Multiple Teams · Thornapple-Kellogg High School Girls Varsity Soccer beat Plainwell High School 3-1

Thursday, June 1, 2017

5:00 PM

Thornapple-Kellogg High School

Plainwell High School

Game Recap

After a huge win on Tuesday night over Gull Lake the Trojans were hoping to come out playing like they left off but that wasn’t the case. The Trojans came out and not much seemed to go right to start the game. “I feel like we came out really sluggish. We had no energy and we could tell even in our warm up that it wasn’t there.” said coach Strickland.

Plainwell took advantage of that as they made the game 1-0 at the 7:56 mark when they played a free kick into the box, keeper Maddie Hutchins didn’t quite get enough on the ball and it deflected off a TK player into the net to put TK down 1-0.

But the Trojans stayed focused and began to play like they had been all year. Their best chance came off a corner kick when Haley Dehaan headed a ball that went off the cross bar and out. At the end of the half the score remained 1-0.

With the TK student section leading the way TK began to feel the energy pick up as they put more and more pressure on Plainwell in the second half. Finally at the 14:27 mark the trojans got the spark they needed on the field when Freshman Monica Bluhm entered the game. “Mo has been playing some great soccer. She is actually a great keeper but has been playing some field for us as well and she was what we needed tonight to boost our energy. She played great.” said Strickland.

It didn’t take long for the Plainwell defense to feel the pressure from the freshman as she made several good runs and seemed to beat any defender that came her way. At the 17:59 mark she beat a defender to the touch line and played a great ball across the box where Kylie Adams was there to tie the game up 1-0.

Although TK would continue to have great chances the rest of the half they couldn’t find the net so the game would go into double overtime. The first overtime was must like the second half where TK had lots of opportunities but just couldn’t find the net.

The second overtime Plainwell seemed to run out of gas and TK with their deep bench had plenty left in the tank. “What I love about this team is how everybody plays their role. Some roles aren’t as many minutes but this team doesn’t care and they all do their part. That helps us a lot when we can play 18-19 girls every game” said Strickland.

And that was the difference as Plainwell began to wear down. This time at the 4 minute mark Kylie Adams found Ellie Adams who shot the ball to the left of the keeper who got a piece of it but not enough. The ball made it’s way to the left corner of the net to put the trojans up 2-1. This was Ellie’s first varsity goal of her career. “Ellie has stepped up huge for us in districts. We knew she would see time as she is a talented player and has done a great job for us. She has been a lot of fun to watch and seeing her get that goal tonight and the joy on her face was priceless” said Strickland. But the trojans weren’t done. Just 41 seconds later Monica beat anther defender down the left line and played another ball in the box. Kylie Adams took it out of the air to put the game out of reach 3-1.

The trojans will take on Wayland at 6pm on Friday evening for the district title. Come out and support.

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