Manistee bounces back with 5-0 shutout of Benzie Central

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MANSITEE — The Manistee soccer team spent 80 minutes looking for their first goal Thursday, to no avail. 

On Friday, they only had to wait 18 minutes to get one past the Benzie Central goalkeeper. Then they got another a minute later and cruised 5-0 shutout in front of the Chippewas faithful. 

“We actually got our first shot off within a minute of the game started,” said Manistee girls soccer coach Rudy Guillen. “They were doing pretty well today.

“ … Once we got the first one to go in, it loosened them up a little bit and they remembered what they are supposed to be doing.”

 Manistee freshman midfielder Tatum Liston watches her shot beat Benzie Central goalie Maile Church in the first half of a 5-0 win at Manistee on Friday. (Jared Buchholz/News Advocate)

Manistee freshman midfielder Tatum Liston watches her shot beat Benzie Central goalie Maile Church in the first half of a 5-0 win at Manistee on Friday. (Jared Buchholz/News Advocate)

The Chippeaws (1-1) were led offensively by senior forward Olivia Vadeboncoeur’s two-goal effort. She also added an assist on junior Mallory Stefanski’s opening goal at 17:48 of the first half.

“We just cleaned up a lot of things. We talked about how important each time touching the ball was, passing with a purpose and taking a good look when we get the opportunity,” Guillen said. “They did a lot of those things today.”

While the Chippewas did a good job offensively, it was their defense that kept the game under wraps by keeping the Huskies out of the defensive zone for most of the night.

“Savannah Hiipakka plays sweeper in the back for us and the last two games she’s played, she’s done a really good job. I think having her back there along with Briana (Larsen) in goal really helps us out defensively,” Guillen said.

Manistee freshman Tatum Liston made it a 2-0 Chippewas’ advantage with a blast from the left side at 18:51 and senior Sophie Shriver almost made it 3-0 advantage less than a minute later, but the shot was wide.

“It is stuff we have worked on in practice as far as finishing and attacking. They definitely know where to put the ball, it is just a matter of getting a good shot on goal,” Guillen said.

Vadeboncoeur netted the team’s third goal at 26:49 and freshman Joelle Bartynski made it a 4-0 lead from directly in front of the net at 26:49.

“We took quite a few shots. In all reality, I thought we could have ended it in the first half, but it was nice that we were attacking. It was also nice that we had some high-quality shots on goal,” said Guillen. “Their goalie is a freshman goalie and she did a pretty nice job for them in net.”

The scoring ended almost as it began with Stefanski assisting on Vadeboncoeur’s second goal, and the Chippewas’ fifth.

The Chippewas are back in action on Monday at home to play the third game of a four-game home stand to start the season against Whitehall for a 6 p.m. start.

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