Northern High School
Coach: Andy Fuehr
Varsity Coach: Pat Tetreault
Assistant: Matt Brown
Coach: Erin Carlson
News (Updated 10-Jul-2007)
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CALLING ALL PN SOCCER ALUMNI
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2007 District Champions and Regional
Congratulations Huskies on Post Season Honors-
All State 2nd team: Sam Kowalisyn and Anna Stinson
All State honorable mention: Anna Caplis
All Region: Anna Caplis, Sam Kowalisyn, and Anna
All District: Sarah Bouali, Anna Caplis, Sam Kowalisyn,
Mary McCarthy, Megan Hayes, Andrea Jones, Jillian Karrick, and Anna Stinson
All Conference: Sarah Bouali, Anna Caplis, Sam
Kowalisyn, and Anna Stinson, with Honorable Mention to Mary McCarthy, Andrea
Jones, Sam Pace, and Jillian Karrick
MVP: Anna Caplis and Sam Kowalisyn
Most Improved: Jillian Karrick
4-Year Letter Winners: Anna Caplis and Sam Kowalisyn
3-Year Letter Winners: Sarah Bouali and Mary McCarthy
To see the complete list of postseason honors, click
Congratulations also for earning "All-Academic" with
a team GPA of 3.65, one of the highest in the state and well above the 3.3 required
for recognition. Individual All-Academic honors go to Carolyn Brown, Anna Caplis,
and Sam Kowalisyn. Way to go Huskies!
Special thanks to Joe Caplis and Larry McClish for writing varsity and JV game
summaries. This was much appreciated by those who couldn't attend every game.
Dexter Ends Strong Run by Huskies
Portage Northern's season came to an end Friday evening at the hands of #3
ranked Dexter, who scored twice in the first half and once more in the second.
The Huskies controlled the ball most of the time in the second half, but could
not find the back of the net, and the final score was 3-0. Congratulations go
out to Dexter on a very well-played match, and congratulations to our Huskies
on a great season and many great memories parents and fans will keep for a long
time. A final record of 17-5-3 represents a lot of good soccer. Have a great
Huskies Win OT Thriller Over Trojans (Tues
Portage Northern defeated Plainwell 1-0 in the regional semifinal when Anna
Stinson scored in the last minute of overtime. Stinson, who had been double-teamed
all evening, broke free along the left touch line and carried the ball up near
the goal line against a single defender before she got inside, faked out two
more defenders, and put a quick shot past the Plainwell keeper before more defensive
help arrived. Although Northern controlled play during the overtime, Plainwell
fought hard and strong during regulation, and their scrappy play had fans wondering
who was going to score first. Jillian Karrick notched the shutout with good
help again from the defense despite facing numerous corner kicks in both halves
and a bright sun in the second half. Congratulations Huskies, and good luck
Friday against Dexter.
Portage Northern Defeats Marshall 4-1 (Sat
In what hopefully does not become a habit, the Huskies again gave
up an early goal before settling down and going on to win the District Championship
4-1. After the slow start, the first Husky goal came in the 10th minute when
Carolyn Brown made a nice shot after receiving the ball from Anna Stinson. Then
in the 28th minute, Stinson finished a Samantha Kowalisyn restart and it was
2-1 at halftime. In the second half, Kowalisyn made a very impressive volley
of a long cross from Stinson to make it 3-1. The final Husky goal was Stinson's
second of the evening, as she brought the ball a long way up the right side,
and then got inside the defense and shot strongly before the defense recovered.
The Huskies played excellent team defense including the back line of Anna Caplis,
Mary McCarthy, Andrea Jones, and Melissa Scafaria, with Megan Hayes, Carolyn
Brown, Krista Clancy, Cassie Vandersloot, and Rachel Meyer, in front of them.
Congratulations Huskies, and good luck Tuesday!
Huskies Advance to District Final (Thurs
Portage Northern spotted Gull Lake a goal in the opening minutes, and then
went on to score four of their own while shutting down the potent Gull Lake
offense. Fans were treated to an exciting semifinal victory just before the
seniors hustled off the field to get to graduation on time. Husky goals game
from Carolyn Brown, Samantha Kowalisyn (twice), and Anna Stinson, with assists
from Stinson and Cassie VanderSloot. The District Final is set for Saturday
at 6:00 against Marshall. Go Huskies!
Huskies Win District Opener (Tues May 29)
Portage Northern defeated Battle Creek Lakeview 3-1 to advance to the District
Semifinal for a rematch against Gull Lake. The first half was scoreless despite
good play by both teams. The Huskies continued to create some good opportunities
in the second half, and the first conversion came when Carolyn Brown brought
the ball deep up the right side and served a beautiful cross to Sarah Bouali
just outside the far post. Bouali dropped the ball perfectly to Samantha Kowalisyn
who blasted one from short range that the Lakeview keeper had no chance at.
Shortly later, Anna Stinson tallied the first of her two goals on a well-placed
25 yard shot after some nifty dribbling. When Stinson scored again, assisted
by Kowalisyn, it might have looked like a comfortable lead, but Lakeview scored
to make it 3-1, and notice was served that Northern would have to play hard
the rest of the way, which to their credit they did. Game time Thursday is 3:30
and everyone knows there is serious business to do before anyone can think too
much about graduation! Go Seniors!! Go Huskies!!
Northern and Hackett Battle to a Draw (Fri
It was déjà vu all over again as Northern and Hackett tie 1-1 for the second
straight year. The scoring began in the first half when Hackett put a nice shot
into the Husky net as Julie Hamilton finished a quick pass from Emily Benoit.
Shortly afterward, a direct kick was assessed against Hackett. Samantha Kowalisyn
put the ball into the top right corner to deadlock the game.
Samantha Kowalisyn sends a direct
kick into the net from over 30 yards out
The second half was a defensive struggle with the Husky defense playing a great
game. Jillian Karrick made a number of tremendous saves to preserve the tie.
Great game Jillian! Tuesday begins district play as our Huskies take on Battle
Creek-Lakeview. See you there!
In the early match, the JV squad played a strong game but came up just short,
losing 1-0. After using the first six games to find their groove, the JV went
10-3-1 over the last 14 games to finish the season 10-8-2. Congratulations on
a winning season!!
Northern beats Vicksburg 5-0 (Wed May 23)
It didn't take long to get back on the winning track. We played a very good
game against Vicksburg. The passing was excellent and the defense outstanding.
The game was scoreless for the first 20 minutes. Vicksburg committed a foul
in the box and Samantha Kowalisyn sent the penalty kick past the keeper for
the games first score. The pk acted like a catalyst, Northern scored three more
goals in the next ten minutes. Anna Stinson finished a cross from Natalie McClish;
Samantha Kowalisyn finished a pass from Anna Stinson and Meg Harris finished
a ball from Samantha Kowalisyn. Halftime score 4-0 Northern.
Samantha Kowalisyn blows by a Vicksburg
Ella Lozon, Carolyn Hawkins, Kelly
Wilkinson and Krista Clancy race on to a ball sent to the front of the
The second half was dominated by the Huskies. The highlight was a goal by Kelly
Wilkinson with the assist going to Natalie McClish. Special kudos to Samantha
Kowalisyn who has scored four goals in the last two games and to the defense
which racked up another shutout.
Some representatives of the Sophomore
class on the 2007 Varsity Squad include: Kelli Hart, Melissa Scafaria,
Andrea Jones, Krista Clancy, Megan Hayes, Sam Pace and Rachel Meyer
The JV Lady Huskies bounced back from Monday's contest in fine fashion with
a 3-1 victory at Vicksburg on Wednesday. Melissa Trebing opened the scoring
for the visitors when she hustled for a breakaway goal at the 29-minute mark.
Then, with only 2:45 remaining in the half, Erika Jansen tallied what proved
to be the game winner as she converted on a penalty kick awarded after Jessica
Belknap was fouled in the Bulldog box. Sidney Helmer pushed the Huskie lead
to 3-0 on the warm night when she maintained control of a loose ball in the
box and found the back of the Vicksburg net with 9:35 remaining in the contest.
The play originated from a well-put corner kick by Erika Jansen. As has become
the norm in most games, the defensive play of Julia Fletcher, Brooke Doherty,
Brianna Melgar, Ali Tibble, and others was outstanding, and goalkeeper Taylor
Smith came up with more big saves. With the win, Coach Pat Tetreault's contingent
is now assured of a winning season with an overall mark of 10-7-2 and one match
Central Wins SMAC Tournament (Mon May 21)
It was a hard fought contest. Unfortunately, our Huskies came out on the short
end of the score as rival Central won a 3-2 squeaker. The game was scoreless
for the first 30 minutes. Central scored at the 32-minute mark and took a 1-0
lead into halftime.
|The intensity on Mary McCarthy's face says it all
Jillian Karrick puts a big kick out
of our end
The Huskies evened the score minutes into the second half when Samantha Kowalisyn
sent a blistering shot into the goal. Central responded several minutes later
to go up 2-1. The game looked to be to be out of reach when Central scored a
third time at the 56-minute mark. However, less than one minute later Samantha
Kowalisyn took a pass from Anna Stinson and brought us to within one goal.
Anna Caplis sends it deep into Mustang
The last twenty-three minutes were extremely exciting as the Huskies pressured
the Mustangs but were unable to get the equalizer needed to send it into overtime.
The large crowd appreciated the great soccer played on both sides of the ball.
Great game Huskies!
In the Junior Varsity game, the crosstown rivalry saw the host Mustangs score
four first-half goals enroute to a 7-1 win over the Lady Huskies. Melissa Trebing
averted a shutout when she convincingly converted a nicely slotted cross from
Erika Jansen with 4:50 remaining in the contest. The loss snapped the Huskies
unbeaten streak at eight games (7-0-1). However, Northern maintains a winning
record for the season at 9-7-2 and can guarantee a winning overall record with
a victory in either of their final two games of the season.
Northern Advances to Conference Final (Wed
Northern defeated Battle Creek Lakeview 3-0 to advance to the Conference Finals
on Monday against cross-town rival Portage Central. The Huskies played well
against Lakeview and were rewarded with their eighth consecutive victory and
first shut out in six games. The scoring began late in the first half when Anna
Stinson finished a cross from Samantha Kowalisyn to give the Huskies the lead
at half time
Meg Harris awaits a corner kick from
The second half was a good one for the Huskies. At the 34 minute mark Megan
Hayes sent the ball in to Anna Stinson who put us up 2-0. Several minutes later
Samantha Kowalisyn passed to Anna Stinson who gave us a 3-0 lead. The remainder
of the second half had the Huskies continuing to pressure Lakeview. The defense
played exceptionally well with Lakeview having few scoring opportunities during
the game. The game also marked a new first for Anna Stinson who notched up her
second hat-trick in two consecutive games. Way to go Anna!
The JV Lady Huskies edged Battle Creek Lakeview, 3-2, Wednesday at Husky Field.
It was the second time in a week that the Huskies defeated the Spartans (a 2-0
win in Battle Creek last Wednesday). In Wednesday's Semifinal, the Huskies got
on the board only 40 seconds into the contest when Natalie McClish left-footed
a drive into the Lakeview net after receiving a nice pass across the box from
Kallie Strazdas. However, Lakeview knotted the score at 1-1 when a header eluded
Huskie keeper Taylor Smith with 17:44 remaining in the half. Northern regained
the lead in the second stanza when Erika Jansen's penalty kick attempt (awarded
after a Lakeview defender took away a goal with her hands as Jansen's header
was all but in the goal) hit the post and came back to an alert Sidney Helmer,
who fired home a low, hard shot with just over 30 minutes remaining on the clock
(see video). Once again, though, the visitors
tied the score with a well-placed shot high into the Huskie net at the 9:40
mark. But the Huskies were not to be denied when, less than a minute after the
Spartans scored, Melissa Trebing put home the game-winner when she chested a
beautiful cross from Kallie Strazdas, who was surrounded by three defenders.
The JV Huskies are now 7-0-1 in their last eight games enroute to a 9-6-2 overall
record. Coach Pat Tetreault's contingent will wind up their 2007 season next
week with three formidable foes...Portage Central on Monday followed by away
games at Vicksburg on Wednesday and Hackett Catholic Central on Friday.
Come support your Huskies in the renewal of the cross-town rivalry at P-Central
for the SMAC Championship on Monday. Action begins with the JV tilt at 5 p.m.
followed by the varsity clash at 6:45 p.m.
Huskies Start Tournament with Victory over Marshall (Mon May
Northern extended their win streak to seven games with a 7-1 victory over Marshall
on Monday. The scoring began around the 27-minute mark when Marshall fouled
Samantha Kowalisyn in the box. Sammy took the penalty kick and staked the Huskies
to a 1-0 lead. In the next six minutes, Northern scored two more goals with
Anna Stinson finishing a cross from Rachel Meyer, and then Kowalisyn redirecting
a pass from Sarah Bouali to the back of the net.
Andrea Jones battles a Marshall player
for the ball
The second half began where the first had finished. Sarah Bouali scored with
an assist by Krista Clancy. Anna Stinson scored the next two Husky goals with
assists by Bouali and Kelly Wilkinson. The final Husky goal was at 3:13 off
the foot of Krista Clancy with an assist by Cassie VanderSloot. Marshall avoided
the shutout when they scored with just over a minute to play. Final score 7-1
Huskies. Congratulations to Anna Stinson on her hat trick. The Huskies' record
is now 11-3-2.
Melissa Scafaria attacks a Marshall
Kelli Hart works against a Marshall
The JV game turned out to be a defensive struggle. Goalkeeper Taylor Smith
returned to the Husky lineup after a brief illness and, coupled with the defense
in front of her, shut out yet another opponent. Freshman Erika Jansen continued
to show her offensive prowess as her shot with just under 12 minutes remaining
in the first half proved to be the only goal of the game. Kallie Strazdas had
the assist after working the ball up the right side. With the 1-0 Husky victory,
the Lady Huskies improve to 8-6-2 on the season.
Northern now advances to the second round of the SMAC Conference Tournament
on Wednesday at home against Battle Creek Lakeview. Wednesday's doubleheader
begins with the JV game at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity contest at 6:45 p.m
In honor of our seniors, a special Senior Night page is
on-line (click here).
Huskies' Roll Continues Against Gull Lake
(Thurs May 10)
The win streak continued, on Senior Night,
as Gull Lake became the sixth consecutive opponent to fall to the Husky soccer
squad. As has been our custom during the streak, we got on top and were able
to hold our adversary in check. At 27:26 Cassie VanderSloot took a pass from
Sarah Bouali and beat the keeper for the games first score. Neither team was
able to score in the remainder of the first half but the Huskies were keeping
the pressure on.
Samantha Kowalisyn launches the corner
kick to the front of the Gull Lake goal
Carolyn Brown beats a Gull Lake defender
to the ball
Gull Lake made the game exciting when the tied it up at the 26 minute mark.
However the tie didn't last. Three minutes later Gull Lake was assessed a penalty
in the box. Samantha Kowalisyn drilled the PK to put us back into the lead.
Kelly Wilkinson finished a pass from Anna Stinson to put the game away at 16:12.
This was Kelly's second goal in as many games. Way to go Kelly! All in all,
it was a good effort by the team. The defense was solid, denying Gull Lake all
but a few scoring opportunities.
Huskies take a victory lap
In the early game coach Pat Tetreault's JV Huskies closed out the home portion
of their 2007 regular season with a 2-0 victory over Gull Lake, the same score
they defeated Battle Creek Lakeview 24 hours earlier. With the win, the Huskies
improved to a winning record on the season (7-6-2), which is especially impressive
after starting the campaign at 0-5-1. Following a scoreless first half, the
Huskies' Sidney Helmer fired home an attempt from 13 feet out that squeezed
just inside the right post for a 1-0 lead with 17:51 remaining in the second
half. Then, at the 6:34 mark, Erika Jansen calmly put home a penalty kick past
the Gull Lake keeper after Melissa Trebing was knocked down in the box during
a scoring attempt. The Husky defense, led by goalie Kallie Strazdas, posted
their third shutout of the week and have given up only one goal in their last
five outings during the winning streak.
Battle Creek-Lakeview falls to Huskies
(Wed May 9)
The first half of the game against Battlecreek-Lakeview was perhaps the best
half the Huskies have played all season. They were dominant in all phases of
the game. The Huskies got on top early and never looked back. At 38:40 Sam pace
took a cross from Samantha Kowalisyn and finished it beautifully for the games
first score. Shortly thereafter, Sarah Bouali finished a pass from Krista Clancy
to put us up 2-0.
Sam Pace Chases down a ball deep
in Lakeview territory
Krista Clancy takes on a Lakeview
The second half was more of a challenge. Lakeview came out strong early after
the break but the Huskies were up to the challenge. Midway through the period,
Anna Stinson beat two defenders and the Lakeview keeper to give us a three-goal
lead. Ten Minutes later, Lakeview was assessed a penalty in the box and Sam
Pace finished the penalty kick for a 4-0 lead. Late in the period Lakeview scored
from outside the eighteen on a nice shot under the bar. Kelly Wilkinson scored
on a pass from Anna Stinson for the games final tally. A great 5-1 win for the
Sam Pace blasts the PK past the goalie
After a slow start to the season the JV Lady Huskies are now at the .500 mark
(6-6-2) following an impressive 2-0 win at Battle Creek Lakeview Wednesday.
Of those six wins to date, five have been of the shutout variety. Following
a scoreless first half on Wednesday, Natalie McClish dribbled into the Spartan
box after receiving a beautiful cross from Melissa Trebing, and converted nicely
for a 1-0 Huskie lead at the 24:57 mark of the second half. The same two hooked
up again with 6:10 remaining in the match as Trebing's textbook cross found
it's way to McClish's feet as the freshman beat Lakeview's goalie with a low
shot to her right. Goalie Kallie Strazdas and the Husky defense led by Julia
Fletcher once again held a worthy opponent off the scoreboard.
The three games-in-four-day stretch for the Huskies concludes Thursday when
Gull Lake travels to Husky Field for the final home game of the regular season.
It will also be Senior Night as a special ceremony honoring the five varsity
seniors will be held between games. The JV contest is set for 5 p.m. with the
varsity matchup to follow at 6:45 p.m. Join the Huskies in saluting these fine
seniors as well as cheering on the Brown and Orange in their final tuneup before
the SMAC Tournament next week.
Thanks to Carrabbas
for the wonderful food and service!
Northern Defeats Stevensville-Lakeshore
(Mon May 7)
The final score was 2-1 in favor of our Huskies but the score was not indicative
of the dominant play by the home team. We came out strong from the beginning
with multiple opportunities to put the game away early. We got on the board
midway through the first half when Sarah Bouali sent the ball to Sam Pace who
fired a nice shot past the Lakeshore keeper.
Rachel Meyer and Cassie VanderSloot
await the corner kick from Samantha Kowalisyn. This was one of 19 corner
kicks taken against Stevensville-Lakeshore.
With the start of the second half, the Huskies had a significant wind at their
backs. Most of the play in the second half was in the Stevensville-Lakeshore
end of the field. We had multiple corner kicks during the second half and the
winning goal came off a corner kick by Anna Stinson that was headed into the
net by Sarah Bouali. The defense was solid throughout the game allowing Stevensville-Lakeshore
few scoring opportunities.
Sarah Bouali heads the ball in for
the winning goal.
The remainder of the week will be an exciting one for Huskie soccer fans. On
Wednesday the girls play highly ranked Battle Creek Lakeview at Lakeview and
on Thursday they have Gull Lake at home. Come on out!
The soccer was as nice as the weather Monday at Husky Field as Coach Pat Tetreault's
Junior Varsity remained undefeated in six out of their last seven games as they
outplayed Stevensville-Lakeshore, 4-0, in a SMAC Crossover game. The victory
raised the Lady Huskies season record to 5-6-2 with four of those "W's"
coming by the shutout route. In the game, Natalie McClish opened the scoring
for the Huskies when she picked up a loose ball and found the back of the Lakeshore
net after Carolyn Hawkins collided with the Lancer goalie and the ball squirted
away. Hawkins, Gina Schulte, and Ella Lozon were all summoned from the varsity
prior to the game after a number of players became ill. Hawkins herself made
it 2-0 in favor of the Huskies when her redirected chip shot, from McClish,
sailed high into the visitors net. Then, with 24:28 remaining in the second
half, Ella Lozon drove home a hard shot to make the score 3-0 with Gina Schulte
picking up the helper. The Huskies closed out the scoring on a picture-perfect
play as Sidney Helmer went directly to the middle of the Lakeshore box and chested
home a perfect corner kick from Natalie McClish with just under 12 minutes remaining
on the clock. Goalkeeper Kallie Strazdas and the defense were stellar again
in the win.
Next action for the Huskies is on Wednesday when they travel to Battle Creek
Lakeview for a matchup in what figures to be a stern test. The three-game in
four-day stretch concludes on Thursday when Gull Lake invades Husky Field. Action
gets underway at 5 p.m. with the JV match followed by the varsity tilt at 6:45
p.m. Thursday's game will be Senior Night so join us in saluting the Huskie
seniors for the final home game of the regular season.
PN Beats Traverse City West 2-1 (Sat May
It was a defensive struggle for much of the game. Both teams had scoring opportunities
but neither was able to capitalize. Jillian Karrick made a couple of beautiful
saves in the first half. A particularly memorable one was a diving one-hand
deflection of a ball that looked to be going inside the right post. On offense
our Huskies had several near misses with a number of balls bouncing off the
posts. Halftime score 0-0.
Sarah Bouali tracks down a ball in
front of the Traverse City goal
The game remained deadlocked until mid-way through the second period when Samantha
Kowalisyn took a nice pass from Krista Clancy and put it in the back of the
net. Six minutes later, Sarah Bouali finished a beautiful cross from Anna Stinson
to put us up 2-0 with twelve minutes to play. Traverse City made the end of
the game very interesting when they scored with about three minutes left but
our Huskies held on for the victory with more solid play by the defense..
Anna Stinson drives past a Traverse
In the early match, the JV Lady Huskies continued their recent fine play with
a 1-1 tie to Traverse City West on Husky Field. With the tie, the Huskies are
now undefeated in five out of their last six games while improving to an overall
record of 4-6-2.
In Saturday's game, Erika Jansen broke a scoreless tie when she left-footed
a drive, at the top of the box, past the Titans keeper at the 11:00 mark of
the second half for a 1-0 Husky lead. Ashley Barnum drew the assist. However,
with only 2:28 remaining in the contest, the visitors knotted the score when
they chipped a shot past goalie Taylor Smith, who was solid again between the
pipes since returning from an injury.
Three games in four days await the Brown and Orange this week beginning with
a Crossover matchup with SMAC West opponent Stevensville-Lakeshore on Monday.
Then, on Wednesday, the Huskies travel to Battle Creek Lakeview to face the
Spartans followed by a Thursday home matchup with Gull Lake. Both home games
begin with the JV contest at 5 p.m. followed by varsity at 6:45 p.m. Come out
and bring a friend and cheer on your Huskies!!
Huskies Win at Loy Norrix 2-0 (Thurs May
The Huskies came out strong in their SMAC game against Loy Norrix. The first
half was played primarily in Low Norrix's zone but we were unable to capitalize
until 5:30 when Samantha Kowalisyn put a blistering shot past the Norrix keeper
to stake PN to a 1-0 lead an the half..
Carolyn Brown sends the ball deep
into the Norrix zone
The Huskies continued to pressure Loy Norrix in the second half. However, Loy
Norrix kept the Huskies from that elusive second goal until late in the second
half. At 4:31 Cassie VanderSloot finished a pass from Kelly Wilkinson right
in front of the Norrix goal to put the game out of reach.
The team played well with an excellent performance by the defense, which racked
up their third shutout of the season.
In the early game, five different players found the back of the Loy Norrix
net Wednesday as Coach Pat Tetreault's JV's defeated the host Knights, 5-0.
This game was rescheduled from April 11th when snow forced it's cancellation.
Kallie Strazdas was moved from goalie to a forward position and made the move
work for the Huskies when she dribbled around the Norrix keeper, who lost control
of the ball from a previous shot, and scored for a 1-0 lead. The margin increased
to 2-0 Huskies when Erika Jansen dribbled around and through a number of Knight
defenders at the 15:16 mark of the first half. Natalie McClish joined the scoring
parade almost nine minutes later to make the score 3-0 Huskies at the half.
Sidney Helmer increased the lead to 4-0 with ten minutes elapsed in the second
half when she drove home a nice shot from deep in the box after receiving a
nice airborne pass from Jansen. The Huskies' Brianna Melgar tallied the final
marker of the game when she fired home a shot to the right of the goalie from
just inside the 18-yard line. Sophomore goalie Taylor Smith saw her first action
of the season, following an injury, and recorded the shutout.
Northern wins at Sturgis 6-1 (Mon Apr 30)
The Huskies got back on track with a 6-1 victory over Sturgis. The Huskies
began the scoring at 32:30 when Sarah Bouali took a pass from Megan Hayes and
finished it to put the Huskies on top. Four minutes later, Anna Stinson launched
a rocket from 35 yards out to stake the Huskies to a 2-0 lead. Northern scored
two more goals in the first half: Sarah Bouali got her second goal with an assist
by Sam Pace and Anna Stinson got her second with an assist by Samantha Kowalisyn.
Halftime score 4-1.
Cassie VanderSloot works the ball
against a Sturgis defender.
Rachel Meyer returns to the lineup
after being sidelined with an injury. Welcome back Rachel!
The second half picked up where the first half ended. Sturgis was called for
a penalty in the box and Sam Pace drilled the ball inside the right post. The
game's final tally came off a nice shot by Megan Hayes from a pass by Meg Harris.
Final score 6-1. This was one of the Huskies best games of the season. The defense
put on a fine performance limiting Sturgis to very few scoring opportunities
and the offense scored six goals. Way to go lady huskies!!!
The JV squad bounced back in fine fashion from Friday's encounter with FHC
with a solid 3-1 victory at Sturgis in a SMAC Crossover matchup. Sidney Helmer
tallied her first of two goals as she rocketed a shot off the inside of the
near post at the 25:05 mark for a 1-0 lead. She then made the count 2-0 Huskies
with about four and a half minutes remaining in the first half when she redirected
a nice cross from Erika Jansen, off her thigh, past the Sturgis goalie. The
score increased to 3-0 in the second half when Melissa Trebing connected on
a low shot, from just inside the Trojan box, after receiving a well-timed cross
from Natalie McClish. Sturgis spoiled Kallie Strazdas' bid for a shutout just
over a minute later to close out the scoring for both teams. With the victory,
the JV Lady Huskies have now won two out of their last three games.
#1 Forest Hills Central Defeats PN (Fri
The day started out tough for our Huskies. Less than one minute into the contest,
a Forest Hills player lofted a long shot from outside the eighteen that sailed
in under the crossbar. They scored again fifteen minutes later on a beautiful
cross that was drilled into the net from point blank range.
Cassie VanderSloot prepares to finish
a free kick as Sarah Bouali races in.
The Huskies played well throughout the game and had several opportunities to
make the game close but were unable to get that elusive goal. Forest Hills Central
got two more goals late in the game for the final tally of 0-4.
The score wasn't indicative of the Junior Varsity game at Husky Field Friday
night as a strong Forest Hills Central contingent defeated the Huskies, 4-0.
It didn't take the Rangers long to get on the scoreboard with just over a minute
elapsed. The visitors made it 2-0 with 17:16 remaining in the first half on
a low, hard shot. However, the Huskies continued to work hard in the second
half before the Rangers put the game away with two markers less than a minute
apart, the first off of a corner kick. The loss snapped the Huskies two-game
Huskies Defeat Bearcats (Wed Apr 26)
Battle Creek Central came to town on Wednesday and our Huskies were up to the
task. PN got on the scoreboard early when Meg Harris took a cross from Samantha
Kowalisyn for a 1-0 lead. After this goal, our scoring was fast and furious.
At 30:34 Anna Stinson took a cross from Krista Clancy to put Northern up 2-0.
In quick succession, Sarah Bouali finished a pass from Sam Pace and Meg Harris
finished a ball from Megan Hayes to make it 4-0 at the half.
Carolyn Hawkins beats a Battle Creek
The Huskies continued their domination in the second half. At 24:17 Anna Stinson
was unassisted as she drove by several Bearcat defenders and put a bullet past
the Bearcat goalkeeper. One minute later Megan Hayes, assisted by Sarah Bouali,
beat the keeper for the game's final tally.
Andrea Jones prepares to head the
ball as Ella Lozon, Kelly Wilkinson, Meg Harris and Carolyn Hawkins race
The Huskies had a great game against Battle Creek Central. Everyone on the
team contributed to the impressive victory. Go Huskies!
Gina Schulte challenges a defender
for a ball in the corner
Six different players scored on Wednesday as the junior varsity Huskies outplayed
Battle Creek Central on a chilly and windy day. Sidney Helmer opened the scoring
for the host team four minutes into the contest. Melissa Trebing made it 2-0
from 12 yards out with just over 26 minutes remaining in the half. She then
notched her second goal of the half inside the Bearcat box six minutes later
with Erika Jansen picking up the assist. Helmer then tallied her second marker
with a shot past the far post a mere 2 1/2 minutes later to build the lead to
4-0. The offensive show continued when sophomore Kelsey Peckels fired home a
rising shot at the 11:55 mark followed by a nifty Erika Jansen goal shortly
thereafter that increased the score to 6-0 at halftime. Freshman Kallie Strazdas
joined the scoring parade in the second half, with nine minutes elapsed, when
she unloaded a blast past the Battle Creek keeper. Following a Bearcat hand
ball in their own box, sophomore Julia Fletcher closed out the scoring with
a well-placed penalty kick to the left of the goalie. Strazdas and Natalie McClish
shared duty between the pipes enroute to shutting out the Cereal City visitors.
After shutting out both Kal. Central and Battle Creek Central this week, Coach
Pat Tetreault's squad concludes a busy "Central Week" on Friday when
perennial power Forest Hills Central visits Husky Field. The action gets underway
at 5:00 p.m. with the JV matchup followed by the varsity tilt at 6:45 p.m.
Northern Defeats Maroon Giants 2-1 (Mon
It was a hard fought contest but the Huskies ended up on the winning side of
the score against Kalamazoo Central. The first half was a seesaw battle although
the Huskies had the majority of the scoring opportunities. However, at the 0:27
mark of the first half Kalamazoo found the back of the net on a corner kick.
Half time score: 1-0 Kalamazoo Central.
Sam Pace, Megan Hayes
& Kelli Hart prepare to attack the goal on a free kick by Anna Stinson
In the second half, Northern got on track and raised up the intensity level.
At the 27:45 minute mark Anna Stinson took a pass from Samantha Kowalisyn and
tied the score 1-1. Three minutes later Stinson drilled a ball into the back
of the net to put the Huskies up 2-1. Northern kept up the pressure for the
remainder of the game and gave Kalamazoo Central few scoring opportunities.
Way to go Huskies!!
Sam Pace beats a Kalamazoo defender
for a scoring opportunity on a narrow goal
A busy week of three games began on the right foot Monday for the JV squad
as they notched their first win of the 2007 season, a 2-0 victory at Kalamazoo
Central. Natalie McClish opened the scoring for the Brown and Orange with a
nice direct kick with 29:06 remaining in the first half. Then, with just under
19 minutes remaining in the game, Erika Jansen drove home a hard shot from the
top of the box on an assist from McClish. It was both girls' first goals of
the season. Freshman Kallie Strazdas was stellar in goal for the Huskies, registering
the shutout. Northern controlled most of the action as evidenced by narrowly
missing several other scoring chances.
Huskies and Mattawan Battle to a 1-1 Tie
(Fri. Apr 20)
It was an absolutely gorgeous night for soccer Friday as the Huskies took
on the Mattawan Wildcats. The game began with the Huskies putting pressure on
the Mattawan defense. The first half was characterized by a lot of opportunities
for Northern but to Mattawan's credit they kept the ball out of the net. Late
in the first half, Mattawan scored as Taylor Callen made a nice shot just inside
the near post assisted by Sarah Wilsey, and Mattawan was up 1-0 at the half.
Samantha Kowalisyn puts a move on
two Mattawan defenders
The second half was all Huskies. Sarah Bouali scored at the 37:28 to knot the
score 1-1 when she headed the rebound from her own shot (that bounced off the
crossbar) convincingly in. We had multiple scoring chances, with several balls
bouncing off the crossbar and posts but were unable to get that elusive winning
goal. The Huskies had the momentum all through the second half, but the game
ended in a well-fought tie.
Portage Central Defeats Northern 2-0 (Wed.
It was cold and rainy as Northern and Central resumed their cross-town rivalry
at Husky Field. Northern came out strong but at 26:44 in the first half Central
got on the board first. The score came off a corner kick that was headed into
the back of the net by Caitlin Buckstaff. The game's final tally came off another
Gretchen Schatz corner kick midway through the first half. In the second half,
both teams played well, and both defenses were dominant with shots few and far
between. Fans were especially encouraged to see the the home team play a strong
second half against the senior-laden Mustangs. The Huskies will try and rebound
this Friday at home against Mattawan. Come on out and support the Huskies!
Anna Caplis launches the ball out
of the Huskie zone
Coach Pat Tetreault's JV Lady Huskies will attempt to break into the win column
Friday afternoon following a 2-0 loss to arch-rival Portage Central Wednesday
night. The Mustangs took a 1-0 lead into halftime on the strength of a Nicole
Himes finish. The Huskies continued a valiant battle against the more experienced
Mustangs in the second stanza although Natalie Hall's tally from a direct kick
with just over 18 minutes remaining sealed the contest for the visitors. The
Mattawan Wildcats will provide the opposition Friday at home at 5:00
Huskies go 1-1-1 at Portage/Kalamazoo 3-for-1
(Sat. Apr 14)
It was a cold and blustery day as our Huskies took on defending
State Champ Okemos, and good teams from Grand Haven and Traverse City. The Huskies
began the day looking for a little revenge with a rematch of the last year's
regional semi-final where our Huskies lost to Okemos in a shoot-out. Okemos
came out strong but our Huskies were able to keep them out of the net. We played
with increasing confidence as the game progressed and at the 24:39 minute mark
of the second half Sam Kowalisyn took a beautiful cross from Anna Stinson and
put us on top 1-0. The game was tied at the 3:21 minute mark for a final score
Sarah Bouali fights for the ball
with an Okemos defender
The Grand Haven and Traverse City games were defensive struggles.
The Huskies won the Grand Haven on goal by Sarah Bouali on a cross from Anna
Stinson. Traverse City scored twice late in the second half to take the victory.
The tournament was a great way to get back into action after Spring Break.
On Wednesday the Huskies take on cross-town rival Portage Central at home. Come
on out and support the Huskies. GO HUSKIES BEAT CENTRAL!!!
The JV Lady Huskies returned to the pitch for the first time in over two weeks
for the Portage/Kalamazoo 3-for-1 Tournament on Saturday. Amid cold conditions
at Northern's field, the Huskies were edged by a solid Okemos contingent, 1-0,
in the first game. Grand Haven then provided the opposition in Game #2 and the
Huskies came away with a 1-1 tie on the strength of a Kallie Strazdas goal following
a scoreless first half. In the third and final game of the day, Traverse City
Central took a 1-0 decision even though the Huskies displayed strong play and
stout defense. Jillian Karrick was one of the workhorses on the day for PN,
playing in goal for all three contests.
Next action for the Huskies is on Wednesday, April 18th when the battle of Portage
resumes as Portage Central comes to the home of the Huskies (JV at 5:00 p.m.,
varsity at 6:45). Get there early to avoid the traffic!
Concession Stand and
Admission Booth work schedule available on-line
Home games Wedneday April 18 and Friday April 20
Please check your assignments; players and fans are counting on you.
PN Opens Season with Victory at Plainwell
(Thurs Apr 29)
The 2007 season started on a positive note with our Huskies defeating the Plainwell
Trojans 3-1 in the season opener.
Plainwell got on the scoreboard first with a nice shot just inside the post
and under the bar at 30:41 minute mark of the first half. Our Huskies responded
with 16:32 left in the first half when Sarah Bouali took a pass from Meg Harris
and finished it to tie the score.
The second half belonged to the Huskies. Sammy Kowalisyn took a cross from
Anna Stinson and banked it in off the right post to give us the lead at 34:04.
The game was put out of reach when a penalty kick was assessed against Plainwell.
Sammy Kowalisyn beat the Plainwell keeper for the game's final tally.
Our Huskies played with increasing confidence as the game progressed, limiting
a good Plainwell team to few scoring opportunities in the second half. Congratulations
to Coach Fuehr and his staff on his first win as the Women's Head Coach at Portage
The 2007 season opener came up short for the Husky JV as host Plainwell scored
a 5-0 victory Thursday night. The Trojans scored four first-half goals, two
of those by Grace Howrigon. Plainwell added one 2nd half tally even though the
young Huskies showed improved play after the intermission and had several good
scoring chances. After enjoying Spring Break, Coach Pat Tetreault's contingent
will return to action on Wednesday, April 11th when they travel to Loy Norrix
for a 5 p.m. matchup against the Knights.
Daily Practice Schedule-
- Varsity: 3:30 - 5:30 PM
- JV: 3:30 - 5:00 PM
- Thursday May 10: Senior Night
- Friday May 25: match at Hackett (Memorial Day weekend; plan travel accordingly)
Remember Meijer Rewards for PNHS Soccer: www.meijer.com/rewards
Thanks to Joe Caplis for writing the varsity game summaries, and Larry
McClish for writing the JV summaries.
PRESEASON INFO- click here
PN SOCCER BOOSTERS
Officers for Fall 2006 and Spring 2007-
The boosters meet at 7:00 p.m. in the PN Media Center. To see
minutes of meetings already held, go to the boosters
- Thursday June 21 at 7:00 in Media Center