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Coldwater and Quincy both win big in boys soccer, three homecoming football games around the county tonight

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, in boys soccer, it was a slow start but strong finish for Coldwater on the road with an 8-0 mercy rule win at Pennfield. The Cardinals took almost 30 minutes before they scored their first goal, but then found their rhythm and led 4-0 at the half. The mercy rule ending to the game came with 12:27 to play. Nooh Aljabaly had 4 goals on the night, while Mohamed Aljabaly had 1 goal and 2 assists. Also scoring single goals were Wageeh Saeed, Andrew Barnes, and Bassam Ahmed. Saleh Mousa had 3 assists, while Scout Case had 2 assists, and Sean Delaney one. Ian Wright was in goal for the first half, but never faced a shot. Sean Delaney made 2 saves in goal in the second half, as Coldwater outshot Pennfield 24-2. With the win, the Cardinals improved their record to 10-and-2. They'll host Tecumseh in another non-conference match-up tomorrow afternoon at 2 pm with the JV game at noon.

In yesterday’s j-v game at Pennfield, the Cardinals led 5-0 at halftime and finished with a 10-0 victory. It was Coldwater’s eighth shutout of the season. The Cardinals outshot the Panthers 31-0. Essa Mohsen led the scoring with 3 goals, followed by 2 goals apiece from Haroon Aljabaly and Kaid Saleh. Adding single goals were Rodrigo Sanchez, Ethan Machida and Cameron Barnes. The record for the j-v squad is now 9-0-and-1.

Also in soccer last night, Quincy made it 9 straight wins with a 5-0 victory at Jackson Christian.  The Orioles first goal of the night came at the 35 minute mark with Jake Rider scoring from 20 yards out on a cross from Evan Albright. The same combination produced Quincy's second goal two minutes later as Rider scored on a through pass from Albright and the half ended with the Orioles on top 2-0. The second half saw Quincy score at the 27 minute mark as Edgar Castro found the net off a chested ball from Nick Haberl.  The Orioles then took a 4-0 lead as Michael Ferrin scored at the 20 minute mark on a pass back assist from Trenton Burrell that careened off a Jackson Christian defender. The final goal of the night came from Albright as he scored at the 4 minute mark off an assist from Haberl to finish off the Quincy 5-0 ISL Conference victory. The Orioles outshot the Royals 14-3 to improve their record to 5-1 in league play and 11-and-2 overall. Quincy’s next match is tomorrow at Adrian at noon.  

Yesterday in girls golf, Coldwater's traveled to the Island Hills golf course for the Sturgis Invitational and the Lady Cardinals earned a 3rd place finish out of the 8 teams in the match.  St. Joseph took first place with a 354 score, followed by Battle Creek Lakeview at 378 and then Coldwater with a 407. Leading the way for the Lady Cards was Jami Maxson with a 93, Emma Dwyer shot a 104, Kaitlyn Vella and Madison Zinn each had a 105, and Cecelia Ward rounded out Coldwater's scoring with a 112. Coldwater travels back to Island Hills tomorrow for the second SMAC League meet of the season.

In volleyball Thursday, Union City was a 3-0 winner at home over Parma Western. Before the match, members of the volleyball team from Concord came onto the court in a show of support for their Big 8 Conference rival in response to the fire Tuesday in which the family of Union City player Marissa Mead lost their house and all their belongings. The Concord girls raised $300 after learning of the blaze and presented it last night with a card to Marissa. In the match against Parma Western, Mead led her team with 31 digs. Rachel Wing had 15 kills and 3 blocks. In the j-v match, Parma Western beat Union City 2-1. 

It’s Week Five of the high school football season and for Branch County this year, that means a trio of homecoming games on tonight’s schedule including Coldwater taking on long time arch-rival Sturgis in a SMAC East encounter at Cardinal Field. It’s the 98th and possibly last meeting between the Cardinals and Trojans because Coldwater is leaving the SMAC and beginning next fall will compete in the newly formed Interstate Eight Conference. We’ll have tonight’s contest on the radio with the kickoff at seven o’clock and our live coverage on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 beginning with the pre-game show at 6:30. The other homecoming matchups in the county have Quincy hosting Athens and Union City facing off against Springport. Elsewhere, it’s Bronson at Mendon and in 8-man football, Tekonsha hosts Litchfield. 

In junior varsity football, Coldwater beat Sturgis 24-6. Sturgis won the freshman game 21-14.

Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater football coach Jeff Schorfhaar.

In middle school sports, in volleyball, Coldwater played at home against Gull Lake. In the eighth grade “B” match, the Lady Cards beat Gull Lake 3-0. Abby Licht connected on a team-high 10 serves followed by 9 from Madison Fougerousse, who also led the team in passing. And Coldwater swept the seventh grade matches, winning both 3-0. In the “A” match, Anna Tappenden made 14 serves with 4 aces while Tyler Scheid led in kills with five. And for the “B” team Whitney Ohm was the leading server with 15 points.