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Messer scores twice in Waterford Mott's soccer win over Walled Lake Central

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Soccer - Girls - 5/9/2017 

Walled Lake Central 1
Waterford Mott 3
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COMMERCE TWP. – The Waterford Mott Lady Corsairs fell behind early, then came back to claim a 3-1 win over the host Walled Lake Central Lady Vikings in a key KLAA North battle Tuesday night.

The Lady Vikings opened the scoring just 48 seconds into the game. Larissa Barnett raced to the corner in transition and fired a cross to Lauren Wasiak. Wasiak laid a ball back for Amanda Britain, who quickly fired a shot into the lower right side for a 1-0 lead.

“I think Amanda Britain did a great job for us up top,” Lady Vikings head coach Joel Sharpe said. “She was a great target player, brought balls down, created for us, and obviously got that goal.”

But the Lady Corsairs would stay the course, settle down, and get back in the game.

Two set piece goals would give Mott the lead midway through the first half.

The Lady Corsairs tied the game with 21:31 to play when Kendra Lewis fired a throw in into the penalty area. The ball bounced once, high in the air, and Jasmin Messer headed it back the way it came to make it 1-1. Just over 2 ½ minutes later, the Lady Corsairs took a 2-1 lead when Kayli Loza headed in a corner kick from Lewis.

“Kendra had a great game today,” Mott head coach Evan Baker said. “It was a lot of work for Kendra tonight, but she did a really good job with it, and then obviously providing quality service on the set pieces was always a bonus.”

The game was both a physical and a tactical battle as each side made adjustments. The first strategic change came when the Lady Corsairs had to adjust to Walled Lake Central’s decision to man mark Mott’s star forward, Hannah Crum.

“It’s not a tactic that we were expecting coming in. We haven’t seen it much this year,” Baker said. “(We) made a really good adjustment and the players pulling things from sessions that we had two or three weeks ago that now they needed to pull out tonight. As a coach, you’re really proud to see that.”

The Lady Vikings were able to gain a bit more possession in the second half after struggling to do much offensively in the first 40 minutes, apart from their opening goal. But despite a shift in tactics and formation, Central was largely unable to convert possession into chances.

“It’s a tale of two halves in the sense that we controlled a little more of the play and had more field possession, but they (Mott) stood up pretty well in front of their goalkeeper as well. We didn’t have quality opportunities either,” Sharpe said. “We were close. We kept getting these things where we were almost there.”

A late goal from Mott would put the game out of reach as Crum found Messer with a long switching ball that Messer calmly deposited for her second goal of the game.

With the win, Waterford Mott improves to 11-2 overall and 6-2 in KLAA North. The Lady Corsairs travel to Walled Lake Western on Thursday for another key divisional game as they try to keep pace with Walled Lake Northern atop the division standings.

Mott came into the night one game behind Northern in the standings and will host the Lady Knights in the final division game for both teams next Tuesday.

“We’ve been talking ever since our loss to Walled Lake Northern that the opportunity to set up the showdown on our home field the last game of the regular season if we can get 12 straight points, and we’re three-quarters of the way there,” Baker said. “Western is starting to lock things down defensively. We’re going to be prepared for a battle. It’s never easy going on the road to a Walled Lake school.”

Walled Lake Central slips to 7-6-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the division. The Lady Vikings will look to get back on track Thursday when they host Lakeland for another KLAA North game.


WM 2 1 - 3

WLC 1 0 - 1

First Half: 1, WLC, Amanda Britain (Lauren Wasiak); 2, WM, Jasmin Messer (Kendra Lewis); 3, WM, Kali Loza (Lewis)

Second Half: 4, WM, Messer (Hannah Crum)

GOALKEEPERS: Waterford Mott, Tairyn Webb (3 saves); Walled Lake Central, Lauren Stabile (7 saves)

RECORDS: Waterford Mott 11-2, 6-2 KLAA North; Walled Lake Central 7-6-1, 3-4-1 KLAA North

Last Updated: 5/9/2017 10:53:33 PM EST

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