BY MAX MCDONALD
GLADWIN – After being forced to travel to Northern Michigan for several weeks, the Flying G’s were finally able to play at home Monday when they played host to the Crossroads Charter Academy. The Flying G’s jumped all over the Cougars early scoring five goals in the first ten minutes of the game. With Gladwin holding an 8-0 lead the game was stopped at halftime.
Gladwin clearly outmanned Crossroads so they used the game as a learning opportunity. The Flying G’s worked on their passing throughout with many of their goals coming off of nice assists. They also did a nice job of dropping the ball back and regrouping when the initial attack didn’t work. Coach Dominic Lake was also able to get playing time for most of the team.
Treyton Siegert scored first off of a nice pass from Jackson Raymond. Raymond scored himself less than a minute later when he intercepted a pass and deked a defender for a point blank shot on goal. The fifth goal came off of several nice passes from Jackson to Liam Graveline to Siegert for the goal.
Gladwin peppered the crossroads goal tender with shots throughout the half. He made several nice saves or the score would have been much bigger. In the end Raymond and Siegert had four goals each most of which were set up good passes from teammates. This was probably Gladwin’s most complete performance to date.
“This game was very pleasing,” said Lake. We watched film on Friday and looked at our mistakes against Roscommon. We didn’t make those mistakes again.” He was very excited about the performance. “We moved the ball, had spacing, led each other with our passes, that’s the stuff we wanted to work on after watching the film of the Roscommon game last Friday at practice.”
Gladwin lost to Roscommon 7-1 on Thursday. The Bucks are a veteran team and took advantage of the Flying G’s inexperience. “It was frustrating because we controlled the first five minutes of the game,” continued Lake. “Then we started making some simple errors on defense and weren’t always aware of the situation. We let them run back door on us the whole game. After watching the video we know what to do.”
Most of the Flying G’s are first time starters and relatively inexperienced. Last years team was senior laden and very good so it was hard for the younger guys to earn playing time. Their most experienced player is Jackson Raymond who also scored the only goal against Roscommon when he scored on a penalty kick late in the first half.
The Flying G’s play Clare under the lights tonight in Clare at 7 p.m. They travel to Alma on Thursday and Pine River next Monday.