Northern High School
Coach: Andy Fuehr
Varsity Coach: Pat Tetreault
Assistant: Justin Rhodes
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Huskies Win 2nd Straight
The Portage Northern Huskies won the
SMAC league championship tournament for the second straight season, defeating
Stevensville Lakeshore in the championship game, 3-0, with Casey Higgason collecting
a goal and an assist to lead the offense.
Northern took a 1-0 lead in the opening
half at 31:27 when Higgason had the ball on the left side and delivered a perfect
pass to a cutting Heath Somers, who headed it into the net. Juniors Cameron
Krebill and Cody Cattell hooked up on the second goal at 11:17, with Krebill
winning possession on the left side and crossing it into the penalty area for
Cattell, who beat the keeper cleanly for the 2-0 advantage at intermission.
Higgason scored the only goal of the
second half, beating the Lancer goalie with a 15-yard shot from the left side.
It was the senior striker's team-leading 15th goal of the season. It was a great
defensive effort for the Huskies, outshooting the Lancers, 21-3, as defenders
Will Hawkins, Wil Granaderos, Kevin Branam and Kevin Myers allowed the Lancers
few chances and senior defensive midfielder, Sean Hurley, frustrated the Stevensville
squad's attackers with numerous steals.
Northern Coach Andy Fuehr appreciated
the defensive effort of his team. "It was great for the boys to get a solid
result against a very defensive minded club in Lakeshore," he said. "Our defense
played great and the boys in the back held strong for 80 minutes. We now must
get focused for the state tournament and next Thursday's District Semifinal
at Portage Central."
The Huskies have won both the regular
season crown and the conference tournament for the second year in a row. Northern
keeper Jeremy Krueger collected the shutout, just as he did in the championship
contest a year ago against St. Joseph. The Huskies improved to 14-3-4 on the
season heading into its district showdown with Portage Central.
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Huskies Beat Portage Central 3-0 - Advance
to SMAC Finals
Billy Cremeans scored two goals and Casey Higgason notched
his team-leading 14th score of the season as the Huskies defeated rival Portage
Central, 3-0, to advance to the SMAC Tournament Final, to be played at Northern
on October 9 against Stevensville Lakeshore.
Ten minutes into the game, Higgason won a ball on the right
side and made a run towards the corner, delivering a pass to Aaron Dewberry.
Dewberry's shot was blocked and then cleared by the Mustang defense, but Northern's
Will Hawkins intercepted the Mustang pass and sent it to Cremeans on the left
side, who beat the keeper cleanly for the 1-0 lead.
With seven minutes remaining in the opening half, defender
Kevin Myers stopped a Portage Central passing play and sent the ball to Higgason,
who made a long run up the right sideline, beating two defenders and then scoring
from 10 yards out for a 2-0 advantage. The Huskies outshot the Mustangs in the
first half, 6-4.
The determined Mustangs came out aggressive in the second
half, outshooting the Huskies, 8-6 after halftime, but they could not beat Northern
keeper Jeremy Krueger, who notched the shutout with 12 saves. Kreuger had a
little help from his friends as twice it appeared the Mustangs might score,
but the ball was kicked out near the goal line by Kevin Branam on one occasion
and by Aaron Dewberry on another Mustang shot.
Cremeans scored the third goal for the Huskies with 10 minutes
remaining when he took a direct kick that was blocked by the Portage Central
wall only to be recovered by Cremeans, who dribbled into the box and beat the
keeper from 15 yards out.
"I was real pleased with the win," Northern Coach Andy Fuehr
said. "Portage Central is a quality team and I was happy for our seniors because
it's the last time they'll play PC on our home field."
The Huskies, who upped their season's record to 13-3-4, may
play Portage Central again in the state districts, which will be held the week
of October 13 at Portage Central.
Huskies Fall To East Kentwood 2-0
East Kentwood, the defending state champion in Division I
and ranked third in the state this season, defeated Northern, 2-0, coming on
strong after intermission after the teams fought to a scoreless tie in the opening
The Huskies outshot the Falcons in the first half, 5-4, and
almost took the lead with less than 12 minutes remaining before halftime. Casey
Higgason beat the East Kentwood defense around the left side and his hard shot
went past the Falcon keeper, but hit the cross bar. Aaron Dewberry's attempt
at the rebound went just wide as the Falcons survived the close call.
The talented Falcons came out fired up in the second half,
outshooting the Huskies, 8-2, for the half and 12-7 for the game. At 28:00,
the Falcons had a corner kick and the original shot was saved by Husky keeper
Jeremy Krueger, but the rebound was put in for a 1-0 East Kentwood lead.
The score remained 1-0 for the rest of the half until a final
Falcon goal was scored with eight seconds remaining in the contest as the Huskies
pushed almost their whole team up in the offensive end in an attempt to get
the equalizer. The loss was the first one for the Huskies since the first week
of the season in the Portage Invitational "Three for One" affair on August 23.
The Falcons had 15 direct kicks to 13 for the Huskies and
East Kentwood had the edge in corner kicks, 7-2. The non-league loss gives the
Huskies a 12-3-4 record for the season as the team gets ready for its semi-final
match-up with Portage Central in the SMAC tournament on October 7.
Huskies Open Conference Tourney with 9-2
Win over Marshall
Northern's Casey Higgason scored three goals in the first 15
minutes and the Huskies opened their defense of the Southwest Michigan Athletic
Conference (SMAC) tournament championship with a 9-2 victory over Marshall,
the team's highest scoring game of the season.
Higgason scored on a breakaway five minutes into the contest
for a 1-0 lead and seven minutes later the Huskies converted a corner kick opportunity,
with Heath Somers delivering the ball to Kevin Branam, who sent it to Higgason,
who found the back of the net. At the 26:00 mark, Higgason received a pass from
Somers on the left side and beat a defender and then the goalie.
At 19:45, the Redhawks took advantage of a Northern defensive
breakdown and cut the deficit to 3-1. The Huskies struck again at 12:40, with
Aaron Dewberry making a very strong run on the right side, sliding an excellent
pass over to Billy Cremeans at the last moment and Cremeans made no mistake
for a 4-1 advantage.
With less than two minutes remaining in the opening half, Somers
beat two defenders on the left side of the box and his left-footed shot gave
the Huskies a 5-1 intermission lead. The Huskies outshot the Redhawks, 9-2,
in the first half and 22-5 for the game.
In the second minute after intermission, Cremeans took a direct
kick from 25 yards away and his perfect shot found the right corner to up the
Huskies' lead to 6-1. At 27:00, Cremeans dribbled by the goal line on the left
side and slotted a pass to Somers, who finished it for a 7-1 advantage. At 24:55,
a Marshall player got free in the penalty area and found the back of the net
for the team's second goal.
Two minutes later, An Nguyen dribbled through the box on the
left side and beat the Redhawk keeper for an 8-2 Husky lead. Less than a minute
later, Northern's Jake McKinney beat the goalie for game's final tally and the
final 9-2 margin. Northern's excellent senior class scored all nine of the goals
with the team's leading scorers - Higgason, Somers and Cremeans - accounting
for seven of the nine tallies.
Northern won the regular season SMAC title and the conference
tournament crown a year ago and are attempting to repeat the double this campaign.
The SMAC has 16 schools in the league. The Huskies finished unbeaten in regular
season conference games and now advance to the SMAC tournament semi-finals against
rival Portage Central. The Mustangs' only conference loss was to the Huskies
on September 9 in a 2-1 overtime thriller.
Before the Portage Central game, the Huskies have a non-league
game with defending state champion East Kentwood on October 4.
Huskies Top Mattawan, 3-0, Finish Unbeaten
in Conference Regular Season Play
Portage Northern finished 6-0 in the Southwest Michigan Athletic
Conference play with a 3-0 victory over Mattawan and as the top team in the
16-team SMAC and will have home games for all three contests they play in the
upcoming Conference tournament.
The Huskies won the Central Division of the SMAC with a 4-0
record and won both crossover games against the first place teams in the East
and West brackets. Northern defeated East winner Sturgis, 3-2, and West champion
Mattawan. The team played Mattawan to a 2-2 tie earlier in the season in a non-league
In the team's 3-0 win over Mattawan on September 30th, the
Wildcats actually outshot the Huskies in the first half, 3-2, but Northern had
a 1-0 halftime advantage. Ten minutes into the game, Billy Cremeans scored on
a penalty kick after Casey Higgason was tripped in the box. With three minutes
remaining in the half, Kevin Branam just missed a goal off a corner kick as
his shot, headed for the right corner, was just deflected away at the last moment.
The Huskies dominated play in the second half, outshooting
the visitors, 10-4, and scoring in the first minute of action, with Heath Somers
connecting after a pretty passing play in the box from Higgason to Cremeans
to Somers. Midway through the half, Cremeans made it 3-0 on a direct kick from
30 yards out.
Northern also had two goals disallowed in the second half,
one on an offside call and another on a foul called by the referee. The Mattawan
goalie also saved a penalty kick late in the game. Keepers Jeremy Krueger and
Alex Gray combined on the shutout for the Huskies, who improved to 11-2-4 on
the season after starting with a 2-2-0 mark.
Huskies Hand Gull Lake Its First Loss, 6-1
Portage Northern scored on six of its 11 shots on goal to hand
Gull Lake its first loss of the season, 6-1, to extend the Husky unbeaten streak
to 12 games.
Casey Higgason won the ball near midfield and used his speed
to beat the Gull Lake defense and his shot from 10 yards out at the 29:33 mark
opened the scoring. At 6:15 in the opening half, Ian Taylor took a corner kick
and hit the ball to Aaron Dewberry, who sent it to Kevin Branam for the second
goal. Later in the half, Branam narrowly missed, hitting the crossbar, and the
intermission score was 2-0.
The Huskies scored four times within a 20-minute time-span
in the second half to put it away. Branam scored on another corner kick in the
fourth minute of the period as Billy Cremeans served it to him perfectly. Thirty
seconds later, Higgason was fouled in the box and his successful penalty kick
upped the lead to 4-0.
At the 30:04 mark, Heath Somers dribbled along the left goal
line and served a perfect ball to An Nguyen for the team's fifth goal. Colin
Greichunos made it 6-0 at 17:44, scoring after a Billy Cremeans corner kick.
A late Gull Lake goal made the final 6-1. The Huskies out shot the Blue Devils,
11-8. Northern goalies Jeremy Krueger and Alex Gray shared the victory in the
"The boys came out inspired to play hard against the 2nd consecutive
undefeated team we have played," Coach Andy Fuehr said. "All players were able
to contribute and the overall effort for 80 minutes was excellent."
The period of Sept. 20-27 was an interesting week of soccer
for the Huskies. During that time, they beat three teams that are called the
Trojans (East Lansing, Sturgis, Plainwell); they downed two undefeated teams
(Plainwell, Gull Lake); they knocked off the third and fifth ranked teams in
the state in Division II (East Lansing and Plainwell); they beat three first-place
teams (Plainwell, Sturgis, Gull Lake); and they stretched their unbeaten streak
to 12 games in improving to 10-2-4 on the season. A year ago at this time, after
16 games, the Huskies were 12-4-0.
Huskies Defeat Previously Unbeaten Plainwell,
Junior Aaron Dewberry made two big plays late in the game to
lead Portage Northern to a 2-1 victory over previously undefeated Plainwell,
the fourth ranked team in the state in Division II.
With less than six minutes remaining in the contest, Heath
Somers launched a corner kick and the Huskies' Kevin Branam beat a Plainwell
player to the ball and took a shot, which deflected off a player to the side.
Dewberry then buried the rebound for the 2-1 Northern advantage. Two minutes
later, the Trojans' Shane Lyons hit a direct kick from 24 yards away which was
headed toward the Northern goal until Dewberry blocked it with his chest. Keeper
Jeremy Krueger then cleared it for the Huskies.
Lyons, one of the state's leading scorers with 25 goals for
the season through 12 games and 100 for his career, was held to two shots on
goal by the rugged Husky defense, but one of them found the back of the net
with just over a minute remaining in the opening half to give Plainwell a 1-0
lead at intermission. The Trojans outshot the Huskies in the first half, 6-1,
including a hard shot with 10 minutes left in the half, which appeared to be
headed toward the upper left corner, but Krueger was able to punch it away.
Three minutes into the second half, Northern's Casey Higgason
was tripped just outside the 18-yard line. Billy Cremeans then found the back
of the net on the ensuing direct kick to tie the score. Both teams managed just
three shots on goal in the second half in the defensive struggle. The Trojans
entered the game with a 12-0-0 record, having just given up two goals all season.
"This was a very even game and both teams had quality chances,"
Northern Coach Andy Fuehr commented. "It was nice to see us finishing on set
pieces and the defensive play of the group in the second half. Plainwell is
a talented team." The win gave Northern a record of 9-2-4 for the season and
an unbeaten streak of 11 games after starting the campaign 2-2-0.
Huskies Defeat Sturgis, 3-2, in First Place
Northern keeper Jeremy Krueger preserved a 3-2 victory over
Sturgis with two huge saves in the second half as the Huskies held on for the
win after dominating the opening half.
Kevin Branam opened the scoring for Northern at the 26:21 mark,
heading the ball into the net after a corner kick by Heath Somers. Five minutes
later it was 2-0 when Casey Higgason beat the keeper on a rebound after a Jake
McKinney shot hit the goalpost. At 17:25, Billy Cremeans delivered a corner
kick into the box and Kevin Myers put it in for a 3-0 lead as the Huskies were
The momentum changed at the 14:02 mark when Sturgis scored
on a penalty kick to close to 3-1. An apparent goal by the Trojans with 20 seconds
remaining in the opening half was waived off by an offside call. Northern outshot
Sturgis in the opening half, 11-2, and had four corner kicks to none for the
At the 30:59 mark of the second half, a Sturgis player beat
the defense around the right side to cut the margin to 3-2. After intermission,
Northern had 5 shots on goal to three for the Trojans. At 22:00, a hard Sturgis
shot appeared to be heading into the net and Krueger at the last moment was
able to punch it over the net.
Two minutes later, Northern's Billy Cremeans just missed with
a hard shot. A Sturgis player broke right in on Krueger with 16 minutes remaining,
but the senior keeper stoned him from close range for the game's best save as
the Huskies held on to its 3-2 victory. For the game, Northern had 11 corner
kicks, scoring on two of them, while Sturgis had one corner kick.
"We had a great first 20 minutes and the finishing on set pieces
was great," Northern Coach Andy Fuehr said. "The boys held the lead against
a very skilled and determined Trojan squad." The Huskies are 8-3-3 on the season
and are 5-0 in the Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference (SMAC). Northern is
the first place team in the Central Division of the SMAC, while Sturgis is first
in the West Bracket.
Huskies Beat East Lansing, Tie Dexter, Then
Lose Shootout in Invitational
The Northern soccer team, the defending champion in the East
Lansing Invitational, defeated East Lansing, 2-0, and then fell to Dexter in
a shootout in the championship game after battling to a 2-2 tie in regulation
The Huskies took a 1-0 lead on East Lansing 10 minutes into
the contest when Heath Somers found the back of the net on a rebound after Casey
Higgason ripped off a shot off the post. The Huskies held a 10-3 first-half
shot advantage over the Trojans, the state's 3rd ranked team in Division II
at the time.
"This was our best 80 minute effort on offense and defense,
" Northern Coach Andy Fuehr said. "It was great execution of our game plan."
An Nguyen found Higgason with a long through ball at the 26:00
mark of the second half and the senior striker put it away for the final 2-0
score. The Huskies ended with a 14-5 advantage in shots on goal and upped their
season's record to 7-2-3. Northern keeper Jeremy Krueger recorded the shutout.
In the tournament final against Dexter, Casey Higgason split
two defenders and broke down the middle of the field and beat the keeper cleanly
for a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game. The Dreadnaughts tied it at 1-1 midway
through the half, hitting on a direct kick from 23 yards out. A minute later,
Higgason's pass sent An Nguyen on a breakaway and the Husky midfielder made
no mistake for a 2-1 halftime lead.
The Dreadnaughts tied it in the third minute of play in the
second half, scoring on another direct kick, this one from 20 yards away. Neither
team would score for the rest of the half in the 80 degree heat. The Huskies,
who outshot Dexter in the opening stanza, 9-2, could manage only four shots
in the second half, to two for Dexter.
In the shootout, the Dreadnaights prevailed on the final kick
for the victory. Husky keeper Jeremy Krueger stopped the Dexter shooter the
first time, but the assistant referee ruled Krueger stepped off his line and
allowed the Dreadnaught player another chance and the second time the kick connected
for the Dexter victory. Heath Somers, Casey Higgason, Billy Cremeans and Cody
Cattell all scored in the shootout for the Huskies.
"Tired legs were the story but we had chances to finish before
going to penalty kicks," Coach Fuehr said. "It was a back and forth match with
quite a few momentum changes."
Huskies Clinch Regular Season title in Central
Heath Somers had two goals and two assists to lead the Portage
Northern varsity soccer squad to a 6-3 victory over Battle Creek Central on
September 16, extending the team's unbeaten streak to seven games and clinching
first place in the regular season in the Central bracket of the Southwest Michigan
The Huskies are now 6-2-3 on the season after starting 2-2-0.
The team has won four and tied three in its last seven contests. Northern's
league record is 4-0-1 and the Huskies will now play the first place team in
the East Division and then the top team in the West before beginning play in
the Conference tournament on October 2nd.
Somers found the back of the net early in the contest on a
pass from Casey Higgason, but the scrappy Bearcats tied it at 1-1 twelve minutes
into the game. Northern regained the lead five minutes later when Somers set
up Aaron Dewberry, who buried a rocket shot from 15 yards out on the left side.
Northern goalie Alex Gray robbed a Bearcat forward at the 23:00
mark on a shot from close range, but a minute later the Battle Creek squad was
awarded a penalty shot when a foul was called in the box. The Bearcats converted
the PK and it was 2-2.
The Huskies regained the lead when An Nguyen converted a left-footed
shot on a pass from Colin Greichunos at 28:00 minutes. A minute later, Somers
and Higgason went to work again. Higgason took a corner kick and passed it to
Somers who delivered a return pass to Higgason, who made no mistake on a 20-foot
laser. The score was 4-2 at intermission and Northern had 10 shots on goal to
four for the Bearcats.
Seven minutes after halftime, Ian Taylor gained possession
for the Huskies in the penalty area and his shot from 10 yards out upped the
Northern lead to 5-2. The Bearcats would not go away, however, and a shot from
the right side 10 minutes later cut it to 5-3. Somers gave the Portage squad
an insurance goal two minutes later, connecting on a penalty kick for the final
6-3 score. Northern outshot the Bearcats, 20-8.
Northern Defeats Kalamazoo Central, 2-1
The Huskies maintained their lead in conference play with a
2-1 victory over Kalamazoo Central on September 11, coming from behind to overcome
the determined Maroon Giants.
Kalamazoo Central opened the scoring, connecting on a rebound
six minutes into the game as the Huskies came out flat, two days after their
hard-fought overtime win over rival Portage Central. The score remained 1-0
for most of the opening half until An Nguyen tied it at the 31:00 minute mark
converting a crossing pass from Casey Higgason.
Twelve minutes into the second half, the Maroon Giants were
called for a foul in the box and Higgason buried his shot right under the cross
bar for the final 2-1 margin. Northern outshot the Kalamazoo team, 14-6, and
had five corner kicks to two for Central. The Huskies were called for nine fouls
and the Maroon Giants were whistled for 10.
Huskies Defeat Portage Central, 2-1
September 9, 2008
Senior Heath Somers sent the home crowd home happy when he
drilled a shot from 12 yards out with 1:13 left in overtime, giving the Portage
Northern Varsity soccer team a 2-1 victory over cross town rival Portage Central.
It was the Huskies third straight one-goal victory over the Mustangs in the
past two seasons.
Senior Sean Hurley stole the ball from a Mustang player just
outside the Husky 18-yard line and sent a pass to fellow senior Casey Higgason
near midfield. Higgason sent a perfect ball into space on the right side and
Somers, who just missed the game winner late in the second half when he belted
a ball off the post, beat a PC defender for the ball and beat the keeper top
shelf, sending the Husky faithful into victory celebration.
The winners outshot the Mustangs, 7-5 , including a 4-2 advantage
in the second half. Somer's game-winner was the only shot on goal in the nine-minute
overtime. The Mustangs held a 1-0 halftime advantage on a J.D. Meyer goal seven
minutes into the contest. Northern's Jake McKinney tied the game in the second
minute of the second half on a left-footed shot in the middle of penalty area
after Hurley stole the ball near midfield and sent it to Somers, who delivered
it to McKinney near the 18-yard line.
Twice in the second half the Huskies thought they had broken
the 1-1 tie with apparent goals, but the scores were waved off both times. Higgason
beat the Mustang defenders around the left corner and along the goal line and
found the far side, but the goal was not counted because of an offside call.
With five minutes remaining in the second half of regulation,
the Husky's Aaron Dewberry found the back of the net, but a foul was called
on Northern to nullify the score. The Central squad came close in the second
stanza with seven minutes remaining, but Husky keeper Jeremy Krueger knocked
the ball out by the left post.
The Huskies, defending champions of the Southwest Michigan
Athletic Conference, could still meet the Mustangs in the conference tournament
as well as a possible match-up in the state districts.
The Huskies, after two straight ties, up their record to 4-2-3,
with both losses coming in the Portage Invitational 3 for 1 Tournament on August
The team plays Kalamazoo Central on Thursday (Sept. 11) and
East Kentwood, the defending state champion in Division 1, on Saturday (Sept.
13). Both games are home contests.
Huskies Tie Vicksburg, 1-1
September 6, 2008
Northern and Vicksburg battled to a 1-1 tie on September 6
in a rare Saturday evening game on the turf at Vicksburg Stadium.
The Bulldogs scored first, just two minutes into the contest.
Northern's Sean Hurley found the back of the net to tie it at the 17:00 mark
of the first half, belting in a shot from 30 yards out after a Husky corner
kick. Northern dominated possession throughout the game, but could not score
The Huskies outshot the Bulldogs, 12-3, but the Vicksburg defense
was content to continually kick the ball deep and pack 8 players in or near
the penalty area, frustrating the Husky attackers, as Northern had to settle
for its third tie in the last four games.
In 100 minutes of play, including 20 minutes of overtime, the
Bulldogs had only one shot on goal over the last 97 minutes after getting two
shots in the first three minutes of the game. The strong Husky defensive effort
was led by Kevin Branam, Kevin Myers, Sean Hurley, Will Hawkins and Wil Granaderos.
The tie gave the Huskies a 3-2-3 record after eight games.
Huskies, Wildcats Battle to 2-2 Tie in Downpour
September 4, 2008
Rain, Rain go away! The Huskies of Portage Northern battled
Mattawan to a 2-2 tie in a downpour on Thursday in Northern's home opener. The
Huskies led, 1-0, on Heath Somers' 25-yard left-footed blast in the first half
before the rains came late in the opening stanza and continued through the rest
of the contest.
Northern outshot the Wildcats in the opening half, 11-2, and
headed into intermission with its 1-0 lead. The second half featured a lot of
sloppy play in the rain and once Mattawan tied it at 2-2 on a corner kick, the
Huskies continued to pressure the Wildcat goal, but could not get the game-winner.
Huskies Down South Haven, 4-0
September 2, 2008
The Huskies made a successful road trip to South Haven on the
first day of school on September 2, returning to Portage with a 4-0 victory
and a 26-4 advantage in shots on goal.
The Rams held off the Huskies for most of the first half, but
Casey Higgason found the back of the net from 15 yards out with four minutes
left in the opening period for a 1-0 lead heading into intermission. The Portage
squad turned up the heat in the second half, storming the South Haven keeper
with 16 shots and three goals.
At the 28:00 mark, Ian Taylor launched a corner kick into the
box and Kevin Branam knocked it behind the goalie to make it 2-0. Billy Cremeans
then delivered a perfect ball to Colin Greichunos eight minutes later and the
junior's shot upped the margin to 3-0. Branam just missed another score, hitting
the post at the 19:00 minute mark. Jake McKinney closed the scoring late in
the half, after a pass from Cody Cattell.
Huskies Tie West Ottawa, 1-1
August 26, 2008
Portage Northern traveled to Holland on August 26 and came
away with a 1-1 tie with the West Ottawa Panthers. The Huskies scored first,
with Casey Higgason connecting after a pass from Ian Taylor. After the Panthers
tied the game, neither team could break the deadlock in the overtime.
Late in regulation, the Panthers had a chance for the lead,
but Husky keeper Jeremy Krueger came well out of the net to turn away the breakaway
chance. Northern outshot West Ottawa, 8-4.
Huskies Win One, Lose 2 in Portage Invitational
August 23, 2008
Northern had trouble defending opponents' direct kicks, losing
two out of three games in the Portage Three for One Invitational on August 23
as the Huskies record fell to 2-2-0 for the young season.
In the opening contest, Caledonia beat the Huskies, 2-0, scoring
4 minutes into the game and taking a 1-0 halftime advantage. Late in the half,
the score was almost tied when the Huskies' Aaron Dewberry ripped a rocket off
the upper post on the right side from 15 yards out.
The Portage squad outshot Caledonia, 12-7, but could not beat
the Scots' keeper. The Caledonia team scored at the 36:00 mark of the second
half to complete the scoring, hitting from 18 yards out on a direct kick.
In the second game, in the second minute, Husky keeper Jeremy
Krueger robbed a Hornet forward from close range, but Saline scored twice later
in the opening half on long direct kicks to take a 2-0 lead, outshooting the
Huskies in the opening stanza, 5-0. The Huskies came roaring back after intermission
with three goals to take a 3-2 victory, despite the Hornets' 7-3 shots-on-goal
edge for the game.
Billy Cremeans stole a Saline pass at the 33:00 mark and beat
the keeper cleanly from eight yards out to close the margin to 2-1. Five minutes
later, An Nguyen stole a Hornet pass in the penalty area and found the back
of the net to tie the score. Late in the half, defender Will Hawkins stole the
ball near midfield and broke in on the Hornet keeper and scored the winning
tally from 10 yards out.
Game # 3
In the final game, Forest Hills Central took a 2-0 lead at
the intermission and controlled most of the contest for a 3-0 victory. The Huskies
outshot the Rangers, 10-9, with most of Northern's shots coming late in the
game when the outcome was already decided. The Rangers scored twice within a
four minute span late in the first half and connected off a corner kick in the
Northern Opens Season with 6-0 Win over Norrix
August 21, 2008
The Portage Northern men's soccer team opened the 2008 season
by scoring three goals in each half in a 6-0 victory over Loy Norrix.
In the 5th minute of the opening half, Billy Cremeans sent
a corner kick to Casey Higgason, who fed it to Cody Cattell, who beat the Norrix
keeper cleanly to open the scoring. A minute later, Higgason collected another
assist, this time connecting with Heath Somers, who made it 2-0. Somers found
the back of the net again at the 8:00 minute mark on a pass from Cremeans.
In the second half, Cremeans stole the ball and chipped it
over the goalie for a 4-0 advantage in the fourth minute. Higgason connected
on a penalty kick two minutes later and Cattell closed the scoring with three
minutes remaining for the final 6-0 count. The Huskies outshot the Knights,
GAME SCHEDULES AVAILABLE ON highschoolsports.net
The game schedule is available
in a printable pdf file, and these games are included in the calendar
too. Listen to your coaches for any news of schedule changes. Changes will be
noted at highschoolsports.net
before they'll show up in the .pdf file above.
Please share this information with any new players who may be
interested. Also, please let Andy know of any email addresses to be added to
his list (including both new player candidates, and if you've changed yours
since last year) so you can get new news as soon as it's available.
PN SOCCER BOOSTERS
Officers for Spring 2008 and Fall 2008-
Boosters Meeting Schedule and Minutes-
The boosters meet at 7:00 p.m. in the PN Media Center or the Cafeteria
on days to be determined. To see minutes of meetings already held, click on
a date below-