COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, in boys soccer, Coldwater on Saturday improved their record to 11-and-2 with a 7-1 victory at home over Tecumseh. Nooh Aljabaly led the Cardinals with 3 goals, while Wageeh Saeed had 2, with single goals from Jesse Martinez and Mohamed Aljabably. Mohamed also had 2 assists, while picking up single assists were Sean Delaney, Fadel Said, Eric Catlin, and Scout Case. The Cardinals outshot Tecumseh 20-6, with Ian Wright making 5 saves in goal. The Coldwater JV team beat Tecumseh Saturday 5-1 to improve their record to 10-0-1.
Next up for Coldwater is tomorrow’s first round of the SMAC Gold Division league tournament and the Cardinal’s home game against Mattawan will be a matchup of ranked teams. For the first time in the history of their boys soccer program, Coldwater is ranked in the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association poll. After being Honorable Mention three times last year and once earlier this season, the Cardinals are ranked #8 this week in Division Two while Mattawan is ranked ninth with their record at 8-3-3. Tomorrow night’s match is set for around 6:45 following the j-v game which starts at five o’clock.
Also in soccer on Saturday, Quincy won its tenth straight game with a 5-1 victory at Adrian. Quincy went ahead early with Jake Rider scoring the first of his four goals on the day at the 35:43 mark as he hit the back of the net from ten yards out, off a pass from Edgar Castro. The Orioles next goal came at 29:01 as Evan Albright scored unassisted off a rebound. Rider scored his second goal at the 18:06 mark as he headed the ball in off a Nick Haberl free kick. Adrian then scored at 17:30 and Quincy took a 3-1 lead into the break. The second half saw more of the same as Rider scored his third goal on a header off another Haberl free kick at the 5:03 mark. The combination scored the last goal of the match the same way. The Orioles outshot Adrian on the day 22-6. The victory improved Quincy’s record to 12-and-2.
In girl’s golf, it was the 2nd and final round of the SMAC League meet held at the Island Hills golf course with Coldwater coming in 4th place with a team score Saturday of 389, two strokes behind Marshall. St. Joseph won the event with a 342. Coldwater came in 4th overall for the two day event with a team score of 799. St. Joseph was the SMAC League Champion with a combined score of 697. Coldwater's Anna Wendorf finished the second round with an 88 which was good enough for 3rd place. Wendorf was named to the All SMAC team with a combined total of 180 for the meet which put her in 7th place overall. Coldwater’s other scores for the second round included Jami Maxson with a 98, Cecelia Ward shot a 100, Madison Zinn had a 103, Emma Dwyer shot 106, and Kaitlyn Vella had a 118.
In cross country, Coldwater and Bronson were at the Otsego Invitational. In the Blue Division, the Coldwater boys team finished sixth, outrunning five other schools while the Lady Cardinals took 14th place. In the boy’s race, only 26 seconds separated Coldwater’s first runner, Spencer Leist, from their fifth runner, Zach Murphy, giving the Cardinals an outstanding “pack time”. Natalee Dally had the top time for the Coldwater girls. Bronson competed in the Gold Division and both the boys and girls teams placed tenth. Matt Cosby finished 14th in the boys race while Corissa Ross was 32nd in the girls race.
In junior varsity volleyball, Union City had a 0-2-and-2 record at the Bronson Invitational with 18 kills for Brenna Johnson, 11 blocks for Alexa Goss and 23 assists for Cassie Thorpe.
On today’s high school schedule, in boys soccer, Quincy has a home match against Hillsdale Academy at 5:30. Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater volleyball coach Larry Knauss.
In middle school sports, in volleyball, Bronson played Saturday at the Edwardsburg Invitational. The eighth grade team took third place with a 6-and-1 record. Adyson Lasky had 18 aces and 19 kills. The seventh grade team had an 8-and-0 record to win their tournament. Kiera Lasky had 25 aces and 16 assists and Ashton Wronikowski had 11 kills.