Chippewas battle through physical OV, win 2-0

Manistee forward Makayla Alcayde (2) battles Muskegon Orchard View goalkeeper Sydney Slater (1) for the ball during the Chippewas’ 2-0 win on Monday. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

Manistee forward Makayla Alcayde (2) battles Muskegon Orchard View goalkeeper Sydney Slater (1) for the ball during the Chippewas’ 2-0 win on Monday. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Manistee girls soccer faced the challenge of a very physical Muskegon Orchard View team, and fought — almost literally — to a 2-0 win on Monday.

Tatum Liston scored both goals for the Chippewas, both in the second half, to help the team improve to 6-3 overall and 3-3 in Lakes-8 play.

Manistee head coach Jaclyn Trahan said that she liked the discipline that she saw from her team in the sometimes chippy game.

“They (Orchard View) are an aggressive team,” Trahan said, “We told the girls that you have to be aggressive, but you also need to be smart about how you’re playing as well. Our biggest thing was trying to keep possession and hold possession and look for the chances up top, and they did.”

Indeed, the Chippewas dominated possession for the entire contest, but had a hard time cracking the OV defense and creating many quality scoring chances.

The Cardinals (2-8-2 overall, 0-4-1 Lakes-8) did not have anything close to a legitimate attack until about 17 minutes were left in the first half, but could not get a shot away.

“Obviously we need to work on the attacking third,” Orchard View head coach Burt Wachter said. “We need to apply more pressure there and get some looks.”

Manistee’s best chance from the run of play in the first half came with about 5:30 left, when Nicole Weaver found some space on the left wing. Her cross was dangerous, but was cut out well by OV keeper Sydney Slater, and the half ended scoreless.

Despite having nothing to show for a first half which Manistee dominated, Trahan said that she was not discouraged.

“I was confident in them,” she said. “We had to work on cleaning up a few things and figuring out where to send our forwards, but as long as we continued to hold that possession, I knew it would come.”

The Chippewas continued to pour it on after the break, and very nearly took the lead less than two minutes into the second half, when Heather Antal’s high shot from 25 yards out beat Slater but just missed the upper corner.

Manistee finally broke through with 29:44 left in the contest, when OV failed to properly clear a Weaver corner kick. Makayla Alcayde found the loose ball and laid it off to Liston who poked it home from about six yards out to make the score 1-0.

Weaver almost doubled the lead about halfway through the second half, when her free kick from the right wing curled toward the far post but just went over the crossbar.

Liston’s second goal came on a penalty kick awarded on a rare but obvious foul on the goalkeeper Slater in front of the goal. Slater was booked for the foul, and so had to go out of the game, and Liston stepped up and calmly slotted the ball past her temporary backup with 8:57 left in the game to make the final score 2-0.

“It was physical,” Trahan said. “The biggest thing was not to get frustrated in this game and maintain your cool and they did that.”

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Posted by Scott Yoshonis

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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