Chips clobber Cardinals, 7-1

Brian Fogg/News Advocate Shyann Ronning passes to a teammate in Manistee's 7-1 victory against MCE. Ronning had one goal and two assists.

Brian Fogg/News Advocate
Shyann Ronning passes to a teammate in Manistee’s 7-1 victory against MCE. Ronning had one goal and two assists.

 

MANISTEE — Tatum Liston helped pull Manistee soccer to .500 with a hat trick on Tuesday in a big win over Mason County Eastern.

The Chippewas won 7-1, but the victory wasn’t quite as easy as the score would suggest.

Manistee took control early in the game with Liston having a decent chance 15 seconds in. The Chippewas would keep up the offensive pressure in the early minutes with two goals in the first 7 minutes.

First, a pass from Shyann Ronning to Georgia Hiipakka that found the back of the net and only two minutes later Ronning put herself into the score book by knocking in a rebound.

After the fast-paced start Manistee took its foot off of the pedal and the Cardinals began working back into the game. MCE exploited Manistee’s inexperience on the back line several times with a series of breakaways that they could not convert on.

“It wasn’t that we didn’t have opportunities,” MCE coach Dee McCumber said. “We just need to find the back of the net.”

“We have some girls on the team with some speed, but we told them that we don’t need to be playing catch up all the time,” Manistee coach Rudy Guillen said. “Having them have to turn that way and make that sprint is going to wear you down eventually. We’re trying some new things defensively, so we are working on that.”

The Cardinals took the momentum into the second half and senior Lauren McCumber scored just 26 seconds after intermission to cut the deficit to 2-1.

“We talked about that at half time with the amount of shots we had on goal in the first 10 minutes I was shaking my head thinking why are we still here?” Guillen said. “We talked about making better decisions with the ball in the second half.”

The goal was a bit of a wake up call for the Chippewas, who were able to regain their momentum from the opening minutes.

Within the first five minutes of the half they were able to score two goals to put the scare to rest.

Ronning had another assist on a through ball from about 35 yards out to Liston for the first goal and forward Mallory Stefanski scored one minute later after a scramble in front of the net.

“We came out much better in the second half. As you can see we got on board real quick and I was pretty pleased with that effort,” Guillen said.

Liston would score two more goals, including one as time expired, to complete her hat trick and the move Manistee’s record to 5-5.

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Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or bfogg@pioneergroup.com.

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