Last minute goal by Mulcahy seals victory for Ocelots
By Nick Misiak
Emily Mulcahy scored with under five minutes left to go in regulation to clinch a 5-4 victory over Lake Michigan on Sat. Oct 25 in Schoolcraft’s final regular season game. The victory also guaranteed the Ocelots their fourth straight MCCAA regular season title and a top seed in the NJCAA Region XII Tournament.
In an afternoon filled with intensity, the Ocelots were able to battle through tough weather conditions and two offensive outbursts by the Red Hawks in order to end their season with another victory in the win column.
“Overall, I thought despite the conditions our team played well and showed a lot of resilience,” said Head Coach Deepak Shivraman “I have seen teams unravel and come apart, but our players kept their heads and played with composure till the end.”
Schoolcraft exploded offensively in the first half, scoring three goals in a dominant performance. Lacey Chanady opened the scoring 7:41 into the game when she rifled a shot past Lake Michigan goalkeeper Christy Jo Gonzalez to give the Ocelots an early 1-0 advantage. Shae van Gassen scored off of a Mulcahy assist seven minutes later to increase the Ocelot lead to two. After a Red Hawk foul in the box at 41:51, Hannah Hasbrouck scored on the ensuing penalty kick, making the score 3-0.
Lake Michigan came out looking to erase their first half deficit, and responded by scoring two goals in the first five minutes of the second half. Red Hawk’s Morgan French scored on the first shot of the half and Skylar Cooper scored on a penalty kick less than two minutes later to tighten the gap to 3-2.
Sophomore co-captain Jessica Parry regained the two goal Ocelot advantage at 56:23, scoring on Schoolcraft’s second penalty kick of the game.
The Red Hawks would not go down quietly however, and again erupted for two goals, this time in seven minutes; both coming from Cooper, tying the game at 4-4.
The score would remain deadlocked until Mulcahy, who had entered the game just 27 seconds earlier, received a pass from Tiffany Gales and scored, giving the Ocelots the 5-4 lead that stood at the end of regulation.
The victory improved the Ocelots to 10-1-1 on the year and 7-1 in MCCAA conference play.
Schoolcraft is scheduled to begin their postseason on Sat. Nov. 1 against Jackson in the NJCAA Region XII Tournament at Delta College. For coverage and results of the Womens Soccer team and their run in the playoffs, please visit www. schoolcraftconnection.com.