2018-06-07 / Sports

Chargers capture soccer district crown

By Lamont Lenar


The Valley Lutheran girls’ soccer team advanced to the district final and defeated Bath 3-2 for the title. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar The Valley Lutheran girls’ soccer team advanced to the district final and defeated Bath 3-2 for the title. Photo by Lamont Lenar The Valley Lutheran girls’ soccer team advanced to the district final with wins over Saginaw Arts and Sciences 9-0 and Laingsburg 2-1 last week. In the title game on Saturday, June 2, the Chargers defeated Bath 3-2 to move onto the Division 4 regional tournament.

In the district final, Valley Lutheran controlled the ball early, scoring just over 10 minutes into the match with Kaitlyn Hale finding the net for the 1-0 lead.

The Bath defense then slowly took over, controlling the midfield and keeping Valley Lutheran from getting into its end, while keeping the ball in the Chargers’ defensive end.

The Fighting Bees tied up the match two minutes later at 27:01, and then took the 2-1 lead with another score at 9:35.

In the second half, Valley Lutheran began to dominate play, with its defense keeping the ball out of its end and the offense now breaking through to get shots on the Bath goal.


Lizzie Trent intercepts the ball for Valley Lutheran as Bath tries to advance down the field in the district final on June 2. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Lizzie Trent intercepts the ball for Valley Lutheran as Bath tries to advance down the field in the district final on June 2. Photo by Lamont Lenar The Chargers tied the game at 23:06 with Hale scoring again, then took the lead on a score from Sarah Hornbacher for the 3-2 win.

Valley Lutheran coach Doug Guenther said “They didn’t feel sharp in the first half. The girls themselves weren’t happy with their play in that half.”

“In the second half, we got back to how we play, and stepped up. We become more aggressive,” Guenther said.



The Valley Lutheran girls’ soccer team celebrates its win over Bath in the district final on June 2. The Valley Lutheran girls’ soccer team celebrates its win over Bath in the district final on June 2.

Kaitlyn Hale draws the ball around the Bath defenders to score for Valley Lutheran in the district final June 2. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Kaitlyn Hale draws the ball around the Bath defenders to score for Valley Lutheran in the district final June 2. Photo by Lamont Lenar

Kaitlyn Hale drives in for a shot in Valley Lutheran’s district final win over Bath on June 2. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Kaitlyn Hale drives in for a shot in Valley Lutheran’s district final win over Bath on June 2. Photo by Lamont Lenar

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