COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, the Coldwater boy’s soccer team advanced to the Division 2 District Final with a 3-to-1 win at home over Sturgis. It was the Cardinal’s third victory this season over the Trojans, improving their record to 16-and-4 and putting them into their first ever district final. Nooh Aljabaly started the scoring 12 minutes into the game, with the assist from Jon Odren. Mohamed Aljabaly then gave Coldwater a 2-to-0 lead with 22 minutes left in the half on a penalty kick, which also saw Sturgis have to play the rest of the game a man down, after their player was ejected. Lightning caused the game to be delayed for almost an hour just before halftime. Sturgis got on the board midway through the second half, but Mohamed Aljabaly sealed the victory with just under 15 minutes left in the game with the final goal of the night, assisted by Zakria Haggagi. For Mohamed, it was his 24th goal of the season. For the night, Coldwater outshot Sturgis 16-to-8. Ian Wright made 2 saves in goal. The Cardinals will faceMarshallSaturday morning at 10 am in the district final. Marshall topped Vicksburg 2-to-1 last night in the other semi-final at Coldwater High.
Also in state tournament soccer, Quincy’s season came to an end with a 4-to-0 district semi-final loss at Lansing Christian, the top-ranked Division Four team in the state. The Oriole’s fell behind 3-to-0 at halftime but they held their own in the second half, playing them even until there was only 1:05 left in the match when Christian scored their final goal.Quincy finished with a 16-4-and-2 record and a second place finish in the West Division of the Independent Soccer League.
Last night in volleyball, Coldwater wrapped up SMAC East play on the season with a 3-to-1 victory at Sturgis The host Trojans won the first game 28-30 before the Lady Cardinals took the next three, 25-16,25-17,25-17. BreeAnn Spangler had 13 kills while Spangler and Paige Holicki shared team high honors in digs with 18 apiece. Lauren Outwater led the way in blocks with 8 while Janie Marso had 31 assists. Coldwater finished second in the division with a 6-and-1 record with their only loss coming to SMAC East champion Gull Lake, the top-ranked Class-A team in the state. The Lady Cardinal’s overall record is 33-6-and-2 with their next meet coming up Saturday at home with the Cardinal Invitational.
There was a split in last night’s reserve action at Sturgis. The Trojans won the j-v match 2-to-1. Hailey Reincke and Mina Wellet had 4 kills apiece. Carlee Smoker had 8 assists. And Neely Heckman had 12 digs. The j-v record is 29-10-and-1. And Coldwater won the freshman match 2-to-0. Gaby Milnes had 7 kills, Stacy Guzy had 6 assists and Kendall Galloway 6 digs as the freshmen improved their record to 20-7-and-4.
Week Nine on the football schedule with the end of the regular season kicks off tonight with j-v and freshman games. Coldwater is at home with a j-v game at 5 o’clock against Lowell followed by the Cardinal freshman team hosting Sturgis at 7 o’clock.
Also in j-v action, Quincy hosts Michigan Center, Bronson is at Bath, and Union City hosts East Jackson. Also on the high school schedule tonight, there’s volleyball with Quincy hosting Centreville.
In middle school sports, Coldwater finished its season at home againstGullLake. In the eighth grade contests, Gull Lake won the “A” Match 2-to-0. Hannah Parrish led on the serving line with 8 points and added 5 kills. Coldwater won the “B” match 2-to-1. Heather Neitzka led the way in serve points with 10. The seventh grade “A” team finished with an undefeated record of 20-0-and-1 after beatingGullLake3-to-0. Isabella Foley had 9 aces, Carly Duke had 9 serving points, Allison Adams had 3 digs and Drue Mullin had 3 kills. Coldwater won the “B” match 2-to-1. Helen Blansit led the team in serving points with 6 while Addison Harvey and Madison Fougerousse had 3 kills apiece.