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Cardinals tie Railroaders in season opener
MILLINGTON – Eighty minutes of soccer was not enough time to determine a winner for the Millington girls varsity soccer team in its season opener with Durand on Thursday. The Cardinals played well against a determined Railroader squad, and came away with a 2-2 tie to open the 2018 season.
The Cardinals had plenty of opportunities to break the tie, and even open the lead in the second half when the offense generated several good scoring chances. But each opportunity was thwarted by the play of Durand goalie Julia DeYoung, who made 19 saves in the game to keep her team in the game.
“The Durand goalie really did a fantastic job today,” Millington coach Andrew Selich said. “We were generating offense, had a lot of good shots on goal, yet she kept making unbelievable saves. We just needed another goal or two, but we just couldn’t get it.”
Emi Colman opened the scoring for the Cardinals just eight minutes into the game to give the home team an early lead. Colman received a pass from Elizabeth Selich just outside the 18 and lifted one over the Durand goalie’s hands and into the net. The goal for Colman was her first since her sophomore season.
Durand evened the contest with 2:29 left to play in the first half to knot the score before halftime.
After the break, the two teams battled it out for possession, before Rebekah Williams gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead with a goal with 15:36 left to play in the game. The Cardinals defense held strong until the 5:06 mark, when a Railroader goal tied the game again and accounted for the final score.
For the contest, the Cardinal offense generated 27 shots on goal, while the Railroaders finished with 23 shots. Millington freshman goalie Hannah Bees registered 14 saves in her first varsity game.
“Ties are tough, but I told the girls while we may not have done enough to win, we certainly played too well to take a loss,” Coach Selich said. “I though Hannah made some outstanding saves tonight, and overall we played a great game. We have some things we need to fix, but we will get back to work on those things go forward from here.”
The Cardinals next game is Monday, April 16, at Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:00pm.