Monday's roundup: Balanced attack lifts Novi soccer

James Hawkins
Special to The Detroit News

The Novi boys soccer team used goals from four players to knock off visiting Livonia Churchill, 4-1, Monday in a Kensington Lakes Activities Association crossover game.

After taking a 1-0 lead into halftime, Novi (11-3-3) doubled up Churchill nine minutes into the second half as Nick Harder scored on the doorstep off Ryan Kobakof's corner kick.

Three minutes later, a through ball by Kobakof led to an Amissi Kajinake breakaway and a 3-0 cushion for Novi.

Novi added an insurance goal with nine minutes remaining on a penalty kick by Eduardo DeOliveira. Tony Asimadu drew the penalty after he was dragged down in the box.

"I thought in the first half we were a little bit disorganized and didn't defend well," Novi coach Brian O'Leary said. "I thought we played well in the second half. We switched more to a man-marking defense and switched our midfield from a triangle (formation) to a flat."

Novi opened the scoring 10 minutes into the game on a cross through the box by DeOliveira that Kobakof buried from point-blank range.

Dan Bessesen scored Churchill's goal on a header midway through the second half.

Tommy McMaster recorded six saves for Novi and Brandon Dix made five for Churchill (8-7-1).

More soccer

U-D Jesuit 1, Grosse Pointe South 0: Greg Eboigbodin scored and Nathan Sier made six saves for his seventh shutout for Jesuit (12-5-3).

Warren Woods-Tower 4, Port Huron 3: Semir Jeju had two goals and an assist to lead Woods-Tower (6-9-1, 3-7-1 MAC Gold), while Steve Fowler and Yeng Yang each added a goal and Christian Sipley made 15 saves. Port Huron is 10-5-1, 6-4-1.


Marysville d. Macomb Dakota, 25-20, 20-25, 10-25, 26-24, 15-10: Nicole Slis was 20-for-20 serving, Ali Bastianelli added 20 kills and six blocks, and Bailey Bowns turned in five kills and 21 digs for Marysville (31-4-1, 4-1 MAC Red). Dakota is 3-2 in league play.

James Hawkins is a freelance writer. Detroit News staff contributed.