A year ago, the Lake Fenton varsity boys soccer team only had 15 players and lacked serious depth.
Consequently, the Blue Devils were able to only win two games and record two draws in 17 contests.
Just two games into this season, things have changed. The Blue Devils not only have more players (22 on the roster) but they also have more talented players within that depth. Many of those players that were on last year’s team also have more experience as well. The results? The Blue Devils have a win and a tie in their first two games of the 2020 fall season.
Lake Fenton drew Genesee Christian 1-1 in its first game and then beat Flushing in a Flint Metro League contest 2-0 on Wednesday.
“Both of those teams beat us 3-0 last year,” Lake Fenton varsity boys soccer coach Sam Jawhari said. “But I have some really good ninth-graders that came up this year and three are getting a lot of playing time. ... Last year we had 15 players and there weren’t 11 key players out there. I hardly knew who to bring in when people got tired. Now we have people coming off the bench and we aren’t missing anything.”
The Blue Devils looked on the verge of losing its first game of the season against Genesee Christian but showed some mental fortitude, earning the draw. With 57 seconds left, captain Johnny Rubey scored off a free kick, tying the game.
“It was a beautiful kick from about 30 yards out,” Jawhari said.
Against Flushing, there were two stars. Offensively, senior Cameron Suthard scored both Lake Fenton goals. Defensively, sophomore Jacob Haugh had a strong showing in net, earning the shutout.
“Our goalie came up huge. He had some great stops,” Jawhari said. “The kids are gelling. They are coming together. We started conditioning back in June and started practicing in August and they are really starting to come together.”
Lake Fenton travelled to the Carman-Ainsworth Tournament on Saturday. The Blue Devils travel to Brandon for a Flint Metro League game on Monday.