SAULT STE. MARIE – Sault High ended the home part of their schedule on a winning note on Monday.
The Blue Devils took a 4-0 halftime lead and beat the Cheboygan Chiefs 6-4 at Van Citters Field.
Jacob Nolan opened the scoring at 30:15 minutes into the first half, assisted by Marlon Cisneros. Gavin Harries made it 2-0 from a free kick and Cisneros scored after receiving a nice assist from Denvy McCord to make it 3-0. Just 25 seconds later, Jorge Juan Agelet del Real scored, giving the Sault a 4-0 lead, which he took at halftime.
Cheboygan came out quickly in the second half and scored two goals to narrow Sault’s lead. The Blue Devils recovered a goal when Carter Oshelski ran down the line and cut down the middle before his shot beat the Cheboygan goalie to make it 5-2. At 4:12 pm, a Cheboygan player received a red card for a flagrant foul, leaving the Chiefs down for the remainder of the game.
Nolan scored his second goal of the game, assisted by Aikens. Cheboygan added two more goals, but the Sault protected the ball for the final three minutes and won 6-4.
“A win is a win,” Sault High coach Alan MacArthur said. “It might not be the best win, but we’ll take it for the playoffs. You have to give credit to the coach and the Cheboygan team. They didn’t give up and showed a certain resilience, especially being a down player. On our side, I was able to move the players around and it was nice to have all the freshmen on the pitch at the same time for a few quality minutes.
Randin Blair and Oshelski du Sault led the way with five takeaways each while Nick Wood and Rayce Rizzo both had four takeaways. Kolbe Swanson secured the victory in goal.
Sault High had just lost 3-1 to Oscoda last Saturday. Jorge Juan Agelet del Real scored for the Sault just 29 seconds into the game.
As the teams traded scoring chances, however, this would be the Blue Devils’ last score of the day. The Owls tied 1-1 at halftime and scored twice more in the second half to claim the victory.
Nolan and McCord each had five takeaways, while Cole Hawker and Jackson Gervasio both had four.
“We definitely got the start we wanted to score in the minute,” said MacArthur. “The two teams were roughly tied in the first half. When the second half started we took our foot off the gas pedal and let Oscoda move the ball too far. At the university level, you must complete. You have to complete the race, you have to complete the game, and you have to complete your scoring opportunities. You can’t go back.
The Blue Devils (7-10-1) will face Houghton in their first game of the Upper Peninsula tournament in Marquette this Saturday.
“Houghton is one of the fastest teams,” said MacArthur. “We played tied about a month ago. As long as we’re healthy this should be a good game. “
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