September 1, 2014

Spartans continue to make strides

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PINCONNING — The Pinconning Spartans soccer team is staying motivated after a tough start to the season.

On Wednesday, Sept. 1, the Spartans were defeated by Essexville Garber 2-0 at home.

Head coach Paul Wellman said the team has not been able to get over the hump.

“We are only allowing 1.2 goals per game right now, which is really good,” he said. “Unfortunately, (scoring) goals has been our problem.”

Wellman said the Spartans came out flat against Garber and were unable to recover.

“There are no excuses. We were better the whole second half,” he said. “ I believe the better team lost, and that happens in sports.”

Both goals were scored early in the contest before Pinconning’s offense went on the attack.

“The first half was our folly,” Wellman said. “The effort in the second half showed me that the kids still cared.”

He added that at next week’s game against Whittemore-Prescott, the Spartans will come back stronger.

“If I were Whittemore-Prescott, I would be scared,” Wellman said.

He said that the players on the team reflect the community they are from.

“This is a community full of hard workers,” Wellman said.

As a member of the Marine Corps, Wellman knows about motivation and hard work.

“Over the summer, I held a conditioning camp where I had the team work with me for a few days,” he said. “At the end, they felt like they had achieved something.”

Wellman said it is his job to teach life lessons and set team members up for future success.

“I feel that now they can push even further,” he said.

Wellman added that a new culture is being created for Pinconning soccer.

“We are going to start winning more,” he said. “Between last year’s team and this year’s team, they are unrecognizable, and we have a lot of the same players.”

Currently the Spartans’ record is (1-4-1) on the season.

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