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April 24, 2013

Vikings strike early to beat Traverse City Central

TRAVERSE CITY — Not only did Abby Fuller seem to be unfazed by the snow and cold Tuesday night at the Coast Guard field, but she actually was able to thrive in the inclement playing conditions.

Cadillac’s junior forward/midfielder scored two goals and added two assists as the Vikings remained unbeaten with a 5-0 girls soccer victory over Traverse City Central in a game that was called with 13:52 left in the second half due to weather.

While the weather certainly wasn’t ideal, Fuller didn’t let it affect her play as she was a key component in a fast start by the Vikings, who scored three goals in the first 24 minutes and held a 4-0 lead at the half.

“It was very, very, very cold. There was lots of slipping and sliding, but we played really well. We adapted to the weather really well,” said Fuller. “It was cold, but it’s northern Michigan. I was having fun. I got a lot of good passes from my teammates and it actually was a really fun game.”

Fuller helped get Cadillac on the board, assisting on a Sydney Barcey goal five minutes into the contest, then found the back of the net herself 11 minutes later with an assist from Jenna Erway. Gabby Sake added a goal at the 16:26 mark for the Vikings and Holly Kennard rounded out a dominant first half with a goal in the 39th minute, with Fuller assisting once again.

Staring at a 4-0 deficit at the half was clearly not what Central was anticipating.

“What you saw in the first half was not what our team is,” said Central coach Janna Deering. “We didn’t show up and do what we’re capable of doing. Did they catch us off guard? Yes, but I’m proud of the way, even when they were down at the half, they were saying ‘we can do this.’

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