November 24, 2014

Panthers shut out in final game of the season

By Brent Baker|Special to the Independent
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STANDISH-STERLING — Standish-Sterling's girls soccer team held its own against highly-regarded Freeland on Tuesday.

The Panthers needed to do a little more than that if they wanted to win, but SSC coach John Rudberg was not displeased with his team's season-ending, 5-0 loss to the Falcons.

"Freeland is a very, very good club," he said, noting the squad was ranked 10th in the final state soccer coaches' poll. "They played like it."

Freeland took an early 2-0 lead, but the Panthers had a chance to get back in the game just before half after Shelby Gainforth's crossing pass nearly set up a goal. The shot went over the crossbar, and Freeland went on to score two goals early in the second half to put the game away.

Megan Jurek had 12 saves.

"She was sensational," Rudberg said. "Lacy Grzelak and Madison Astorga also played very well for our side."

Alicia Trombley and Courtney Pierce each had two non-keeper saves.

The Panthers finished their season at 7-10-2.

The Falcons (15-2-1) got two goals from Sarah Walker and one each from Courtney Payk, Sammy Payk and Jacki Chisolm.

Freeland moves on to play Essexville Garber in one of Wednesday's semifinal contests at Standish-Sterling.

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