September 17, 2013

AuSable's tricky week off to good start

CLINTONVILLE — Six days removed from losing multiple impact players to injury, AuSable Valley girls’ soccer coach Bruce Bourgeois began looking for new players to emerge and contribute. 

He found them Monday.

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Vanessa Garrow and Jeanna Manning recorded their first-career goals at the varsity level as the Patriots (3-1) defeated Peru in Northern Soccer League play, 2-0.

“This was a great win,” Bourgeois said. “We said all along we could beat anybody, but we have to play the right way. We’re finally coming together, we’re passing the ball well, we’re playing great defense, we’re moving the ball and we’re getting the shots off.

“I’m very pleased with how our team did against a very strong Peru team. I played soccer with (coach) Tommy (Harrigan), so we’ve got a little bit of a friendly rivalry, which is kind of cool.”

AuSable Valley opened the scoring with just 9:08 gone in the first half.

Senior halfback Rachel Knapp floated a direct kick past the Indians’ defense to Garrow’s right foot. Garrow buried the one-time feed to put the Patriots up 1-0.

“It was amazing to actually score my first-career goal,” Garrow said. “I saw the ball and everybody was like, ‘shoot it.’ So I kicked it in. I watched the ball go in because I wanted to see my first goal in action, so it was pretty cool.”

AuSable Valley managed a one-goal lead with both teams exiting the pitch for halftime.

After each team traded back-to-back shots off the crossbar to open the second half, Manning received a cross from teammate Hillary Drake and sent home a shot by the near-side post at 14:46.

“I had a girl on my backside, and she was shoving me around,” Manning said. “I was out by the sideline, and they passed it to Hillary. I saw that she was going to cross it, so I darted in toward the corner post. I happened to be there at the right time.”

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