Saline’s varsity soccer team kicked off the post season with an 8-0 victory over a short-handed Ypsilanti team.
Anthony Sweier and Hayden Larance each scored twice for Saline. Ian Greene, Logan Dejanovich, Ryan Nichols and Cam Bacarella also scored for Saline.
The game was shortened by the mercy rule four minutes into the second half when Larance scored on the penalty kick.
“I give Ypsilanti credit. They had 12 kids. They went out there and did what they could,” Saline head coach Ryan Williams said. “In the playoffs, the important thing is you just want to get the win.”
Saline hosts Woodhaven at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the district semifinal. The winner plays in the district championship at Saline at noon Saturday.
Williams was mostly happy with Saline’s effort. He thought the team missed a few easy chances, but he liked the way the team adapted to Ypsilanti’s offside trap.
Anthony Sweier scored less than a minute into the contest. The Hornets had some tough luck for the next 10 minutes. Logan Dejanovich and Zeke Gray each hit the goal post. Another Hornet hit the crossbar.
The Hornets doubled their lead after Sweier was tackled in the box and awarded a penalty kick. Sweier unleashed a powerful shot that the goalie got his hands on but could not stop. Saline led 2-0.
Ian Greene made it 3-0 with a quick one-touch kick from just left of the box. Ryan Nichols scored on a great individual effort. He came speeding down the ride sideline, cut to the middle, past a defender and past the goalie, who’d come way out, and then he kicked it into the gaping cage.
Saline’s fifth goal was pretty for a different reason, as the Hornets played tic-tac-toe with the ball. Zeke Gray passed it up to Andrew Doran on the right wing. He wasted no time centering to Cam Bacarella, who one-touched the ball back the other way into the net.
“That’s the kind of play we want to see more of,” Williams said.
Larance scored his first goal of the night on a hard 30-yard shot that skipped through the goalie to make it 6-0.
Logan Dejanovich made it 7-0 before the half. He came speeding in from the right wing, spotted a gap between the goalie and the post and calmly deposited the ball in the net.
In the second half, Saline swarmed the Grizzly goalie. After the Ypsilanti goalie tackled Bacarella in the box, Saline was awarded the penalty kick. Williams selected Larance, who made no mistake.
Here are your Michigan Power Rodding Three Stars
- Anthony Sweier – The Saline senior set the tone with two early goals.
- Ian Greene – The Saline scored a goal and was involved in the offense whenever he was on the field.
- Logan Dejanovich – Scored a goal. Hit the post. Made a great reverse pass from the sideline to set up another chance.