The soccer season came to an end for the Gladwin girls last Tuesday when they lost to Clare in the first round of the District Tournament. The Flying G’s controlled the action early spending much of the first 20 minutes on the Clare end of the field. The pressure paid off when Trinity Siegert beat the Clare goaltender with a long high shot at the 18-minute mark.
Momentum shifted later in the half as Clare moved the ball well and trapped Gladwin in the defensive zone. This finally led to a goal with 31 seconds left in the half to tie the score 1-1 heading into the halftime break.
The Flying G’s broke the tie six minutes into the second half on a pretty goal by Chloe Bruner. The game went back and forth from there with both Gladwin goaltender Lena Leddy and her counterpart from Clare making big saves. Clare tied the score midway through the half and the game remained tied until the Pioneers scored with two minutes left in the game to take a 3-2 lead.
Gladwin was able to get the ball deep into the Clare zone and had several decent opportunities, but they couldn’t put the ball in the Clare net before time expired. The loss drops the Flying G’s to 7-12 for the season.
Seven seniors played their last game for Gladwin on Tuesday. Coach Smalley shared some thoughts about each. “Sara Sparkman is a real hard worker who was always about the teams success,” said Smalley. “Eva Heath improved a lot over her time on the team. She has a good understanding of the game and could play many positions. Victoria Doan was a duel sport athlete in soccer and track. She was good at both helping both teams find success.”
“Olivia Klein was poised to have a great senior year, but injuries in the off season really hindered her play. She was never one hundred percent but we saw glimpses of her skill late in the season,” continued Smalley. “Chloe Bruner improved throughout her time in our program. She saved her best game for our district game with Clare where she was outstanding. Taylor Vasher was a team captain who has been a part of the team for four years. She is a good athlete and second on our team in scoring. Lena Leddy was a two-year starter in goal. It would have been three years if not for the pandemic. She is a vocal leader who took charge on the field in games and practice.”