Thursday’s roundup: Skyline wins 15th straight match
Ann Arbor Skyline’s varsity boys soccer team continued its quest for a perfect season on Thursday night, beating host Monroe, 5-0.
Skyline didn’t get off to a quick start, taking a 1-0 lead into halftime, but head coach Chris Morgan had a message for his guys in the locker room.
“Keep it positive,” Morgan told his players. “We were trying to force the ball and we had a lot of shots that weren’t finding the frame. We needed to find the frame and be patient.”
That speech paid dividends in the second half as Skyline added four goals to seal the victory.
Jack Bakker led the way with two goals and Liam Butler, Martijn Sier and Blaker Sunderman all scored for Skyline (15-0).
Another shutout comes as no surprise to the head coach, who has seen his trio of goalkeepers record 11 scoreless games this season. Skyline has allowed opponents only five goals in 15 contests.
“Absolutely,” Morgan said of his team rallying around the goalies. “They’ve been outstanding. They’ve just been a really nice confidence-builder for everyone.”
Three years removed from its last Division 1 title, Skyline has the talent to take home the crown again this season.
“We do (compare the 2013 team to this year’s),” Morgan admitted. “There are a lot of similarities and a lot of differences, good and bad. We had Mr. Soccer that year, who scored over 40 goals, and this year it’s more spread out.”
Despite missing six players, Skyline managed to finish strong for a nice victory.
“We’re a deep team, so we don’t drop off a lot (at any position),” Morgan said. “We don’t put too much emphasis on going undefeated, while that is nice. Our real season starts in two weeks. We’re cautiously optimistic.”
That real season to which Morgan was referring is the state playoffs. Skyline has two games next week before facing off against Ypsilanti Lincoln in districts on Monday, Oct. 17.
Novi defeated South Lyon 25-11, 25-12, 25-19: Erin O’Leary had 34 assists, Kathryn Ellison finished with 12 kills and Ally Cummings added 11 kills for Novi (30-1).
Connor Muldowney is a freelance writer.