Saturday, April 22, 2017
Saline High School
Grandville High School
The Saline Hornets continued their winning ways at the East Kentwood Invitational on Saturday soundly defeating the Grandville Bulldogs 12 – 1. A smothering defense and strong balanced scoring highlighted the Hornets’s third game of the weekend.
Senior Maddy Murphy scored 30 seconds into the game on a pass from fellow Senior Sam Fitch. Junior Cassie Anderson then netted a natural hat trick scoring the next three goals in a row — the first after her own defensive zone steal, the second off a pass from Jen Green, and the third on a 6 on 5 assisted by Annika Olsen. Murphy picked up her second goal of the quarter after stealing the ball, spinning and firing. Sam Fitch put the Hornets ahead 6-0 on a nice pass from Gillian Cain.
Anderson found the back of the net early in the second quarter to extend the Hornets’ lead. Goalkeeper Katie Wagner made a huge save on a 6-5 to keep the Bulldogs off the board. Jen Green scored when Saline had a 6-5 later in the quarter giving Saline an 8-0 lead at the half.
Gillian Cain opened the sciring in the third quarter with an assist from Jen Green. The Bulldogs only goal of the game was scored on a 6 on 5. As the 3rd quarter was drawing to a close, Eleanor Smith passed the ball up to Annika Olsen who fired a long shot that just beat the buzzer giving Saline a 10-1 lead after three quarters of play.
Senior goalkeeper Alyssa Deal entered the game in the 4th quater and was tested immediately. Alyssa proved to be “The Real Deal” making a save 30 seconds into the quarter and stopping the Bulldogs’ 6 on 5 attempt. Deal made two point-blank saves to keep the Bulldogs from scoring in the 4th quarter. Anderson scored on a pretty skip shot and Murphy completed her hat trick with an assist from newcomer Lauren Kruse.
Anderson dominated at both ends of the pool finishing the game with five goals and six steals. Murphy had three goals and two steals. Hope Smith also had two steals. Fitch, Cain, Green, Olsen, and Eleanor Smith each contributed a steal in the strong defensive effort.