MAPLE CITY — Buckley got revenge from two losses to Glen Lake in the regular season, beating the Lakers 2-1 in a Division 4 district soccer opener at Glen Lake.
Jake Burgess scored both goals for Buckley (8-6-3) and Dustin Tandy assisted on one of those.
Buckley had to rally to get the win as Glen Lake scored early in the first half during a dominant opening 20 minutes where the Lakers also hit the post several times.
The Bears tied the game before the half, then put in the go-ahead goal with 29 minutes remaining.
“The last 29 minutes were a real nail biter,” said Buckley coach John Vermilya. “It was a battle.
“We’ve lost in the first round of districts for the past three years straight, so to win a district game — our players were super pumped.”
Tyler Welch made 15 saves in goal for Buckley, which plays McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in McBain.
Suttons Bay 5
Logan Mikesell scored four goals and Aaron Orban notched his seventh shutout of the season as Suttons Bay posted a 5-0 Division 4 district win over Northport.
Scout Finch scored the Norsemen’s other goal, while Jason Winowiecki had two assists and Evan Busby, Eric Hutton and Marcos Villanueva each had one helper.
The Norse (9-8-4) — who led 5-0 at halftime — host Leland at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Elk Rapids 1
Boyne City 0
Elk Rapids scored the only goal of the night 10 minutes into the game, then had to hang on for a 1-0 win over Boyne City in a Division 3 district soccer opener at Elk Rapids.
Preston McDowell netted the Elks’ goal, but they couldn’t find the back of the net again despite putting 42 shots on goal.
“We were phenomenal for the first 10-20 minutes,” said Elk Rapids coach Nate Plum. “After that it was like someone flipped the switch.”
Tommy Wirtz made one save in net for the Elks (11-9-3), who host Grayling in the semifinals on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Team Britton wins championship
Team Britton won a state championship in Division D at the equestrian state finals in Midland.
Team Britton, which is homeschooler Noah Britton from the Kalkaska area, was one of four local teams that competed in the finals, along with Grand Traverse Academy, fourth in Division C, Traverse City St. Francis, seventh in Division B, and Traverse City Central, eighth in Division A.
— Compiled by James Cook and Chris Dobrowolski