By David Troppens
It was going to be a tough challenge for the Lake Fenton varsity girls soccer team when the Blue Devils faced Williamston in a Division 3 regional semifinal contest on Tuesday in normal circumstances.
The Blue Devils already knew they were going to have to travel to Wiliamston’s field and find a way to defeat a perennial strong soccer squad on its own home field, but the challenge was made tougher when Morgan Reitano was unable to play in the contest due to a red card issued to her during the district championship game against Ovid-Elsie.
Without their best player, the Blue Devils fell behind during the first two minutes of the game, and eventually lost a 5-0 verdict against the Hornets.
“They were a tough game,” Lake Fenton varsity girls soccer coach Spencer Quick said. “They have a lot of talent and a lot of depth. They go deep into the bench and they didn’t drop off.
“To a certain extent they out-possessed us. We had a hard time getting it going. Not having Morgan in the game hurt us.”
Williamston scored the game’s first goal during the second minute when Masie Fenech scored off a Brianna Powell assist. The score remained at 1-0 until Williamston scored two goals within about a minute of each other. Fenech scored her second goal during the 33rd minute. Allie Alford followed with a goal in the 34th minute. Lake Fenton trailed 3-0 at the half.
Brynna Gorsline scored in the 49th minute and Liz Bellinger scored during the 65th minute to cap the game’s scoring for Williamston.
Lake Fenton (13-6-2) was unable to get any shots on target.
“We had a few shots but I don’t think we registered any on goal,” Quick said. “We had a few go wide and had some opportunities in the middle but the shots were blocked or they made a strong defensive play to prevent (the shot).”
The Blue Devils concluded their final season in the Genesee Athletic Conference during the 2019 season, and prepared for their first season in the Flint Metro League with contests against Flushing, Linden, Kearsley, Clio, Brandon, Swartz Creek and Holly. Of course, the Blue Devils also played games against Goodrich and Corunna, who will be entering the Metro along with Lake Fenton. The Blue Devils went 3-2-2 against the Metro teams this spring.
“We had another really good year,” Quick said. “We learned quite a bit. We are looking forward to moving into the Metro and getting back to some of the rivalries we used to have when I played. Even though we weren’t in the league, we played the area teams more then. And now the games will have more meaning behind them which will make them a lot of fun.
“We are going to have to be a lot tougher physically every single game next year. We will have to bring it in every game.”