miss a couple of games. Word is Danielle got hurt volunteering. Actually, odds are, she probably did, since she does so much. Congrats to Danielle for being a Kalamazoo Gazette STAR award winner for her volunteer efforts. Use this link to see the article in last week’s paper.
Danielle Melgar Article
April 20, 2011 vs. PC
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” Maya Angelou quotes (American Poet, b.1928).
Looking for some solace here, that stems from so many close calls in the Portage Northern / Portage Central rivalry. This one pushed into overtime, where with 20 seconds left in overtime, a Central player found a loose ball in the rainy, slippery box just a few feet from the goal, and finished the 2-1 game with a golden goal.
Northern struck first late in the first half on a reset that Laura Glass pounded a long way right into the box, where Casey Shauman headed in the ball. Northern held the 1-0 lead at the half.
“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all”. ~Sam Ewing
Everyone turned up for this one! The defense played extraordinarily well in this game, keeping a potent Mustang attack off the board for the first 89 minutes of action, with the exception of one goal with about 30 minutes left in regulation. The defense showed up for this one and their hard work was nearly flawless.
“When the world says, "Give up"; Hope whispers, "Try it one more time." ~Author Unknown
The offense suffered some injuries during the game, helped out on defense, and simply kept trying to muster the energy to get that game winner. It was a courageous effort by this group.
“Fall seven times, stand up eight”. ~Japanese Proverb
The eighth game of the streak is coming up.
The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running. ~Author unknown, in reference to Ecclesiastes 9:11, "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to (wo)men of understanding, nor yet favour to (wo)men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all."
Have a nice Easter.
|A great showing by the Student Body in the Fans Section|
|Sam takes on the Defender||Bailey holds the attack at bay|
|Shelby shutting down the attack||Morgan wins the ball|
|Karli Drives to the Ball||Laura anchoring the defense|
3 for 1 Tournament, April 16, 2011
On a day that was hot and sunny… in Cancun, the Portages put on their annual Coast of Ireland Wet and Windy Three for One tournament, bringing in three top-notch teams from around the state. The Chargers from Midland Dow, the Okemos Chieftans, and the Traverse City Central Trojans braved not only the weather, but also outrageous gas prices to come to Portage.
The Saturday morning contest, which cut into many adult’s coffee and newspaper time, was a tough battle that Northern lost 1-2. Dow scored on a Huskie “own goal” in the first half, but moments later Northern scored in similar fashion, although the Charger defender was actually just protecting herself from a Sammy Kay Scorcher. Midland countered again though, and Northern could not muster many final chances to tie. A bright spot on the dreary morning was the fine defensive play of Morgan Muchez, who succeeded in many stops on a group of speedy forwards. Also, two freshmen players were brought up for the three games and contributed excellent minutes throughout the day: Grace VanderSloot and Bailey Burchette.
Game two against Okemos was a tale of two halves. The wind and rain blowing in hard from the Portage Post Office seemed to be a factor in both halves; however the Huskies seemed to play with a new passion in the second half, their best half of soccer of the season for sure. Northern had one shot on goal in the first half, which had them fending off Okemos pressure for the entire thirty minutes. Okemos did score with just over 20 minutes left in the game, but then Northern applied 20 minutes of goalmouth action. It started with Casey Shauman banging one off the crossbar, and ended with Sam Kay hitting Scorcher Two into the upper tier of the net from 18 yards out (the ball zipped over the goalie’s head while the goalie’s brain was just processing that “…a…shot…is…being…struck…and…I…have…to…”). Shelby Adams, a rock defender, helped jumpstart the offense with some spirited time at forward in the second half. Katie Sorensen picked up any slack on defense and helped a strong defensive team effort that limited the Chieftans to their lone goal.
The final game, with weather so nasty the best seats were in the restroom, saw most players wondering why they didn’t go out for forensics instead. After a scoreless tie at halftime, Hannah Scafaria scored with 20 minutes left in the game. In quick succession after that, Casey Shauman scored off a header assist from Adams, and then Erin Pryor wrapped up the scoring for the game and day. The Trojans scored a late goal, making the score 3-1 in the soggy final. Northern finished the day with one loss, one tie, one win… and some really messy uniforms.
After a day of rest, the Huskies face a Schedule on Steroids, with a week of tough soccer with games at East Kentwood Monday, versus Portage Central on Wednesday, and versus Forest Hills Central on Friday.
PN Defeats Mattawan April 13, 2011
Is there really anything better than this? The home opener for Lady Huskie soccer, sunny skies, Chez Huskie burgers, Jenna Long’s birthday...and oh yes, a shutout victory. It seems like that first game was so long ago, back when the player’s didn’t have tans and the fans didn’t have good food to eat. But this is Portage Northern my friend, where the soccer/dinner combo is currently ranked number one in the state.
Sammy Kay scored just one minute in. It was like when you go bowling and you roll one heading to the gutter and turn away, only to miss a strike when magical things happen. Sam’s shot was a roller right to the goalie, but the ball rolled on through and into the net for a 1-0 lead. Northern scored again twice midway through the half, both goals coming from Hannah Scafaria in somewhat similar fashion. Hannah made moves in front of the goal, but got off quick surprise shots off the outer half of her foot to the open part of the net. First half goals were assisted by Casey Shauman, Kay, and Nicole Berry.
We do need to clarify something from the announcer’s booth about the food being served. Tom Weissert commented that Huskie Burgers were being served along with free chicken. Some Mattawan fans thought they might be eating Husky burgers, as in dog meat. Others thought they were getting free chicken. But, the meat is hamburger and the chickens are free-range, so now that that is clarified…
Just a few minutes into the second half Shelby Adams was taken down in the box. Sam Kay served up the PK hard and into the net for her second goal. Scafaria secured her hat trick with an unassisted goal midway through the second half by tracking down a loose ball in the box. Shauman finished the scoring with a rocket with ten minutes left in the game, giving the Huskies a 6-0 victory.
Northern played well, with everyone seeing plenty of action. Regan Crowell and Savannah Fuller spent the second half controlling the ball and serving up numerous beautiful passes. The entire defense was dominant, giving up one shot on goal. The defense this year, like so many previous years and sports, is led by senior Laura Glass.
Laura recently attended the Michigan high school state championship basketball game not as a player or fan, but as one of 32 scholar athletes statewide to receive a $1,000 college scholarship celebrating her academic and athletic achievements. This academic prowess of Laura’s did not just happen in the past few years. It began long before high school. Kindergarten students have a few hours of orientation for their “first day”. Laura was fully engaged at the orientation and loved every minute of it. At bed time, Laura was walking down the hallway on her way to bed, and remarked “This is the BEST day of my life!” She loved being at school and by the end of the week she asked “Why isn’t there school on Saturday and Sunday? Laura is not all about defense though. One spring day as a five year old, she was playing basketball with a neighbor. She said “Come on Morgan, DEFENSE me!”
So, IS there anything really better than this? If there is, it will come next week. Stay tuned.
PN Defeats Vicksburg - March 28, 2011
The long wait is over. Nine months ago when a last second shot hit the post and ended another fine season of Huskie soccer, we shook our heads and said… “Next year!” Well, here we are. Of course that game was much warmer then. With tonight’s temperature hovering at the freezing mark at Vicksburg’s beautiful field, we were grateful not only for the return of soccer, but also that there was no wind or precipitation. Portage Northern started the season with a mid-season-like walking wounded list, but the healthy players remaining left little doubt about the depth this still-young team possesses.
Only eight minutes in, Northern notched their first goal of the season. Sam Kay took a corner that bounded into the box, and Karli Fisher, knowing that heading the ball off one bounce hurts much less than heading it out of the air, knocked the ball into the net for the 1-0 lead. Midway through the first half Danielle Melgar crossed a ball into Erin Prior, who was positioned with her back to the net. Prior looked to be gearing up for a bicycle kick, but wisely and simply just caught the ball on the top of her foot and flicked it over her head, and the goalie’s head, for a 2-0 lead. Minutes later Prior sent a perfect long through-ball to Casey Shauman, who found that shifting gears earlier did not work, so she put the pedal to the leather and raced in and beat the goalie in a one on one battle.
With seven minutes left in the half, Northern goalie Sid Block made a great point-blank save, but the Bulldogs used the ensuing corner kick to score their only goal of the evening. For the last seven minutes of the half, Vicksburg totally controlled the action and had a breakaway opportunity as the last five seconds ticked away. Again, a lunging save just before the buzzer by Block kept the two goal lead in tact at the break.
The mind-numbing temperatures did not seem to bother the players, but was affecting some fans. Late in the first half Sprig Shauman yelled to the Huskie players “Play tough Yellow”. However, the Huskies have been Orange for decades.
The Bulldog’s could not keep their momentum going in the second half, thanks to a Rapid Hat Trick (not to be confused with a rabbit out of a hat trick) by Hannah Scafaria, scoring three goals in the first seven minutes of the second half. The first was a nice spin move and quick shot from 20 yards out, unassisted. Then, off assists from Shauman and Kay, Scafaria put the game out of reach with two more goals.
Sam Kay scored Northern’s final two goals to make it an 8-1 victory. Kay had flirted with the outside of the posts all game long, but her persistence paid off later in the second half, finishing off assists from Fisher and Nicole Berry.
Two freshmen on the varsity saw ample action and performed well. Emily Juzwiak and Kelsey Lewis showed they were ready to play with the big girls.
Spring break separates this game with the Huskies next game more than two weeks out. This should give Sprig Shauman ample time to work on his colors.
|Casey attacks the Goal||Sydney Punts the ball Downfield||Danielle controls the ball|
|Danielle keeps possesion||Morgan Drives on the ball||Hannah takes on the keeper|
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