Bobcats rout Mason County Eastern, set their sights on Gladwin

Brethren’s Megan Cordes (10) takes one of her team’s 11 corner kicks during the Bobcats’ 5-0 win over Mason County Eastern on Thursday. Cordes scored three of Brethren’s five goals, all in the first half. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

Brethren’s Megan Cordes (10) takes one of her team’s 11 corner kicks during the Bobcats’ 5-0 win over Mason County Eastern on Thursday. Cordes scored three of Brethren’s five goals, all in the first half. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

BRETHREN — Brethren girls soccer bounced back from its worst loss of the year with one of its best win, a dominating 5-0 victory over Mason County Eastern on Thursday.

After a very disappointing 8-0 mercy-rule loss at Gladwin Tuesday, the Bobcats seized the game by the throat and simply overwhelmed the shorthanded Cardinals, despite the sporting gesture of playing 10-a-side due to MCE bringing just 11 players.

Brethren head coach Krystal Magee said that she was much happier after this game than the last one.

“Communication was better this evening than it was in the previous game,” Magee said. “They definitely did a better job of looking downfield and making passes to a player, rather than just kicking at it.”

The Bobcats had the Cardinal goal under siege for the entire game, finding space behind the MCE defense for clean breakaways in the first half, and then holding possession in the Cardinal half when they pulled their defense back.

If anything, Brethren should have scored more in a game that saw them take no fewer than 48 shots at the MCE goal, many of them wide open.

Magee said that finishing has been an ongoing issue this year.

“It’s been the same old song for us all season,” she said. “There’s an invisible force around that net that, for some reason, we can’t get it in.

“This should have ended a lot sooner than it did.”

Megan Cordes scored three of Brethren’s five goals in the game, all in the first half, starting less than 10 minutes in, when she walked in on a helpless MCE keeper and slotted home from a clean breakaway with 30:14 on the clock.

Cordes scored again less than five minutes later, stealing the ball about 35 yards out and again going in clean on goal and making a calm finish.

Hannah Fairbanks started the play that resulted in Brethren’s third goal less than a minute later, sending Cordes in clean over the top to complete her natural hat trick and make the score 3-0 with 24:50 left in the half.

Taylor Cordes stretched the lead to 4-0 when she made a nice run into the box from the right wing and scored from about 15 yards out with 20:12 left in the half, and the score stayed that way at the break.

Solveig Saeternes looked to get things going early in the second half, finding the range from about 20 yards out wth 35:24 on the clock to make it 5-0.

Brethren kept the ball in the MCE half for virtually the entire second half, and created chance after chance after chance after that, but could not convert any of them.

Despite the lopsided contest, Magee thought that maybe her team was looking ahead to their next game, and the redemption that they hope they will derive from it, when Gladwin comes to town for their rematch on Tuesday, May 22.

“It’s really important that the girls bounce back from what we had last Tuesday,” Magee said. “It’s important for them to see their potential, and to see that they are better than the last game.

“The know they can do better, and the want to do better.”

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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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