2018-10-06 / Sports

Island Soccer Team Has Strong Season Defending NLL Title

By Erich T. Doerr

The Mackinac Island Lakers soccer team’s pursuit of a third-consecutive Northern Lights League championship in 2018 has been going well so far, with the team’s 11- 2 record putting it in contention to achieve its goal. The team won five games in a row during the second half of September before Munising Baptist snapped its winning streak Tuesday, October 2.

“On a whole, we’ve been going really well,” Mackinac Island coach Mary Patay said.

Coach Patay said that all of her players have been doing great this season, adding goalie Albert Mosley has been “on fire” in the net. The team’s midfielders having been working well with its offense throughout the year. She said that most of the team’s games this season have gone well excluding its two losses. The Lakers, she added, are looking to improve on defense as the end of the season approaches.

The team’s regular season finale will be Wednesday, October 10, on the road against Grand Marais with the NLL championship tournament concluding the season Saturday, October 13, in Hannahville. The Michigan High School Athletic Association does not sanction a state championship tournament for Upper Peninsula teams.

Recent Mackinac

Islands Results:

Lakers Split on the Season with

Munising Baptist

The Lakers’ most recent game Tuesday, October 2, saw the team defeated 4-3 on the road by Munising Baptist with Coach Patay noting their opponents outhustled and outplayed them. The game was not without highlights for Mackinac Island, as Aaron Riggs, Dominic Morse, and Alex Henlin each scored a goal for the team while Matthew Cowell and Trevor Pereny added assists. Mosley recorded 15 saves in the net.

The Lakers split with the Bobcats this season as their earlier match Tuesday, September 18, saw Mackinac Island win 8-2 at home in a game that Patay said was much closer than the score implied. Riggs recorded a hat trick in that game as he had four goals and one assist. Morse added two more goals while Henlin had one and Mosley stopped 18 shots.

Mackinac Island Sweeps

Arch Rival Beaver Island in

Home Finale

There’s never any love lost when Mackinac Island faces off against its traditional rival, Beaver Island, in any sport and that was case Friday, September 28, as the Lakers bested the visiting Islanders 5-0 before defeating them again in a tight 4-3 matchup Saturday, September 29, in their final home game of the season. The opening game was the Lakers’ 10th win of the season. Mosley was “unstoppable” according to Coach Patay as he recorded 14 saves on his way to his fourth shutout of the year. On offense Morse and Riggs each had two goals with Morse also adding two assists. Henlin also had one goal and three assists. Robert Chambers ran the practices to help the Lakers prepare for this game as Patay was out of town.

The home finale September 29 came down to the wire as both teams were tied at 3-3 late in the game. A steal by Pereny with just two minutes left opened the door for a pass to Morse who then beat the Islanders’ defenders to score the winning goal. Henlin had a hat trick with three goals earlier in the game as Morse and Riggs got the assists. Mosley had nine saves.

Lakers Sweep

Ojibwe Charter School

Mackinac Island found success against Brimley’s Ojibwe Charter School with a pair of victories at home; besting their opposition 9-0 Friday, September 21, and 8-0 Saturday,

September 22. The opening game was played in windy conditions but the weather did little to slow the Lakers’ offense as Riggs and Morse each scored a hat trick with Riggs also adding an assist. Henlin, Ella Cowell and Pereny also each had a goal with Pereny and Derby Kromer also recording assists. Mosley had two saves in the first half before his brother Guyil Mosley took over for the second one.

The second game Saturday saw Mackinac Islander’s younger players take center stage as seventh graders Cowell, Kromer, and Alique Henlin each recording a goal; the latter celebrating his birthday with the score after being passed the ball by teammate Aidan Ogle. Morse recorded a hat trick with three goals while Mabel Styburski and Sean Burt each had one. Mosley again had two saves while Pereny and Henlin recorded two assists apiece.

Lakers Learn and Strike

Back After First Loss

Mackinac Island’s first loss of the season was an 8-5 defeat against Big Bay de Noc on the road Friday, September 14, despite a four-goal effort from Riggs and 18 saves by Mosely. Coach Patay noted the team immediately learned from this loss and adjusted their play style, bouncing back to win the rematch Saturday, September 15, 3-1. Henlin scored two goals while Riggs had had one. Mosley had 10 saves as the Lakers defense shut down Big Bay’s top scorer, holding them to one goal instead of the seven from the prior game.

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