The Holly varsity boys soccer team had to wait a long time to get its season started, but when the Bronchos did so, they had two thrilling games to start the season at the Carman-Ainsworth quad.
The Bronchos opened with a 0-0 (4-3) loss due to a shootout in the opening game against Carman-Ainsworth. The Bronchos won the second contest, beating the Clio Mustangs 2-1.
Holly jumped to a 2-0 lead against Clio. About halfway through the first half, senior midfielder Jan Holleman dribbled through the middle and fired of a shot from about 22 yards out that hit the upper corner of the goal. About three minutes later, the Bronchos scored their second goal.
Sophomore midfielder Kyle Sherrow took a shot from about 20 yards out, arching it up and over the Clio keeper for the second goal.
Clio cut the gap to 2-1 but were unable to tie the game.
A second goal may have gone in, but senior defender Collin Wilczak saved a ball on the goal line.
In the opener both teams held the other scoreless forcing a shootout. The Bronchos converted penalty kick shots by Sherrow, Adam Booher and Doug Lutz, but the Cavaliers scored on four of their attempts, earning the shootout win in the opening contest.
“Our formation kept numbers strong in the middle, while utilizing our wingbacks effectively on the outside,” Holly varsity soccer coach Matthew Sherrow said about the defensive performance against the Cavaliers. “Sophomore wingbacks Adam Booher and Austin Jacopec did a great job covering the length of the field on the outside to provide defensive support while also adding to the attack. Central midfielders, and captains, Kyle Sherrow and Ian Loeffler did well distributing the ball around to try and create chances for our strikers. Our defense, led by Doug Lutz in the center, did well to hold back the C-A attack and minimize shots on goal.”