Prep soccer: Marquette extends unbeated streak to seven

MOUNT PLEASANT – Marquette extended its unbeaten streak to seven games with a 3-0 shutout at Mount Pleasant Friday evening in high school boys soccer action.

The Redmen used an own-goal off MSHS junior Ben Wright’s corner kick for all the offense they would need.

Wright’s kick to the front of the goal bounced off a Mount Pleasant defender who was trying to clear the ball. Instead, the ball bounced into the MP net during the game’s 10th minute.

Marquette’s defense bottled up the Oilers’ attack, allowing MP just one shot on goal and two total shots against Redmen senior netminder Tony Lackey.

“We played very, very smart defensively,” MSHS coach Matt Tebo said. “Our communication is getting better. We’re making quick passes in the defensive end to relieve the pressure.”

The Redmen (8-4-1) took a 2-0 lead with about 10 minutes to go in the first half when junior Andrew Banitt made a low pass to sophomore Lehomm Pickard, who flicked the ball over a defender’s foot into the net.

Marquette rounded out the scoring in the second half with 13 minutes left as Pickard took a popped-up ball out of mid-air and let loose with a shot. While the MP goalie made the save, the rebound squirted out to MSHS junior Max Bednarek, who immediately knocked it in.

Marquette had 19 total shots, 11 in the first half, with 12 of them on goal, five in the opening 40 minutes. Lackey made his save in the first half.

The Redmen remain downstate today to play in the Traverse City Christian tournament.

Marquette faces Elk Rapids at 9:30 a.m., Sault Ste. Marie at noon, and then plays in either the championship, third place or fifth place game at 1:15 p.m. That opponent will be Suttons Bay, Saginaw Nouvel or host TCC.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Steve Brownlee. His email address is