COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The boys soccer state tournament kicked off last night with district action and both Coldwater and Quincy won their matches at home to advance to tomorrow’s semi-finals. In Division Two, Coldwater shutout Marshall 2-0. Nooh Aljabaly got the Cardinals on the scoreboard first about 15 minutes into the game, with his goal assisted by Scout Case. With about 20 minutes left in the game, Mohamed Aljabaly scored an unassisted goal for the final margin. The Cardinals, who were Honorable Mention in the final Coaches Association Division Two poll, outshot Marshall 10-7 on the night, with Ian Wright making 7 saves in goal. The Coldwater victory improved their record to 15-4. Tomorrow, the Cardinals play Vicksburg in the semi-finals with a 7 pm match at Gull Lake. The other semi-final at 5 pm will feature Battle Creek Central, who beat Harper Creek 5-0, and Gull Lake, who beat Plainwell in a double overtime shootout Monday.
In Division Four at Quincy, the Orioles posted an 8-0 mercy rule win over Bellevue. It was a quick start for Quincy, which is hosting the district tournament this week. The Orioles got two quick goals by Jake Rider, with both scores on assists from Nick Haberl. Then at the 35:35 mark, Evan Alrbright headed the ball in off a throw-in from Rider. Ten minutes later Andy Parrrish scored off a corner kick that hit off the keeper to give Quincy a 4-0 lead. Albright then scored his second goal on an assist from Rider as Quincy took a 5-0 half time lead. The second half saw more of the same as Albright scored his third goal of the game off a cross from Tanner Parshall at the 39:08 mark. Quincy came right back at the 36 minute mark with Rider scoring again off a cross from Parrish. The final goal of the match came at 23:24 as Jared Hammill scored off a pass from Daniel Ojeda to give Quincy the 8-0 mercy. The Orioles improved their record to 15-3-1 on the year and will play Calhoun Christian in the opening semi-final game Wednesday afternoon at 3pm. In the other semi-final set for 5 o’clock, Jackson Christian takes on Hillsdale Academy.
In volleyball, it was Parents-Seniors night at Coldwater where the Lady Cardinals defeated Kalamazoo Central in a five game match. Kenzie Galloway had a team-high 22 kills while Meghan Schorfhaar had 13 digs and 24 assists. Karissa Harrell and Schorfhaar each had 3 aces while Morgan Klein, who is coming back from ACL surgery, was also able to contribute with 3 serves. The win improved Coldwater’s record to 15-13-and-8 and tomorrow night, they host Sturgis.
The Lady Cardinals won both of the reserve matches against Kalamazoo Central. In the j-v action, they beat the Maroon Giants 2-1. Shelby Kahler had 16 digs and 4 aces. Naomi Blansit had 3 kills, Breanna Eddy had 4 blocks, and Kyleigh Scheidler had 4 assists. And Coldwater took the freshman match 2-0. Carly Howell had 3 kills and 5 assists. Cassidy Wolff added 5 assists along with 3 aces. Allison Butler also had 3 aces.
On today’s high school schedule, in volleyball, it’s a Branch County Big 8 matchup with Union City at Quincy. And in cross country, Quincy hosts Union City and the rest of the conference in a Big 8 Jamboree. Quincy has been without a course for the past 3 years due to the construction of the new soccer complex which was built over their previous cross country start finish area and the program is putting out the thanks to all of the parents, the current and past runners and local businesses for their hard work that made the new course possible. Also today, Bronson runs in the St. Joe Valley League meet at Centreville.
Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Quincy football coach Rob Evans.
In middle school sports, in volleyball, the Bronson eighth grade team was a 6-0 winner at home over Battle Creek St. Philip with 26 aces for Adyson Lasky along with 17 kills and 3 blocks for Kiana Mayer.