TRAVERSE CITY — Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian Academy outscored its opponents, 16-0, Saturday to finish 3-0 and win the Traverse City Soccer Christian Invitational.
The Eagles improved to 12-0 and extended their consecutive shutout streak to 10 games. The 12-0 start is the best in school history, surpassing the 11-0 start amassed by the 2004 team, which finished as the Division IV state runner-up.
The Eagles opened the tournament with an 8-0 victory over Buckley, then downed Leland and Traverse City Christian, both 4-0.
Aaron Chatfield led the Eagles with four goals and five assists in the tournament, while Stephen Thompson scored four goals. Matheus Guimaraes, Paul Chatfield and Marco Patz scored two goals apiece, while Robert Taylor, Polyos Kulvichien and Wil Lovitt had one goal each.
Paul Chatfield and Aaron Chatfield each had five assists, while Patz added three, and Taylor had one.
Paul Chatfield scored 28 seconds into the championship game against T.C. Christian, when the Eagles played without injured sweeper Jonny Brownfield.
“Getting off to that fast start was crucial for our guys,” NMCA coach Lee Chatfield said. “Many of our guys were called upon to step it up in different positions, and the guys showed great resilience and composure.
“When you lose a leader like Jonny out of the back, it requires a lot of shuffling of players and positions to recover. I couldn’t be more proud of our guys in the way they responded.”
Lovitt moved over to sweeper, and Stephen Thompson played at wing defender, coach Chatfield said, “and the two played like they’ve been there all year.
“We will definitely be missing Jonny in the next couple weeks, but we hope to have him out on the field again soon. I am hoping the guys can stay focused right now, and we will continue to taking the season one game at a time. That’s our only goal at this point, win the next game.”
David Thompson was in goal for all three matches for NMCA.
“We knew of the records that were on the line coming into the tournament,” coach Chatfield said, “but winning was our main goal. We hope to keep riding the momentum we are on. David Thompson has not seen much action this season, but he’s come up big for us every time we’ve needed him.
“The guys are playing extremely well as a unit. That’s essential to an organized, structured team.”
Harbor Light finished 1-2 in the tournament.
The Swordsmen defeated Buckley, 5-0; and lost to Hillsdale Academy, 8-0; and to Benzie Central, 4-0.
Cal Ortlieb, Skyler Morgan, Zach Grosskopf, Mike Muller and Caleb Wendt scored for Harbor Light in its win over Buckley.
Lucas Mathews, Muller and Wendt each had an assist. Kirk Muller posted the shutout in goal.
Suttons Bay 5, Harbor Springs 0
HARBOR SPRINGS — Harbor slipped to 4-6 on the season after dropping a non-league match to the Norse on Saturday.
Forrest Lundgren, John Bailey, Andrew Taylor and Greg Gallagher were Harbor Springs’ standouts, coach Ed Fantozzi said.
The Rams defeated Kalkaska, 5-0, Thursday in a Lake Michigan Conference match. Bailey and Lundgren scored two goals apiece, and Mitch Wallin also scored. Andy Morse posted the shutout in goal.
Boyne City 4, Cheboygan 3
BOYNE CITY — Boyne City overcame a 3-0 halftime deficit to win a non-league match.
The Ramblers’ first goal came a minute into the second half as Austin Gardner scored on a cross from Dean Hague. Hague drew the Ramblers within a goal when he found the back of the net with 23 minutes remaining.
Garrett Moeke then tied it with a goal with 13 minutes left, then notched the game-winner five minutes later.
Hague assisted on Moeke’s first goal, while Nigel Bell assisted on the second.
Corey Bohnet finished with 10 saves in goal for the Ramblers, who also received strong defensive play in the second half from Colton Moody, Zeek Beek, Tevin Larmond and Collin Kruzel, coach Nick Baic said.