MARQUETTE - Speed can be lethal, something the Marquette Senior High School girls varsity soccer team proved most emphatically on Tuesday.
Taking advantage of the artificial turf and cozy confines of the Superior Dome, the Redettes blanked visiting Marinette (Wis.) 7-0.
Makaela Burse scored twice, and Shelby Ross added a goal and an assist, as MSHS improved to 3-0 this season. Marquette has now outscored its opponents 19-0 on the campaign.
Marquette Senior High School’s Casey Durand Battles Marinette, Wis., defender Lexi Bohan in a match on Tuesday at the Superior Dome in Marquette. (Journal photo by Amy Treloar)
Marquette Senior High School’s Carleigh Hillier clears the ball down field against Marinette, Wis., in a match on Tuesday at the Superior Dome in Marquette. (Journal photo by Amy Treloar)
"I don't know if we're that good, or our competition has been that bad," MSHS head coach Dan LeBert said. "It's hard to tell.
"But the only thing we did wrong in the offensive end today was to take some bad angle shots."
The Redettes still managed to put the ball on net, taking a 3-0 lead at the half in a match they dominated from start to finish.
"We have a lot of speed on the outside," LeBert said, "and our forwards make it tough on the defense. The turf helps our speed and making flat passes."
Carleigh Hillier - assisted by Casey Durand - gave MSHS a 1-0 lead just 9:50 into a match originally scheduled outdoors but moved into the Dome due to poor field conditions at the Kaufman Sports Complex.
"I had no idea how good Marinette was. Going in, I'm always nervous," LeBert said. "Getting that first goal early is always good."
Erica Cousineau made it 2-0 with 12:40 left in the half, putting a shot off the top crossbar into the net.
Deni Peterson then made it a three-goal difference off a breakaway at 38:50, assisted by Kayce Mullett. Marinette goalkeeper Cassondra McVane, who made several stops in the contest, got a piece of the ball before it trickled behind her.
"We started off slow," Marines head coach Chris Mahlik said after his team fell to 1-1. "Cassondra had a nice game and held us in there, but we were overmatched.
"We were overwhelmed by (Marquette's) speed."
In the first 6:09 of the second half, MSHS got markers from Mikayla Blight and Burse to make it 5-0. Ross assisted on the first, Durand on the second.
Blight's tally came off a corner kick she deflected off her chest, while Burse made several moves with the ball to get in front of McVane for a better shot.
"I don't think about it, I just go with it and try to get an open spot (to shoot)," Burse said.
The junior forward then notched her fifth goal of the season by creating her own breakaway and faking the Marinette goalkeeper for a clear shot in close.
"I always have trouble 1-on-1 (with a goalie). I freak out and always miss," Burse said. "But on this one, I was calm and looked for the far corner.
"Coach tells us to get the corners with low shots."
Ross ended the scoring with 30:17 remaining off a pass in front from Lexi Guidebeck before LeBert emptied his bench with 27 minutes remaining.
MSHS goalkeepers Molly Gaudreau and Karly Cushway made one save each, Gaudreau in the first half and Cushway in the second.
"We have a young team, with all sophomores and juniors," Mahlik said of the Marines. "But I saw this coming, only I didn't think it would be 7-0. Not a shutout (anyway).
"Grass might have slowed the game down, but the turf was a shock to some of my girls."