Bobcats battle Comets to 0-0 stalemate

Brethren’s Federica Pedrotti pushes the ball upfield in the Bobcats’ 0-0 tie against McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Wednesday. (Kyle Kotecki/News Advocate)

BRETHREN — Brethren soccer hosted McBain Northern Michigan Christian Wednesday. The contest was a defensive battle and the game ended in a 0-0 draw — the Bobcats’ second tie in as many days.

“With McBain Northern Michigan Christian, we have our on moments and we have our off moments,” said Brethren head coach Krystal Magee. “This was definitely an on moment. In previous seasons, McBain has tended to beat us, so the fact that we came out of (Wednesday) with a 0-0 draw, I’m not disappointed. They played hard.”

Both teams had scoring opportunities in the first half, but some nice saves on both ends of the field kept the game scoreless at half.

The Bobcats entered the contest fresh off a 0-0 tie at Gladwin Tuesday.

Megan Cordes played in between the pipes in the first half, but Magee made a change at halftime in an attempt to give Brethren some more firepower.

“Summer (Young) went into goal in the second half,” Magee said. “She’s never played in goal a day in her life. It was really nice to be able to take Cordes out of goal and put her on my front line, because she’s my power forward. Her home is my front line, so it was nice to have Megan on that front line in that second half. 

“And Summer did a great job stepping in,” Magee continued. “We haven’t even practiced dropkicks with her, so she is fresh, fresh, fresh in that goal. She did magnificent. I can’t complain there.”

The second half mirrored the first, with decent scoring opportunities for both teams being thwarted by excellent defensive plays and goalkeeping. Young was able to stop every ball sent her way and neither team was able to find the back of the net by the time the final horn sounded.

“The defense did a great job communicating,” Magee said. “Literally every girl on that field (Wednesday), every person I put in, gave me 110% and played their positions well. I couldn’t have asked for better out of them. Unfortunately, the scoring opportunities that we did have, just didn’t go in our favor and we weren’t successful with that.”

The Bobcats and Comets are going to be quite familiar with each other before the season’s end, as the two teams square off again Monday in McBain and then once more May 23 for a Division 4 pre-district contest. Magee hopes to be able to put some new wrinkles in the Bobcats’ offense to put up some points in the upcoming games against the Comets.

“We were taking film (Wednesday), so I will be taking the film home and my next four days will be studying that and seeing where we can make some improvements to get some more scoring opportunities,” she said.

The Bobcats have little time to rest as they have a game at Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian today.

“Busy week,” Magee said. “And these girls also are in track and softball. I have several players who are playing three sports right now, so they’re tired and this has been a busy week. But they have all been committed and they’ve all shown up and given me 110%. A coach can’t ask for more than that.”

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