Left, North junior Justine Lynn, left, had a couple of great chances to score goals, but goalie saves kept the Norsemen off the board. Right, photos by bob bruce
South junior Cydney Webb scored the first goal in the Blue Devils' 5-0 victory over city rival Grosse Pointe North. photo by Bob Bruce.
April 17, 2014Rivals Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South opened division play early last week.
It was less than ideal conditions with a constant drizzle falling and cool temperatures.
Despite the adversity, host South got a leg up on North, winning 5-0.
"We finally had our offense at full strength and it showed tonight," South head coach Gene Harkins said. "The girls moved well and ran the offense to get good shots on goal.
"It was a nice win for us and we caught North when they weren't playing their best."
For the Norsemen, it was summed up when head coach Skipper Mukhtar walked off the field alone with his hood up and rain falling.
The Blue Devils scored four first half goals to set the tone.
Junior Cydney Webb scored early in the opening half and senior Dani Manning added a goal midway through the half to make it 2-0.
Senior Franny Weber tallied, with Webb netting an assist, to give the home team a 3-0 lead and it was 4-0 when junior Tori McShane converted a pass from Manning and sent it to the back of the Norsemen's net.
At the 22:10 mark of the second half, junior Alex Rogers scored the final goal, with Weber getting the assist.
Harkins switched his lineup around and gave both of his goalies playing time.
For the Norsemen, it was a frustrating game for junior Justine Lynn, the team's most potent offensive player.
She had a couple of great shots on net, but goalie saves kept the Norsemen off the scoreboard.
The teams meet at North Wednesday, May 7.
Both teams played non-league games last week, with South tying Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 2-2 and North losing 3-2 to Detroit Country Day.
"We played well enough to win, but just had a couple of mistakes that cost us," Mukhtar said.
Lynn and senior Katelyn Kohler scored for the Norsemen.
South is 1-0 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division and 2-0-3 overall; North is 0-1 in the division and 1-7-1 overall.
It was the same scene as a year ago.
The University Liggett girls' soccer team had its season opener postponed and played its first game a few days later against Summit Sports Academy at Rochester Hills Stoney Creek High School.
And just like last year, the Knights lost 1-0 to sit 0-1 on the young season.
"I can't complain too much because our girls really did a nice job against an almost club-like soccer team," head coach David Dwaihy said. "We played a very good team and played well.
"We haven't had much time together on the field, but that didn't stop our girls from playing a tough game."
The Knights were scheduled to open at home against Royal Oak Shrine, but poor weather and field conditions forced the cancellation.