The team bent, but did not break. A testament to the mental toughness of this team was on full display in yesterday’s match against a very tough Imlay City team. Within a one minute span in the first half, and after only 8 minutes of play, Imlay City roared up the center to score twice on one on one’s with the Eagle goalie, Gabe Kiel. The Eagles did not hang their heads and quit. No, quite the opposite. They stepped it up. A close offside call negated a beautiful score that would have cut the lead to one goal. Still no quit in the team. Then with 5 minutes left in the 1st half, Derek Williams neatly put away a penalty kick awarded the Eagles for a handball violation in the penalty area by Imlay City. The 2nd half saw the momentum shift to the Eagles. Our steady influx of fresh legs started to wear down our guests. In the 8th minute of play in the 2nd half, Muth was awarded a direct kick from about 25 yards out. Lathan Baker then placed an amazing curving shot into the top 90 of the far post to beat the Imlay goalie (Later the Imlay City Coach shared with me how impressed his goalie was with the pace and placement of that shot). Now the game is tied at 2 each. The game would go back and forth with both teams having great chances. Imlay City had a chance to score the winner when they were awarded a PK. Gabe Kiel and the shot taker stared each other down. The shot went wide to Gabe’s right. Gabe made 9 saves for the evening; many of the spectacular variety. If you ever saw a game that would make you come back, this was the game! Monday we play Freeland to try to gain a share of the conference championship. A tie is all Freeland needs, but like us they will not be satisfied with a tie. Game time is 4 PM. Would love to see a large crowd to support us!
- 2 Imlay City High School
- 2 Frankenmuth High School
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