Prep girls soccer: Marquette outshoots downstate opponents in sloppy conditions

LELAND – A trip downstate sounded like the perfect antidote to miserable spring weather in the Upper Peninsula.

But it proved to be more of the same for the Marquette Senior High School girls soccer team at the Leland Girls Soccer Invitational on Saturday.

The Redettes won two of three games playing on a cold day that featured a steady rain throughout their first two games.

Marquette stands 6-1 after a 6-0 win over Suttons Bay, 3-0 win over host Leland and 1-0 loss to Class B powerhouse Cadillac.

“We played well considering we haven’t had any practices outside yet,” MSHS coach Dan LeBert said. “These were tough conditions (Saturday), but we haven’t had decent conditions for any of our outdoor games yet this season.”

He specifically mentioned junior midfielder Shelby Ross, sophomore defender Lexi Guidebeck and sophomore goalie Molly Gaudreau for “outstanding” play throughout the day.

The team’s home field at the Kaufman Sports Complex has been closed this spring due to poor conditions, forcing the team inside for practices and several home games.

A home game at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Kingsford has been shifted to the Dickinson County school’s field.

On Saturday, the Redettes made an offensive adjustment at halftime that produced five goals in the second half in the opener against Suttons Bay.

“I instructed our girls to take their shots from outside the box at halftime,” LeBert said. “We had a number of good scoring chances in the first half, but the ball would just die in the water and the muck in front of the goal.”

Junior Makaela Burse got the Redettes on the board before halftime as Ross picked up the assist.

Then the onslaught began as Marquette rolled up a 22-0 shots edge for the game. Junior Casey Durand produced two goals while Ross, freshman Sierra Carlson and sophomore Kayce Mullett got the others.

Junior Makaela Burse assisted on the first three goals of the half, with other helpers going to freshman Deni Peterson and sophomore Terese Ledy.

The middle game was the shutout to Cadillac as the Vikings scored on a point-blank shot in the first 10 minutes against Gaudreau when she slipped on the messy field.

Marquette had 15 shots, including a penalty shot by Burse that bounced off the crossbar.

“It was hard to come up with clean opportunities,” LeBert said. “We were creating chances, but it was hard to finish.

“We had some point-blank opportunities that went wide or their goalie made nice saves on.

“I’d like to play this team again under better conditions.”

The Redettes closed with another shutout of the host Norsemen as sophomore Madison Rieboldt scored the only goal of the first half on a header from a corner kick by Ross.

Peterson and junior Carleigh Hillier scored in the second half, with assists credited to Guidebeck and senior Gabrielle Gencheff.

Gaudreau made four saves as her teammates posted 15 shots.