Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 24, 2013

Vikings strike early to beat Traverse City Central

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — 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.’

“We fixed the things we needed to fix, but unfortunately we couldn’t finish.”

Fuller capped off the scoring early in the second half with an unassisted goal. The win improved Cadillac to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the league. The Vikings have never won a Big North girls soccer title, but have gotten off to the kind of start that has them hopeful they can break that streak.

“We’ve got experienced players who have worked hard for years and years to better themselves,” said Cadillac coach Jen VanNoord. “They’ve put in the time. They’ve focused well in practice to be better the next practice and better the next game. It’s starting to pay off.

“We’re trying to take it one game at a time. In order to accomplish our goals we need to just win the next game.”

Mackenzie Hurlburt made six saves in net for the Vikings. Katie Ludwig and Katie Wheeler shared keeper duties for Central, making two saves.

The loss left a bitter taste in the mouths of the Trojans (3-4, 2-1 Big North), who felt their performance wasn’t representative of their team.

“They were angry when the refs called it,” said Deering. “A lot of teams would’ve said thank God, but they were saying ‘coach, we want to play. We want to score a goal.’ That shows they were not defeated. They absolutely want to play this team again.”

Cadillac won the junior varsity game 3-0. Katelyn Erickson, Emily MacLean and Natalie Appledorn scored Cadillac’s goals.