October 20, 2009
Purple Lions step up and tame ‘Cats
DRYDEN — With the Section 4 soccer playoffs looming, Dryden High boys made a statement Monday in their Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Large School Division regular season finale.
Stefan Christie scored on a nice header with two minutes left in regulation time to lift the Purple Lions to a 1-0 victory over previously undefeated Lansing. Dryden will head into Class B Tournament play with an 11-3 record.
Lansing’s Bobcasts will head into the IAC Overall Large School Championship game this Saturday at 13-1.
“ It is a confidence builder for us as we were short a few players due to illness,” Dryden coach Laszlo Engel said. “The rest of the guys really stepped up and did what it took to play as a team by defending together and then being opportunistic.
“The game was played mostly in midfield,” he continued. “Both teams had chances to score and both goalkeepers came up big when needed. It was a very good battle. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to score and Stefan did not miss his chance with two minutes left in the game.”
Christie redirected the ball into the side netting after taking a pass from Sean Nostrand, who headed the ball in Christie’s direction.
“Stefan hit the side netting as we practice so much,” Engel said. “For a change, the bounces went in our direction and we took advantage of it.”
Most of the action took place between the 18s with few good scoring chances. When those chances did develop, goalie Matt Cushman responded for the Purple Lions with five saves. Michael Bradford was equally reliable for the Bobcats with four saves. Each team had eight shots and Lansing earned the only corner kick of the match.
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