Late Son goal rewards strong defensive effort
Photos by Tara Hefferan
It didn’t come easy by any means and it took over 78 minutes to get on the board but the Lions made it 6 in a row with a 1-0 win over visiting Montague.
With just 1:35 left in the match Alexandra Son dropped a floater over the extended hands of the Wildcat goaltender to break the game-long scoring drought for both teams and secure the non-conference win.
A highly skilled Montague team controlled possession for the majority of the game with much of the play taking place on the Newaygo side of the field but the Lions worked together with a ‘bend don’t break’ defensive mentality that succeeded in shutting down the Wildcats.
Newaygo’s defensive line of Sofia Briggs, Anna Brummel, Emma Reyburn, and Lynnea Briones played an excellent 80 minutes of soccer while goalkeeper Barbara Toth was outstanding in the nets making 16 saves on the night and employing some acrobatic moves to keep the visitors off the board.
Newaygo (6-0, 4-0) will take on another member of the West Michigan Conference Friday when they travel to Oakridge to face the Eagles (5-4, 3-0)