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Oilers advance to Saturday's D2 district finale WITH GALLERY

When you control time of possession 90 percent of the time you're going to win the game 99 times out of 100.

On Thursday afternoon from Community Memorial Stadium the Mt. Pleasant girls soccer team turned in an absolutely dominating performance as it owned possession en route to a 5-0 rout over Saginaw Valley League Conference foe Bay City Central.

With the victory the Oilers (10-7-2) advance to Saturday's Division 2 home district final. They will host Cadillac, which beat Petoskey 2-1 Thursday, at 11 a.m. from Community Memorial Stadium. Cadillac beat the Oilers 3-1 a couple weeks back, but that was then and this is now.

As for Thursday's win the Oilers controlled the tempo from the opening kick till the final whistle.

"We came out with some purpose and some focus and did what we needed to do," said Oiler head coach John Bunting. "Our goal was to be a bit more efficient and to connect on the offensive end which we did. We also got in the entire roster which was what we wanted because everyone has been working hard and everyone has helped get us to this point."

The Oilers opened the scoring at the 32:12 mark of the opening half when senior Millie Randall blasted home a shot from 25 yards out to make it 1-0. Some seven minutes later Randall upped the ante to 2-0 as she turned in a ball-possession skill seminar at the top of the 18. Randall baffled numerous defenders before turning and driving home a high shot into the back of the twine.

With 43 seconds left to go in the opening half junior Olivia Laing broke in alone and closed the first-half scoring out at 3-0 with a shot to the short corner.

The Oilers and Wolves played even through the first 20 minutes of the second half before freshman Maddie McBride scored her first varsity goal off a corner to make it 4-0 with 18:52 left in regulation.

Six minutes later senior Cassidy Morkin headed in a corner to close the scoring out at 5-0.

While Bunting was happy with Thursday's result he knows in order to win a district title and advance into the regional round his team is going to have to play at its best Saturday.

"We know (Cadillac) scores a lot of goals so we're going to have to shut down some of their scorers," said Bunting looking ahead. "Playing home on the turf is going to make for a fast game. It's going to be a good matchup between two very different teams, we're more passing and technical where they're more physical and run and gun. We'll see how those differences match up."

Last Updated: 6/1/2017 9:08:18 PM EST