WEST BRANCH — Make it seven.
The Petoskey High School boys’ soccer team ran its unbeaten streak to seven games with a 5-1 win over West Branch Ogemaw Heights Thursday in a Big North Conference match.
Sophomore Ben Godfrey had a pair of goals and AJ Hoffman had two goals as the Northmen improve to 10-7-2 overall, 8-2 league. In their last seven starts, Petoskey is 6-0-1.
The Northmen will play host to Traverse City West in a key Big North Conference match at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Click Road Soccer Complex. The Titans are in first place in the Big North at 13-3-3, 9-0-2, and tied rival TC Central, 1-1, on Thursday.
TC Central is in second place in the Big North at 10-5-5, 7-1-3. TC West had 20 points in the league standings (two points for a win, one for a tie), followed by TC Central, 17; and Petoskey, 16.
“We have an opportunity to claim at least a share of the Big North championship,” Petoskey coach Zach Jonker said. “You want to be playing meaningful games at this point of the season and next week will be a lot of fun. We have been on a nice roll of late and all the credit goes to this group of seniors for maintaining a long-term perspective early on when we suffered some tough losses.
“They (seniors) have led by example,” Jonker added. “They have kept their heads down all year and the guys can’t wait for Tuesday.”
The Northmen broke away from a 1-1 halftime tie Thursday by scoring four second half goals.
“We didn’t have the right mind-set to open the game and Ogemaw made us pay with an early goal,” Jonker said.
“It is the first time all year we haven’t been ready to play. I think the past three games have really taken an emotional toll on us and we also got caught looking ahead a bit.
“We got progressively better as the night went on and was nice to get out of there with a solid win.”
Godfrey opened the scoring for the Northmen as he scored off a header from an Evan Altman corner kick.
Hoffman then scored in the second half off a penalty kick before Godfrey added his second goal from a Connor Ingleson cross. Louis Lamberti then put the Northmen in front 4-1 as he scored with help from Altman before Hoffman closed the scoring with a header off a Lamberti cross.
Drew Smith and Eric Hosler shared the goalkeeping duties.
Harbor Springs 5, Charlevoix 2
HARBOR SPRINGS — Forrest Lundgren finished with four goals to lead Harbor Springs over Charlevoix Thursday in a Lake Michigan Conference match at Ottawa Stadium.
With the win, the Rams improve to 8-8-1 overall, while Charlevoix falls to 6-10-1.
“Offensively, we couldn’t miss,” Harbor Springs coach Ed Fantozzi said. “Defensively though we were making some mistakes in the first half and we tightened up in the second half.”