Carlson will face Huron in the final
TRENTON – Araya Shulaw has had some superb matches on goal for the Gibraltar Carlson football team this season.
But Friday’s effort in a 1-0 victory over Trenton in the Division 2 District semifinals in Trenton may have been his best. She only had to make seven saves, but most of them were tough chances.
“Araya has held onto her head a few times,” Carlson coach Steve Briggs said. “She made some very good saves. I would put that in the best three games she’s played.
Carlson got the only goal in the competition just over halfway through the first half.
“We had the wind behind us at the time,” Briggs noted.
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Junior Julia Ross had an unassisted count.
“She shot about 30 yards,” Briggs said. “She hit hard. He was a howler. Their keeper got their hands on it, but he passed her.
Briggs knew Trenton would try to put pressure on in the second half and that’s exactly what happened.
“The first part of the second half, they challenged us really hard,” said Briggs.
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But Shulaw was up to the challenge.
“It was a big back-and-forth between two teams that previously had two games tied in the regular season championship,” said Briggs.
Carlson will be 11-3-3 in the district final at 7 p.m. Wednesday against New Boston Huron, who beat Riverview 4-0 on Friday.
“I know they’re a very strong team,” said Briggs.
Milan falls at the start of the hole
TECUMSEH – A poor rebound and poor defensive communication put Milan in a hole they couldn’t escape on Friday.
The Big Reds trailed 2-0 at the half and lost 3-1 to south Lyon-Est in the Division 2 district semifinals at Tecumseh.
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“We played very hard,” said Milan coach Victor Plasse. “They just let us down and by the time we got up we had dug a hole.
Milan returned to the game in the second half when Alysia Townsend scored an assist from Allie Millina.
“We arrived after the break with super energy,” said Plasse. “We woke up. I feel like we were the better team in the second half.
But the south of Lyon East managed to score again to restore their two-goal lead and Milan’s season ended at 12-3-2.
“This is by far a very big improvement for us,” said Plasse.
Bedford bows out
TEMPERANCE – An unassisted goal from rookie Madden Mosley was the only offense Bedford could muster in a 2-1 loss to Belleville on Friday.
The Mules retired from the Division 1 district hosted by Woodhaven and ended their season at 5-12-1.
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“We played well,” said Bedford coach Mitch Cousino. “They scored in the first nine minutes and unfortunately some calls were unsuccessful.”
Senior Olivia Valdez had to step in for goalie due to injury and played well with 11 saves. Lexi Ripple, Corynn Tominello, Maura Zahniser and Belle Easton also had some good games for the Mules.
Cousino said his team have improved this season.
“Coming out of a COVID year where we didn’t have a season, a lot of these girls hadn’t played together at all,” he said. “We’ve definitely made progress from day one so far. I am satisfied with the direction of the program. “
Mansfield leads the bears
FOWLERVILLE – Alex Mansfield won the shot put and discus to lead the Jefferson boys to a sixth place finish in the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association Division 2 team finals on Friday.
Mansfield broke his own school record with a 58-5.5 shot put and lifted the 144-5 disc.
Nolan Vanover won the 400m in: 52.49 and was fifth in the 800m.
Vanover also raced with Ty Grube, Carter McCalister and Will Robinson in the 3200 fourth place relay and Jacob Priester, Caden Pridemore and Jackson Barath in the fifth place 800 relay.
Robinson was third in the 800.
McCalister was fourth in the 3200 and sixth in the 1600 and Grube 10th in the 3200.
“It was a miserable day for the race and you could tell my kids were still heavy from the League game on Tuesday, but they rose to the occasion,” said Jefferson coach Josh Ludwick . “We had a great performance against some very good athletes.”