Plymouth scored a last-minute goal to defeat Saline 1-0 in varsity soccer action at Hornet Stadium Friday night.
Zoe Foster received a pass from Madi Lewis and kicked a 25-yarder past emergency goalie Caitlin Ellis to give Plymouth the win over Saline (2-3)
Saline coach Dana Restrick said she was proud of the way her team battled through adversity.
The Hornets, already shorthanded four girls, lost starting goalie Hanna Sheth after she was kicked in the head In the first half.
Senior forward Caitlin Ellis was inserted in goal and performed admirably, Restrick said.
With the wind at their backs and the sleet in the eyes of the Plymouth team, the Hornets controlled play for most of the first half. Still, it was Plymouth who generated the most dangerous scoring opportunities, including two or three from point-blank range midway through the half.
Saline failed to harness the wind, Restrick said.
“The wind didn’t help our offense much. We kept trying to get balls through and it would go to the keeper or go out of bounds,” Restrick said.
Saline didn’t generate many opportunities in the second half. The Hornet game plan was focused on stopping Madi Lewis, one of the top forwards in the state.
“We had a game plan to make sure she didn’t get a lot of looks and I thought our defense played tremendously,” Restrick said. “I’m proud of the team. We played one of the better teams in the state with one of our forwards in goal and they needed a goal in the last minute to win.”
The Hornets return to action Tuesday at Ypsilanti High School. The Hornets should have their full roster available for the game.