Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 24, 2013

Vikings strike early to beat Traverse City Central


“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.

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