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Anchor Bay has stingy way of playing soccer

Anchor Bay has stingy way of playing soccer

Does Scrooge McDuck have any daughters?

If the historically stingy Disney character does, chances are they would play soccer for Anchor Bay High School.

Coach Kevin Grammens' squad has allowed just five goals in the past 13 games.

That is Scrooge McDuck's kind of soccer.

Playing in the rugged MAC Red Division, the Tars gave up just five goals in league play.

Anchor Bay finished first in the division. It was the school's first MAC Red championship.

The Tars clinched the championship with a 4-0 victory over Grosse Pointe South on Monday, May 20.

Megan Buchan scored just 32 seconds into the game. Lauren Kelly scored twice and Isabella Hunter provided the final tally on a restart. Hunter, Buchan and Kaylah Joyce had assists.

"I am very proud of this team," said Grammens. "We gave up six goals in the first four games, and just five in the past 13. The team kept its belief in the process and not the outcomes.

"This team shows integrity, mental and physical toughness, a relentless effort and positive energy and a selflessness that is beyond belief," continued the Anchor Bay coach.

That sort of play will have to continue if Anchor Bay's season is going to continue.

The Tars, who finished 7-0-3 in the division and are 11-1-6 overall, have a Division 1 district semifinal game against host Dakota at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday.

The Dakota Cougars came in second in the MAC Red with a 7-2-1 record.

During the regular season, the teams played twice; they tied 2-2 at Dakota and Anchor Bay edged the Cougars 2-1 at home.

Dakota led 2-0 in the first game before the Tars came back to knot the score.

"It will be a great game," said Grammens. "Dakota is a good team and we look forward to playing them again."

In their district openers, Anchor Bay dispatched Port Huron, 8-0 and Dakota edged MAC White co-champ L'Anse Creuse North, 2-1.

"I love this team. There is no drama. There is no blaming. There is no complaining. They believe in what we do. They are so coachable. This is a special group," said Grammens.

There's a special group of seniors on the roster. They are Ally Gaunt, Carlie Barone, Karina Arnold, Peyton Hodgson, Hannah Bautel and Hunter.

Gaunt is the team's outstanding goalkeeper. She has 11 shutouts this season and 41 in her three-year career at Anchor Bay.

"Ally did not play high school soccer as a freshman. If she had, she would be higher up on the record board," said her coach.

In the second game of the doubleheader at Dakota on Wednesday, Chippewa Valley and L'Anse Creuse square off. Game time is 7.

The survivors of the semifinal matches will meet Friday, at 5:30 p.m., at Dakota.

"We don't talk about goals," said Grammens. "We talk about legacies. What kind of legacy do they want to leave?"

How about a Scrooge McDuck legacy? A very, very stingy legacy. It should be a very, very good game Wednesday.

 

  • By Jim Evans jevans@medianewsgroup.com jimevanssports on Twitter