Manistee soccer falls one day after an emotional win

 

Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate Manistee defender Erin Coe (14) makes a play on the ball during the Chippewas’ 4-3 win over Reed City on Tuesday. Coe scored in penalties to help en route to a win.

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Manistee defender Erin Coe (14) makes a play on the ball during the Chippewas’ 4-3 win over Reed City on Tuesday. Coe scored in penalties to help en route to a win.

SHELBY — Manistee girls soccer couldn’t duplicate the dramatic result from one day earlier on Wednesday in a district semifinal game against Shelby.

The Chippewas, who were coming off of a wild 4-3 win in penalties on Tuesday against Reed City, saw their season come to end last night in a 4-1 loss to the Tigers.

Shelby scored 3 goals in the first half to pull out to a commanding lead, and Manistee didn’t have the firepower to pull back into the match.

“We tried to get the energy back up, but after you play a game like yesterday it’s a trick to turn around,” Manistee coach Rudy Guillen said. “They played well. We just had some trouble defending one of their key players and we knew that coming in, so we tried a couple of things defensively in the first half. We just didn’t have enough answers to get the score in our favor.”

The Chippewas did finally get into the stat book after a Tatum Liston goal with about 10 minutes left in the game to pull back within 2 goals, but another comeback wouldn’t be in the books on this night, as the Tigers knocked home an insurance goal in the closing minutes to move on to the district finals.

Briana Larsen had another big game for Manistee with 15 saves. The Chippewas offense was active despite with only 1 goal after having 10 shots on goal.

Despite the up-and-down season (3-14-1), Guillen is proud of the way his team rallied towards the end of the season and finished the year playing their best soccer.

“I think that without a doubt we worked hard all season to get to this point and perform well in districts,” he said. “I thought they were very successful yesterday and actually answered a lot of questions about the way the season was going. They showed me a lot of yesterday. They showed me a lot of the things we worked on all season long come together.”

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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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