Soccer: Harbor, NMCA 1-2 in season-opening tournament
Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian Academy sophomore Ben Vinz (10) clears the ball away from Harbor Springs' Casey Cousins (middle) and Geraldo Silva during Friday's NMCA Soccer Invitational at the Click Road Soccer Complex. (Steve Foley/News-Review / August 20, 2012)
Christian opened with a 4-0 win over Cheboygan, then topped Bellaire, 2-1, in a shootout.
Both Harbor Springs and the host Eagles finished 1-2 on the day.
Harbor opened with a 2-1 loss to NMCA; beat Cheboygan, 2-1; and lost to Saginaw Nouvel, 3-1.
NMCA followed its victory over Harbor with a 4-2 loss to Sault Ste. Marie and a 5-2 loss to Bellaire.
Senior Aaron Chatfield had a big day for the Eagles, scoring all six of their goals, while Jake Lovitt, Ben Vinz and Robert Taylor finished with one assist apiece.
"We saw some positives and some negatives," NMCA coach Lee Chatfield said. "I think this opened our eyes to some things we need to work on.
"Playing three games is tough, but a lot of young guys got some time in and some exposure to the varsity level. We can build on what we did today."
Chatfield lauded the efforts of William Spears, Parker Spears, Andrew Vandeyacht and Vinz, along with that of junior Michael Malton, who was making his varsity debut in goal for the Eagles.
"He showed a lot of potential and we know he's going to continue to improve throughout the year," he said.
Forrest Lundgren scored Harbor's goal in its loss to NMCA, while Andy Morse made nine saves in goal for the Rams.
Lundgren and John Bailey scored Harbor's goals in its 2-1 victory over Cheboygan. Casey Cousins and Bailey each had an assists. Morse picked up the win in goal.
Bailey scored the Rams' goal in their 3-1 loss to Nouvel. James Cleary drew the assist.
Morse made seven saves in goal.
"I thought the team played well considering the circumstances," Harbor Springs coach Ed Fantozzi said. "The games we played were a solid building block to a successful season.
"John Bailey and Forrest Lundgren both started where they left off last season in regard to goals and assists.
"Andy Morse, Mitch Wallin, Mitch Corey, Mark Leonard, Max Madigan and James Cleary had solid performances in the back and Tristan Kenwabikise, Gerardo Silva, Casey Cousins and Riley Hill all shared the work load in the midfield and up top to help the team stay in all the games."