Monday, October 17, 2016
Fremont High School
Muskegon High School
The Muskegon Big Reds Boys Soccer Team advanced to the district semi-finals with at 2-1 shootout victory over the visiting Fremont Packers. Muskegon held a 1-0 halftime lead, thanks to a goal from Henry Torres, assisted by Marco Cuevas.
“Henry was huge for our offense tonight” said Muskegon Coach Jeff Holmes. “He was able to get in behind the defense and cause them a lot of issues, he was ready to shoot when the opportunities came.”
Muskegon held most of the possession in the first half, and a 4-1 shot advantage. Fremont came out determined in the 2nd half and put the Big Reds on their heels a bit. GK Micah Crocker was up to the challenge, and made a couple of huge saves with 1V1 opportunities against Fremont strkers.
“Micah really did a great job keeping us ahead, he came up huge on some great goal scoring chances” commented Coach Holmes.
Fremont was able to break thru with 8 minutes remaining in the 2nd half, when a foul occurred in the penalty box, allowing a penalty shot. Fremont was able to convert.
Muskegon managed a couple of chances late, including a shot off the crossbar, but found themselves even at the end of regulation.
Both overtime periods were played fairly even, with both teams getting shot opportunities, but nether team was able to tally a goal.
Both teams went to the shootout, where the first 3 shooters were perfect for each team. With Muskegon shooting first, the fourth shot fell to Henry Torres, who made his shot. Muskegon made a GK change prior to the shootout, and placed Demetrio Lopez between the pipes. Demetrio was able to make a save on the fourth Fremont shot, and Bryan Mendoza was able to convert on the fifth and final Muskegon penalty kick.
“Micah played a fantastic game for us, and I’m proud of the way he got us to the O.T. period”, commented Coach Holmes in regards to the sudden GK change. “I have seen Demetrio save some PK’s during practices, and just felt he might be better suited for the shootout. The full team put in a great effort tonight, start to finish.”
Penalty shot scorers for Muskegon were Jaylon McClanahan, Beksultan Kalbekov, Demetrio Lopez, Henry Torres, and Bryan Mendoza.
Muskegon will play Ludington at 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday at Coopersville.