TRAVERSE CITY – Oh, so close.
Cadillac lost a key 1-0 decision to take on Traverse City West in a Big North Conference women’s soccer game on Tuesday.
The Vikings (10-2-4 overall, 2-1-2 BNC) entered the competition just three points behind the Titans in the league standings, though West played another conference game.
“It was a tough loss for one of our rivals,” Cadillac coach Joy Weitzel said. “They are a physically strong and fast team, so there were times when we had our hands full.
“Despite a lackluster first half, we really fought for our chances in the second half and they were on their heels for most of it. I’m really proud of how we turned things around and were able to work together to play our game.”
West scored the only goal of the game on a breakaway 34 minutes into the game.
Elizabeth Baker made 11 saves in front of goal.
Cadillac is in Petoskey on Thursday.
CHEBOYGAN — A tie last week gave them a boost.
Northern Michigan Christian picked up a key league win, beating Cheboygan 1-0 in an NMSL game on Tuesday.
“I think we played with a lot of confidence after coming up against a great Baptist team from Midland Calvary on par,” said NMC coach Jen VanNoord. “Last season Cheboygan beat us hard both times we played. We were determined to play hard and physically and not give them anything easy.
“Our full backs are so consistent at stopping opponents by playing aggressively, never giving up and always covering for each other. I am extremely proud of their fight.
Jada VanNoord scored the game’s only goal 10 minutes into the second half thanks to an assist from Kate Krick.
Megan Bennett recorded the shutout in front of goal.
NMC (10-0-1 overall, 9-0 NMSL) hosts Big Rapids Crossroads today.
GRAND RAPIDS — Cadillac lost a pair of games, falling to Forest Hills Eastern 7-1 and to host Grand Rapids Catholic Central 6-1.
“We knew we were heading into elite tennis territory, but our girls never backed down,” Cadillac coach Erin Schaefer said. “They played hard on every point and in singles No. 2, Jaylyn (Hamilton) played over three hours to beat her regional opponent in straight sets.”
No. 1 Zoey Feister in singles lost to FHE 6-3, 6-0 and lost to GRCC 8-0.
Hamilton beat FHE 6-4, 6-3 before game two was called off due to weather.
Haylee Groen, at No. 3, lost to FHE 6-2, 6-1 and lost to GRCC 8-1.
Ellery Schaefer, at No. 4, lost to FHE 6-1, 6-2 and lost to GRCC 8-1.
No. 1 doubles Brooke Ellens and Madalie Dickerson lost to FHE 6-0, 6-2 and lost to GRCC 8-6.
Aly Baker and Karsyn Kastl, at No. 2, lost to FHE 6-0, 6-3 and lost to GRCC 8-6.
Haley Butkovich and Frannie Kiomento, at No. 3, lost to FHE 6-0, 6-0 and lost to GRCC 9-7.
Adri Beydoun and Emily Mason, at No. 4, lost to FHE 6-0, 6-1 and beat GRCC 8-4.
Cadillac competes in the Big North Conference Championships Thursday at Traverse City West.
MIDLAND – Cadillac’s JV team defeated Midland and Saginaw Heritage in a non-championship triathlon.
Maddy Stange and Katie Graham beat Midland 8-1 and beat Heritage 8-1 to double No. 1 while Isabella Peccia and Ava Mahon beat Midland 8-2 and Heritage 8-1 to No. 2.
Averee Heuker and Clara Brown beat Midland 8-7, 10-8 and beat Heritage 8-3 at No. 3 while Shay Pollington and Donna Hunyh beat Midland 8-4 and beat Heritage 8-4 at No. 4.
Eve Filkins and Sonya Hartoon lost to Midland 8-1 at No.5 and beat Heritage by default.