By Ben Murphy
It took a change in venue, but the Clare varsity girl’s soccer team finally got its season underway, falling to host Gladwin 2-0 on Friday, April 19.
“We got a game in and we’re thrilled,” Clare head coach Joe Zavaglia said of the contest that was originally schedule to be played in Clare. “I’m happy with the girls, they did what they were supposed to do we just have to do it a little better.”
Neither team scored early on in the Northern Michigan Soccer League contest, as temperatures stood near freezing and snowflakes battered the field most of the night.
Gladwin’s Heather Govitz booted in the first goal of the game on a penalty kick with five minutes to play in the first half, with the Flying G’s adding a Karmin Leos goal on an assist by Govitz with 12 minutes to play in the second half.
“This was a total team victory,” Gladwin head coach Jerome Smalley said. “Every player did her job with excellent skill. The weather was tough on both teams.”
Corrine Wezensky made 16 saves in goal to help the Pioneers stay in the game.
“Wezensky was fantastic,” Zavaglia said. “She was special tonight.”
Clare (0-1 overall, 0-1 NMSL) hosts Roscommon tonight (Friday) and hosts Lakeview on Monday.