OTISVILLE – The Millington girls varsity soccer team posted a shutout win over LakeVille on Monday, winning the non-conference matchup by a final of 7-0. Goalkeeper Hannah Bees posted her first shutout of the season for the Cardinals (1-1) making five saves while the defense in front of her kept LakeVille (0-3) away from the net for most of the game, giving the young Millington offense time to find it’s footing.
“Once again, our defense and our keeper led the way for us,” Millington coach Andrew Selich said. “That’s what we expected to be the backbone of our team this season and so far for the first two games it has. It took us awhile to score on Monday, but once we did, I think we calmed down and started to play better with the ball.”
Freshman forward Vanessa Selich opened the scoring for the Cardinals with 23:36 left to play in the first half. Selich got loose in the box and made a nice move to get past the LakeVille keeper before burying the shot to give her team a 1-0 lead.
Sophomore forward Sarah Simpson then added two goals in the first half, the first one coming via an assist from Junior Skylar Strickland. SImpson took a pass in the box and got herself in front of the keeper and finished to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead with 14:38 to play before the half. Simpson’s second goal was on a Penalty Kick, which she converted with a 10:42 left to give her team the three goal advantage at the break.
After halftime, Danielle Kociba scored three times, once with 12:51 left to play, the second with 5:13 left on the clock and her third of the evening with just 32 seconds left in the game. Strickland added the other goal with 12:03 left in the match. Vanessa Selich added four assists, all in the second half, to go along with her goal. Strickland also added seven steals and 11 blocks from the Center Midfield position.
For the defense, Rebekah Williams finished with seven steals and 29 blocks, Madison Mohr had two steals and 19 blocks, while Arial Lansford (16 blocks), Emma Hoard (14 blocks), Kierrah Butterfield (12 blocks) and Olivia Williams (11 blocks) all contributed to the shutout win.
“This was a good win for us,” Coach Selich said. “It was a good team win, one where everyone on the field played a role in helping us get the victory. A total team effort. We earned it.”
The Cardinals next game is Thursday, April 19, in Frankenmuth. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30pm.