Petoskey keeps clean slate in BNC with win over TC Central | Sports
TRAVERSE CITY – Petoskey head coach Zach Jonker looked forward to the time he had his full squad back on the field.
As most teams went through at the start, tight contact and quarantine times have knocked out some of his Petoskey players.
But on Thursday, when the Northmen traveled to Traverse City Central for a Big North Conference game, a near-complete group showed what kind of team they can be after beating the Trojans 4-1.
“It’s always nice to get a win in TC,” said Jonker. “That was our first full 80-minute performance of the season and it’s a really nice result to build on. I look forward to seeing this group evolve. “
Petoskey’s offensive was reinforced by Hayley Flynn just over a week ago, and it was reinforced again on Thursday when Kate Farley made a full comeback in her second game of the season.
Both Flynn and Farley scored two points that night.
“This was only Kate’s second game of the season and we eased it against Elk Rapids on Friday,” said Jonker. “She made a big spark not only with her goal, but also with her persistent ball that won in midfield.”
Farley started the first half for Petoskey with support from Dana Cole in the 10th minute. Then Farley Flynn set up for the second goal of the game and scored the 2-0 at halftime.
In the second half, the two were back, with Flynn scoring the first goal in an outlier with the support of Audrey Corey.
Farley then took an assist from Emma Flynn and finished the game 4-1 on five.
Not only did Jonker have his most important offensive pieces back, but he was very happy with the play from Corey and others at the back end. He helped keep goalkeepers Haley Dixon and Grayson Guy free of shots throughout the night.
“Corey and Caroline Guy at our central defenders kept the backline extremely tight in front of Haley Dixon (1st) and Grayson Guy (2nd),” said Jonker. “We had some really nice set-ups from back to front and I think we are on the right track.”
Dixon and Guy each scored half a hit rate to share the BNC victory.
Petoskey, now 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the Great North, will be welcomed to rival Gaylord at Northmen Stadium on Tuesday 4th May. The Blue Devils also opened the season in the BNC with 5: 3: 1 and 2: 0.
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