Teamwork fundamentals

Women’s soccer holds onto first place, post season in sight

By Chris Skarnulis, Arts and Entertainment Editor

The Women’s soccer team has maintained an outstanding record and is riding an eight game winning streak as of Oct 9. The team currently holds a 10-2 overall record and a 7-0 record in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) with the victory against the Cincinnati State Surge on Oct. 9, 2-1.

Mallory Bryant dribbles the ball away from the Cincinnati State defensemen. (PHOTO BY FELIX OLIVAS-LOPEZ, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Rematch of rivals 

This was the second time the Ocelots and the Surge faced off this season. Both teams played on Sept. 18 at Cincinnati in which Schoolcraft won 3-2. Cincinnati State travelled to The Mitten in search of redemption. Sophomore Captain Colleen McKay and freshman forward Lauren Wynns both scored for Schoolcraft two-fold; McKay scored early in the first half at the ten minute mark with an assist from Wynns, while Wynns scored in the second half at the 82 minute mark with an assist from McKay. McKay has played consistently well throughout the season and continues to lead the team to success.

The team kept their cool during the first half; scoring the only goal for Schoolcraft.

“I think the team has played really well the past few games. Everyone is determined and eager to win each game so that we are successful. Cincinnati is always a tough opponent because they play in a style similar to ours.” said McKay.

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Raven Buck fights for the ball near the sidelines. (PHOTO BY MIKEY CEBULSKI, PHOTO EDITOR)

The first half ended with a score of 1-0 Schoolcraft. During the first half, Schoolcraft mostly kept the ball in their possession.
Towards the middle of the second half, Schoolcraft scored another goal while Cincinnati was yet to. Being new to the team, Wynns has stepped up and played great offense for the team. Her score and assist during the game helped with victory morale.

“I think we played well although we were nervous. Overall, our team has really good chemistry and that pays off during practice and games. Sharing a passion for this sport and being able to rely on each other really mix when it comes to playing well,” said Wynns.

During the game both teams played dirty, racking up a number of fouls. The Ocelots were the only team to get a yellow card in the second half at the 78-minute mark.

Escaping with a narrow victory, Head Coach Dave Carver was satisfied with the end score, “Despite a close victory, our team played well. Cincinnati is a very strong team that plays smart. Obstacles such as the wind and deflections were hardships that were handled well; it was a great thing for our players to endure. Tactically, we were able to see the game out and pull another win against Cincinnati, which is a great feeling,” said Carver.

From the second half onward, it was all a game of strategy. Cincinnati took several shots against Schoolcraft, but to no avail. Although Cincinnati scored once during the second half at the 82-minute mark, the Ocelots were able to hold off strong until the end.

The team is in the final stretch of the regular season and has just two remaining home games before post-season action. The Ocelots will face off against Jackson on, Oct. 19 and then close out the season against Lake Michigan on Oct. 23. To find team schedules, rosters and scores go to the MCCAA website at www.mccaa.org.