HARBOR SPRINGS - The Marquette Senior High School boys soccer team won the Harbor Springs tournament on Saturday, surviving two close matches early on before destroying their foe in the final.
The Redmen needed penalty kicks to win their opener over Big Rapids, beat the hosts by two goal, then scored an 8-0 victory in the championship match against Alcona, invoking the mercy rule in the 14th minute of the second half.
"We came out on fire in the championship and the other team just wasn't ready," MSHS head coach Matt Tebo said. "We made them pay for it."
MSHS sophomore Lehomm Pickard had a hat trick and two assists to lead Marquette in the championship with his third goal ending the game in the second half.
Junior Andrew Banitt scored back-to-back first half goals, plus assisted on the opening goal one minute into the final by Max Bednarek, who later assisted Banitt.
Hunter Shaneberger had a goal, Ben Wright scored once, Cole Rieboldt had two assists and Tanner Carriere and Craig Eckstrom had single assists.
Marquette scored both of its goals in the second half in a 2-0 win over Harbor Springs to reach the final with Shaneberger and Bednarek scoring the goals and Banitt and Pickard getting assists.
In the opener against Big Rapids, Shaneberger had the lone goal and Pickard the lone assist in a 1-1 tie. MSHS won the shootout with successful penalty kicks by Bednarek, Carriere, Wright and Preston Marchant.
The opener was originally delayed due to heavy rains and after making the drive down from Mackinaw City, MSHS only received a six-minute warning before the tournament began.
"We started off fairly slow this morning," Tebo said. "The rain delay really threw us off. We made a lot of mistakes early because we weren't physically and mentally ready.
"The win in penalty kicks and beating the host school really gave us a boost."