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Cardinals defeat Broncos for first time since 2009
NORTH BRANCH – The Millington Cardinals girls soccer team defeated North Branch by a score of 3-1 in Tri-Valley East Conference action on Monday. The win over the Broncos is the first time the Millington girls soccer program has defeated North Branch since the 2009 season. The Cardinals were led by two goals from senior Makayla Bremer and one from Elizabeth Selich while the Cardinal defense held the high-scoring Broncos to just seven total shots in the contest.
“That really was the difference, the way our defense played,” Millington coach Andrew Selich said. “They have a kid that scored over 30 goals last season, and scored all three on us in the first game this season (a 3-0 North Branch win). So I knew we had to contend with her first.”
That job fell to senior Gabby Kociba, who marked up the North Branch forward all game and held her without a goal for the game. That allowed the other Cardinal defenders more freedom to contend with the other Bronco players.
“Our defense really played well,” Coach Selich said. “Emi Colman and Sarah Simpson were great in the middle and the others, Nikki Sherman, Arial Lansford and Shelby Dues all played lights out defense.”
Millington got on the board first when Bremer broke free in the middle of the field and buried a shot past the North Branch goalie with 14:30 left on the clock in the first half, giving her team a 1-0 lead. Bremer added another goal for the brace with just :05 left to play before the half. After being fouled while going after a free ball, Bremer lined up for a Direct Kick from 35 yards and lifted the shot over the entire North Branch defense and outstretched arms of the Broncos goalie to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
“Makayla really played a phenomenal game,” Coach Selich said. “She dominated the game in the midfield and really showed up in this game when we needed her the most.”
The Cardinals final goal came with 31:19 left to play. Freshman Sarah Simpson lifted a Corner Kick into the box where Elizabeth Selich was waiting to send it into the back of the net. North Branch added their lone goal with 10:34 left on the clock, but that was close as the home team would get as the Cardinals held on for the win.
“This was a huge win for us,” Coach Selich said. “We had some tough games in the first month of the season, but we have played several close games against some really good teams. Getting this win just shows that the girls are working hard and that hard work is starting to pay off.”
Millington (2-6-1) returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to Frankenmuth to take on the Eagles. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30pm.