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Game Summary

8.0 months ago by Karim Amellal

CARO 6 - CAPAC 2 (4-2, 2-0)

Game Date
Oct 5, 2021

The Caro Tigers were traveling to CAPAC for their second face-off after winning the first game at home 2-1 in Caro. The roster was again reduced to 13 players due to injuries and sickness with only 2 subs on the bench.

The line up for the Tigers got improved with the comeback of the solid goalie and Sophomore Logan McGarry. The coach's instructions were to control the game by setting the tone first. Marking closely the opponents and winning the ball were the other basic skills the coach was looking for.
Also, the field conditions were mediocre with mud in certain areas of the field with bumpy soil.

First half started shaky as the Caro defense was not able to control and clear the ball which allowed the CAPAC team to score first within the first 10 minutes. The coach was unhappy with the outcome but kept encouraging his troop to get back to work with common sense and use the basics of the game. Fair enough, the response was quick when Junior and right winger Brady Rigg delivered a golden cross to Senior and center forward Blake Spencer who managed to slip the ball in between the CAPAC goalie legs to tie the game. This quick goal gave the Tigers some energy and hope which was demonstrated by Senior and Captain Adam Fisch who scored the second goal with a nice shot following the great pass from Senior Spencer. At this point of the game, both teams were giving a good fight but the hosts came on top when again, due to the fragile Caro defense, they tied the game at 2-2. The coach has seen enough and made changes to the positions in defense to reset the whole thing and have the players reflect on their mistakes. Basically, two gifts were given to the hosting team as the Tigers dominated the game. The rearranging of the positions helped tremendously as the midfield was more  controlled by Junior and Captain Marik Phillips. This allowed Captain Fisch to find Captain and Junior Tanner Smith on the right midfield position who dribbled his opponent and delivered an amazing shot which beat the CAPAC goalie who couldn't save it for a 3-2 lead. You could see the Caro team gaining confidence on the field making passes and controlling the game. Midfielder and Captain Phillips deflected the beautiful cross from Junior Rigg to find Captain and Senior Spencer who without hesitation placed the ball in the net to put his team up front with a 4-2 lead at the end of first half. Close attempt were made by Sophomore Owen Vandemark who played an amazing first half as well as shots by Captains Fisch, Smith and Philips and right winger Rigg. Goaltender McGarry made three (3) spectacular saves to keep his team in the game and keepin the lead going into the second half.

The intermission coach's speech was mixed since his players allowed two gifts to prevent goalie McGarry's possible shut out. However, the positive side of the speech was that the team responded well to the adjustments made and corrections were made to come back to the basics of soccer learned during practice.

Second half was dominated by the Tigers and the highlight of the night was when Captain Spencer received a great pass from right winger Rigg, flipped over the CAPAC goalie to avoid a collision with a 360 degree rotation to stand up again on his feet to score his 3rd goal for a "hat trick". The Caro defensive crew led by Captain Klayton Clish and Sophomore Jeremiah Anderson adjusted to deliver a better performance by winning most of the balls and marking tightly their opponents. The continuing great efforts of midfielders Phillips, Smith, Vandemark and right winger Rigg opened another opportunity for Rigg to cross another golden ball to Captain Spencer who managed to place the ball in the net after a scrimmage in the CAPAC defensive zone. With a 6-2 lead, the Tigers were cruising along with great passes and ball control. Worth noting were the stopper and Junior Ryan Will, Left defender and freshman Jacob Zbytowski,  Left winger and Junior Ethan Fellows and right defender and Junior Nate Riedel who played a solid defensive game to protect their goalie McGarry.

Goalie McGarry finished the game with a total of 8 saves with a total of 82 saves for the season after 11 games which averages to 7.45 saves per game and 2 shutouts. Senior and Captain Clish secured another shutout (0-0) against USA with 12 saves and Junior Ethan Fellows was a goal keeper against Oscoda (1-6) with 13 saves.

The MVP trophy was presented today to Captain and Senior Blake Spencer who finished with 4 goals and 1 assist playing at the center forward position. Spencer totaled 8 goals and 2 assists for the season so far which broke the 6 year record for a player scoring and assisting performance. Spencer's intensity, tenacity and fearless behavior played in his favor to be the top goal scorer for his team supported undeniably by his teammates. The great support comes from right winger Rigg who has 1 goal and 7 assists with his breakaways and golden crosses on the right side of the field. Other goal scorers worth mentioning are Phillips (2 goals, 3 assists), Smith (2 goals, 1 assist) and Fisch (2 goals, 1 assist), Patel (1 goal), Vandemark (1 assist) and goaltender McGarry (1 assist). These stats demonstrate the dynamics of the players who support each other including the defensive crew.

Next game and a half (yes 1.5 game) will be away at Lakers at 5:30 pm on Thursday October 7th to resume the home game stopped by lightenings with 1 min and 18 sec left to the first half with Caro leading 2-1 on the scoreboard followed with a 30 min second half. Then, another 2 x 30 min game will be played under the lights.











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