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Seaholm blanks Lake Orion for hard-fought OAA Blue win WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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LAKE ORION – The visiting Birmingham Seaholm Maples defeated the host Lake Orion Dragons 3-0 in an early-season OAA Blue girls soccer showdown.

The Maples got on the board midway through the first half when Cate Brown beat a defender in the right corner and crossed a ball to the far post where Zoe Gaffney was waiting to tap it in.

The Maples' midfield led by Gaffney, Hannah Stone, and Hailey Hartwig controlled the play for much of the game, especially in the first half. The midfield trio possessed well in the middle of the field and then distributed to the various attacking options, creating chances for the Maples.

“Probably the difference was (that) they would win it and get two or three connections together, passes, and we’d win it and make no connections,” Lake Orion head coach Chris Corteg said. “Then we’re chasing and when you have to chase a team that’s a little more physical, a little more athletic than you that’s problematic.”

But Dragons goalkeeper Taryn Redd was excellent, despite giving up the three goals and came up with a pair of outstanding diving saves to keep the game 1-0 headed into halftime.

The Maples extended their lead with scrappy goals from Natalie Erne and Cate Brown to build a 3-0 lead with 17:25 to play, finding loose balls and scrambling them across the line.

“I knew it was going to be tough. They (Lake Orion) are well coached, and it was a scrappy game. It was kind of messy, and I told the girls just now that I liked the fact that they were physical and they dealt with the fact that it was scrappy,” head coach Manuel Rodrigues said. “This was a really nice one to win.”

He added that, “I’ve got a lot of young players, and this game is good for the young players.”

The Dragons did get some chances, especially in the second half, as Jacqueline Gingell and Megan Danielson turned in solid performances for Lake Orion whose offense got going more as the game went on.

“We had three or four (good) chances. With a bit of luck we could have scored two goals easy,” Corteg said. “I thought we played okay. The 3-0 sounds like a rout but I don’t think we were routed. But it was a good win, and probably the best team won.”

But the Dragons ultimately could not solve the Seaholm defense, led by Mika Hamady.

With the win, Seaholm improves to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in OAA Blue. Lake Orion is 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the OAA Blue. Both teams will face another division opponent on Thursday when Lake Orion travels to Farmington Hills Harrison.

Seaholm returns home to face crosstown rival Birmingham Groves.

“There’s going to be a big turnout. It’s a rivalry game. I tell my girls that anyone can beat anyone at any time. A lot of them play together, which is fun,” Rodrigues said.

Last Updated: 4/18/2017 10:26:03 PM EST

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