First-round success sends squads on to semifinals

BAY CITY, MI – A look at the high school girls soccer scene in the MLive Bay City coverage area for May 24, 2023. Bay City area coaches are asked to submit results, highlights and comments the night of each event by emailing [email protected].


After a seven-year postseason dryspell, John Glenn is moving on in tourney play.

The Bobcats outbattled Alpena for a tense 3-2 victory in the opening round of the Division 2 districts, their first playoff victory since 2016. That sends Glenn on to the district semifinals to face Bay City Western at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Glenn (11-7) roared to a 3-0 first-half lead against Alpena but had to stand tall down the stretch as the Wildcats clawed to within one goal.

“Alpena played with determination in the second half and chipped away at the lead,” Glenn coach Matt Kraft said. “But (we) showed some maturity by regaining control of possession and chances and grinded out the rest of the clock.”

Ella Wallaker scored a pair of goals for Glenn, including a nifty left-footed shot from 20 yards out that started the scoring. Wallaker also had a corner kick that Carli Johnson converted into the second goal of the game. Paige Obermiller set up Wallaker’s next goal that made it 3-0 just before halftime.

But there was work left to be done, and the Bobcats finished the job. Piper Cluckey registered 15 saves in goal, with Bella Snyder delivering a strong performance at wingback.

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Olivia Aguirre of the Essexville Garber girls soccer team for 2023.


Standish-Sterling kept things interesting with No. 9-ranked Essexville Garber.

But the Dukes found a new gear in the second half and pulled away for an 8-1 victory in their opening-round Division 3 district clash.

Olivia Aguirre scored two goals while Aushlund Roznowski, Rylee Jatczak, Ella Betzold, Madison Humphries and Avery Nearman each had one for Garber (17-4-1), which hosts Ogemaw Heights at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the district semifinal.

Ciara Kelly, Jatczak, Betzold and Aguirre each tallied assists in the win.

Standish-Sterling hung tough, trailing just 2-0 at the half.

“We put up an awesome fight,” Standish-Sterling coach Kacey Bentley said. “I’m proud of the way we finished the season.”

Analeis Ming scored the lone goal for the Panthers (5-15-2) off an assist from Renae Bentley. Lydia Arbuckle registered 15 saves.

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Kylie McGrath of the Unionville-Sebewaing girls soccer team for 2023.


There was no easing into postseason play for the Unionville-Sebewaing/Cass City cooperative team, as tournament intensity kicked in right from the start.

The Patriots stood tall for a 2-1 victory over Birch Run in the Division 3 district quarterfinal.

Kylie McGrath and Bailey Fick each scored a goal for USA in the victory. McGrath and Dalanni Greenfield each tallied assists. Kayla Eremia and Olivia Krueger each delivered nine defensive stops while Sara Mecomber turned back 20 shots on goal.

“It was such a team effort and the coaches couldn’t be happier with how they stuck in the game and fought for this win,” USA coach Aaron Kuhl said.

USA (11-4-2) hosts Frankenmuth at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the district semifinal.

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Bay City Central advanced to the second round in unexpected fashion, drawing a forfeit from Saginaw United in the Division 1 district opener.

The win moves Central (8-11) into the district semifinal at Midland at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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