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Fleming's strong leg lifts Red Devils over Chiefs

Behind the leg of Caroline Fleming, the Grosse Ile girl's soccer team shutout Huron 5-0 on Wednesday.



The sophomore forward netted four goals two in each half to lead the Devils' youthful offense.



"It's actually pretty good because she's been having problems finding the net. In her mind she's having those problems," Grosse Ile Coach Amy Rossow said, regarding her star sophomore. "So when she broke through that field with the combination play, it opened things up a lot. I think she's finally figured out how she's got her shot back."



Fleming scored the game's first goal almost right away, finding the back of the net with 37:01 left in the opening half. Just over two minutes later, she found the net again to give the Devils an early 2-0 lead.



Halftime didn't slow down the sophomore. She bolted past Huron defenders for the hat trick 10 seconds into the second half. With 12:02 remaining in the game, Fleming netted her fourth goal on the day.



After what he called the best game his team played all season one day before, Huron Coach Dan Rossow was disappointed with Wednesday's result.



"We watched a good game. We watched a good team play, we didn't play really well," Dan Rossow said. "Tuesday we played our best game (against Riverview) and we come out and play our worst game of the year after. Against any halfway decent team, we can't do that. Grosse Ile's better than a halfway decent team; they're an outstanding team.



"We just didn't come to play today. Our heads were not in the game at all."



Freshman midfielder Abby King assisted all four of Fleming's goals.



"Well our team's really, really good," Fleming said. "All four assists came from Abby King. She just knows where to give me the ball, so it actually makes it pretty easy for me."



Fleming wasn't alone on the scoring action junior defenseman Nicole DeSana scored Grosse Ile's other goal at 35:18 in the second half.



With 1:56 remaining in the game, Huron's Darian Chirillo attempted a penalty kick. Sophomore goalkeeper Olivia Reckley gobbled it up to maintain the shutout.



Grosse Ile (11-0-2, 7-0) returns to action tomorrow to face Monroe Jefferson. Huron (6-4-1, 6-3-1) plays Monroe Jefferson and Saint Mary's Catholic Central next week.



Dan Rossow said his team will have to improve its play with a tough stretch of Huron League foes remaining on the schedule.

"We've gotta play every game," Dan Rossow said. "We've got to show up at every game and play soccer instead of watching soccer. Today we did a lot of watching. It was very frustrating for the girls who were working their tales off and for me as well."

Last Updated: 5/8/2014 11:02:58 PM EST

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