Soccer: Northmen down T.C. Central, 2-0
Boyne City senior Steven Halstead (right) controls the ball as Charlevoix senior Jordan Jelinek defends during the first half of Thursday's Lake Michigan Conference match in Boyne City. (Steve Foley/News-Review / September 28, 2012)
The win, Petoskey's fourth straight, avenged an earlier 2-0 loss to the Trojans, and it lifted the Northmen to 8-7-1 overall, 7-2 league. It was the first league loss for Central, which is 6-1-2 in conference play.
Petoskey and Central are now tied for second place, each with 14 points (two for a win, one for a tie). T.C. West, an 8-0 winner over Gaylord on Thursday, is 8-0-1 in the league and is first with 17 points.
Petoskey plays host to to the Titans on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
"It was a well-deserved win," Petoskey coach Zach Jonker said. "Central had us chasing the ball the first 15 minutes, but we settled in and took it to them for some stretches as well.
"Evan Altman rang a bomb off of the bar and Dankert got in for a breakaway that the Central keeper did well to snuff out. There are too many guys to mention. It was our best collective effort of the season. We all enjoyed celebrating some goals and getting a big win in a really meaningful game. It was a great reward for the guys after losing a bunch of tight games to top level teams."
Dankert broke through 17 minutes into the second half. Connor Ingleson whipped a long throw-in into the penalty area and Altman flicked it to Dankert who lobbed a shot over the keeper's head from 15 yards out.
Dankert scored Petoskey's insurance goal with seven minutes remaining.
"Hunter Viles made an incredible hustle play to win a tackle and keep the ball in our attacking third," Jonker said. "The ball popped out to Dankert and he did well to beat a defender and slide the ball past the keeper."
Jonker moved Dankert up to a forward spot, interchanging him with teammate Louis Lamberti, and the move paid off.
"Dankert has been spending most of his time in the backline, but we flipped him and Louis tonight because of matchups," Jonker said. "Obviously, Dankert delivered, but Louis was just as important in dominating the aerial battle and in shutting down Central's most dangerous forward."
Drew Smith posted the shutout in goal, while Noah Honaker, AJ Hoffman, Trent McCullough and Ingleson "played a flawless game behind Lamberti and really limited Central's quality chances," Jonker said. "Drew Smith was up to the task on all of Central's shots and his confidence keeps growing."
The Northmen go to East Lansing on Saturday, Oct. 6, for a non-league game. East Lansing is ranked fifth in the Division II state coaches poll.
"It will be a nice opportunity to see how stack up against a top DII team," Jonker said.
Central won the JV match, 3-2. Nathaniel Reed and Ben Hoffman scored Petoskey's goals. Reed and Brian Riordan each had an assist.
Harbor Springs 8, Kalkaska 0
HARBOR SPRINGS -- John Bailey and Cody Selewski scored two goals apiece Thursday as Harbor Springs won a Lake Michigan Conference match, improving to 6-10.
Colton Jacobs, Casey Cosens, Forrest Lundgren and Tristine Kenwabikise also scored, while Lundgren finished with two assists.
It was the first varsity goals for Cosens and Jacobs.