Falcon girls beat Standish-Sterling
Special to the Herald
WEST BRANCH — Ogemaw Heights got its first win of the season at just the right time, taking a 3-1 victory over Standish-Sterling in both teams' North East Michigan Conference opener.
The Falcons led just 1-0 despite dominating the first half in terms of possession, though they had a hard time getting solid scoring opportunities. Cara Crawford scored Ogemaw's first goal of the season with a 25-yard looper just under the crossbar at the 20 minute mark of the first half.
"We played better in the first half," said Ogemaw coach Jeff Young. "Even though we scored twice in the second half I thought we fell off a bit. We still need to shift some pieces around, but I think we're starting to come together. When we made mistakes, we covered for them."
For his part, SSC coach John Rudberg was a lot happier with his team's second half play.
"It's tough to get a good feel for where you are when it's this cold and windy," he said of the blustery, 40-degree temperatures. "They really only got on our end of the field a couple times in the second half, and they scored on both of them.
"We got some better chances for ourselves after the half. The first half, we couldn't get much going."
Crawford scored the Falcons' second goal as well, weaving through the SSC defense for a point blank shot midway through the second half that made it 2-0.
The Panthers got back in the game as Ashley Wakulat split a pair of Ogemaw defenders and ripped the ball inside the left post with 10 minutes to play, but just two minutes later Kristi Killackey scored to regain the two-goal lead for the Falcons.
"Our young kids are getting there," Young said. "I was really impressed with Erin Powley. It's really the first action she's gotten, and she played well.
"The great thing is, these kids are really willing to learn."
Killackey also had an assist for the Falcons, who got four saves apiece from Emily Sheltrown and Melissa Deyarmond.
Kelsey Prohaska had 15 saves for SSC.
The win improves Ogemaw to 1-2 overall (1-0 NEMC) while SSC falls to 0-3 (0-1).