Redmen capture 12th straight U.P. soccer title
MARQUETTE — Marquette Senior High School captured its 12th consecutive U.P. Finals title in boys soccer at the Kaufman Sports Complex in Marquette on Saturday. The Redmen won the Red Division for varsity teams.
MSHS finished its 12-5-1 season with a 6-2 victory over Kingsford in the championship game, scoring four unanswered goals in the second half after the Flivvers tied the score soon after intermission.
“It was an amazing season and really ended on an amazing note (as a) couple players scored their first varsity goals in a couple of our biggest games of the season, and the seniors and all the kids really poured it all out on the field for the final two games of the season,” Redmen head coach Dan Menze said. “I couldn’t be happier with the results.”
In the title tilt, Marquette jumped out to a 2-0 lead as senior Joe Lagrou blasted in an unassisted goal from just outside the 18-yard box and senior captain Trevor Salmon converted on a penalty kick.
Kingsford cut the Redmen’s advantage to one goal before halftime, then tied it about five minutes into the second half.
After that, MSHS took control. Sophomore Alex Vermaat scored what proved to be the game winner off an assist from senior Mack Vezina to make it 3-2. Salmon added insurance with his 33rd goal of the season from a pass by sophomore Nick Lindberg, then freshman Nick Asmus scored for the second straight game with an assist going to sophomore John Weber.
Finally, freshman Max Dawson completed the scoring off a Vermaat pass to make a winner of sophomore goalkeeper Harrison Anthos, who faced 11 shots.
“The Kingsford game was a really tough-fought first half, both teams missing some good opportunities,” Menze said. “After being up 2-1 at (the) half, we felt good about the game but Kingsford got a free kick and after a weird bounce had a great shot from outside the 18.
“We responded after they tied it up — everyone stepped up and really controlled the game from there and (we) were able (to) respond quickly and kind of take the wind out of there sails and we capitalized on our chances.
“What a beautiful day it was and some great soccer to watch with a great team to be able to coach, amazing group of young men.”
While Kingsford defeated the Escanaba Bayside team in one semifinal, Marquette blanked Iron Mountain 4-0 in the other. Salmon and Vezina each had a goal and an assist in the first half as Asmus also scored then and Vermaat added an assist.
Sophomore Zane Phillips scored the only goal, coming unassisted, in the second half as Anthos faces eight shots for his shutout.
“(We) played a very solid match against Iron Mountain,” Menze said. “They came out fast and physical but we were able to overcome (that0 and took the lead off of a beautiful shot from Trevor Salmon and never looked back.”
Negaunee captures Black Division
The Negaunee Soccer Club team won a pair of shootouts, including against the Marquette JV team in the championship game, to capture the tourney’s JV entries in the Black Division. In each game, Negaunee had to come back from a 2-0 halftime deficit as it finished its season at 14-4.
Against Marquette, Negaunee’s Erik Salminen scored following a penalty and on a long ball over the top in the final 30 seconds of regulation to force that shootout.
Salminen, Zac Holm, Liam Jeevar and Carter Beres scored for Negaunee in that phase, with Jeevar also working in net for the 4-2 advantage in the shootout and the championship.
Earlier, Negaunee faced a similar situation against the Copper Country Christian School, getting a Kyle Michelson goal assisted by Max Holdwick, Tanner Cain goal assisted by Maia Hemmila and finally a Holm header for a goal assisted by a Cain floating cross that forced the shootout tied 3-3.
Holm and Jeevar scored and Jeevar back in net made it hold up for a 2-1 shootout advantage and the win.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is email@example.com.