2018-10-25 / Sports

Chargers edge Panthers 2-1 in district semis

By Lamont Lenar


Nouvel goal keeper Jacob Werner makes the save in the district semifinal against Valley Lutheran on Oct. 17. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Nouvel goal keeper Jacob Werner makes the save in the district semifinal against Valley Lutheran on Oct. 17. Photo by Lamont Lenar Valley Lutheran and Nouvel Catholic Central faced off in the soccer district semifinal on Wednesday, Oct. 17, with the Chargers taking the 2-1 win.

Valley Lutheran defeated Marlette 5-0 in its tournament opener on Monday, Oct. 15. Nouvel had a first round bye, to get to the semis.

The Panthers and Chargers each came out attacking the opposing goal, each was able to get through the midfield and get shots on goal.

Nouvel struck first, with Jose Costilla breaking away and scoring just 10:06 into the game for the 1-0 lead.

Both squads continued to pressure the ball. Valley Lutheran scored with 11:08 remaining in the half, with Alex Friebe finding the net, to tie the game 1-1.

The Chargers took the lead with Friebe getting the breakaway goal with just 33.1 seconds left in the half to take the 2-1 lead.


Charger Andrew Gunn moves the ball ahead and centers it for a shot at the Nouvel goal in the district semifinal on Oct. 17. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Charger Andrew Gunn moves the ball ahead and centers it for a shot at the Nouvel goal in the district semifinal on Oct. 17. Photo by Lamont Lenar The teams continued to attack in the second half, but both defenses kept the nets clear, with Valley Lutheran taking the 2-1 win.

The Chargers moved on to face Bad Axe in the district final on Saturday, Oct. 20, with the Hatchets getting the 4-2 win.



Kasey Appold jumps up for a header and controls possession for Valley Lutheran in the district semifinal against Nouvel on Oct. 17. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Kasey Appold jumps up for a header and controls possession for Valley Lutheran in the district semifinal against Nouvel on Oct. 17. Photo by Lamont Lenar

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