By: John Raffel
Millington soccer team falls to Durand
DURAND — The Millington Cardinals girls varsity soccer team opened the 2019 season with a 1-0 loss to Durand earlier this month. The Railroaders (4-2) scored the game's only goal with 17:57 left to play in the second half, then held on from there to secure the win over the Cardinals (0-1).
"Overall we played a solid game," Millington coach Andrew Selich said. "Defensively we played really well. Durand is a veteran team with nine senior starters, and we did a great job of limiting their offensive chances throughout the game. And when we needed her to make a key save, Hannah Bees came up big."
Bees, a sophomore goalkeeper, finished the evening with 14 saves, including several of the goal-saving variety. On the defensive end, the starting back four of Arial Lansford (22 blocks), Emma Hoard (12 blocks), Kennedy Gamet (21 blocks) and Madison Mohr (14 blocks) worked hard the whole game on forcing Durand into shots from 18-20 yards out, most of which ended up sailing over or wide of the posts. Senior Defensive Center Midfielder Rebekah Williams led the Cardinal defense with nine steals and 17 blocks.
Freshman Vanessa Selich led the Cardinal offense with three shots on goal.