Brethren soccer falls to 2-4 with 4-1 loss to Class B Cheboygan

 

Brethren’s Chiara Pattaro (18) shields the ball from a Cheboygan defender during the Bobcats’ 4-1 loss in their first home game of the season on Friday. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

Brethren’s Chiara Pattaro (18) shields the ball from a Cheboygan defender during the Bobcats’ 4-1 loss in their first home game of the season on Friday. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

BRETHREN — Brethren opened up the home portion of its girls soccer season with one of the most difficult opponents on the schedule, 4-time defending league champion Cheboygan, and came away with a creditable 4-1 loss on Friday.

Chiara Pattaro scored the only goal for the Bobcats (2-4 overall, 2-3 Northern Michigan Soccer League), who spent the bulk of the game defending.

Despite the loss, Brethren head coach Krystal Magee said that it was not due to a lack of trying.

“They played wonderfully,” Magee said. “I couldn’t have asked for more hustle. There wasn’t a girl I put in tonight that didn’t give me 110 percent.”

Cheboygan (5-1, 3-0) opened the scoring just under 14 minutes into the contest, on a fortunate rebound, but Pattaro tied the game back up less than a minute later, off of a Keisha Picklesimer corner kick. He kick found Pattaro in the box, and her shot banked in off the goal post to make the score 1-1.

After that, it was all Cheboygan, who scored twice more in the first half and again early in the second, all of the goals coming on preventable defensive miscues by the Bobcats.

Brethren keeper Heidi Lewis had a busy game, keeping her team in it with 12 saves, several from point-blank range.

Magee said that the errors in the back are correctable.

“We’ll go back and look at the film, and I’ll show the girls,” she said. “They’re getting in front of Heidi and making it hard for her to communicate. That’s something that we can definitely work ones a team.”

Cheboygan scored its final goal 3:20 after the halftime break, but were unable to penetrate the Bobcats defense after that.

“They were really fast, and our girls were just as fast,” Magee said. “In the first half, I have to give it to Cheboygan, they beat us to the ball even on our own goal kicks. In the second half, our girls did a lot better.”

Magee said that the result showed the progress her team has made. Cheboygan had previously defeated McBain Northern Michigan Christian, who beat Brethren 10-3, by a score of 4-0.

“The girls were going in a little nervous knowing that,” she said. “So this is a really big boost to our confidence. Every game it gets better.”

After starting the season with five straight road games, the Bobcats will play their second straight at home on Tuesday, April 25 when they host NMSL foe Big Rapids Crossroads.

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Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or syoshonis@pioneergroup.com.

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