Chippewas tie Kingsley 0-0 in possible district preview

Manistee’s Tatum Liston (10) pulls away from two Kingsley defenders during the Chippewas’ 0-0 tie with the Stags on Friday. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

Manistee’s Tatum Liston (10) pulls away from two Kingsley defenders during the Chippewas’ 0-0 tie with the Stags on Friday. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Manistee girls soccer emerged from a very busy stretch unbeaten, and gained a measure of confidence with districts looming, with a 0-0 tie at home with Kingsley on Friday.

The tie was the team’s third contest in the span of four days, in which Manistee won two and tied one.

It was also a possible district final preview, with the Stags and the Chippewas on opposite sides of the 8-team bracket.

Manistee head coach Jaclyn Trahan said that she was happy with the result.

“They (Kingsley) are a good team,” Trahan said. “We learned a lot and the girls played well. We’re proud of how we played.”

The Chippewas were able to control possession for large stretches of the contest, but found quality scoring chances hard to come by against the stout Kingsley defense.

One of the things that Trahan said that her team learned in the game was to play faster and more aggressively in the attacking third.

“We had our looks up top,” Trahan said. “I think we can be a little more selfish, but the passing looked good and that’s what we’ve been really working on in practice. It will come.”

One of those looks came less than five minutes in, when Olivia Smith sent Makayla Alcayde in behind the defense over the top. Alcayde’s right-footed effort beat Kingsley keeper Nicole Wierman but rolled just wide of the far post.

Tatum Liston nearly scored from the near the right-wing corner flag when her long, looping cross slipped through the hands of Wierman, but the Stags keeper was able to recover and keep the ball out.

Kingsley’s best chance came with 27:30 left in the second half, when a cross from the right wing caught Manistee keeper Lauren Guenthardt off of her line, but defender Nevaeh Mannon was able to clear the danger.

The Stags nearly stole one with 12:50 left in the game when a long, looping shot from Maddie Bies went over Guenthardt’s head and grazed the outside of the post, but that would be as close as they would get, and Kingsley ended with their second consecutive tie game.

“We knew we were evenly matched with them when we came into it,” Kingsley head coach Amanda Field said. “We have a lot of injured players so we knew that we weren’t putting our best foot forward, which is fine. We don’t want them to expect that this is our best, because it’s not.”

The Chippewas (7-3-1) have now played five of the other seven teams in their Division 3 district tournament without a loss, going 4-0-1 against them after the tie with Kingsley (2-6-2), and having outscored their district foes by a combined score of 20-1.

Thanks in part to all the cancelled games earlier in the season, Manistee will play another stretch of three games in four days next week, all at home, starting with a key Lakes-8 contest at home against Muskegon Catholic Central on Monday, May 21.

The Chippewas will then conclude its 2018 regular season with the conference finale against arch-rival Ludington on Tuesday, May 22 and a non-league contest against Shelby, who knocked the Chippewas out of last year’s district tournament, on Thursday, May 24.

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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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