Clinton girls dominate Bronson in season opener


CLINTON — Five different Clinton female football student-athletes scored as the Redwolves opened the season with a dominating non-conference 10-0 win over Bronson on Thursday.

The Redwolves were far too deep and athletic for the Vikings as they dominated the game, holding Bronson to a shot on goal in the final second of the game while applying consistent pressure down the other end.

“We were looking for girls to own and move the ball,” head coach Marla Erickson said. “We were reminding them to spread out, use the field and use each other. Once we did that, they started performing.”

Sophomore Paige Shankland scored Clinton’s first goal of the season as she found herself deep in the end zone after Bronson stopped a shot, but was unable to retrieve the ball and throw it.

Shankland collected the ball directly on the goal line and tapped it at 4:05 of the game.

Madalyn Freitas, two-time reigning Lenawee County Football Player of the Year, then began to find her game.

The senior, who entered the season as the county’s all-time leader in goals scored at 125, scored five goals to open the season and take his tally to 130.

With his five goals, Freitas moves from 26th all-time in MHSAA history to 19th.

“They all played against and it was hard to get used to at first,” Freitas said. “We had to find a way around them and once we did, we started accumulating them.”

Freitas scored the Redwolves’ second goal of the game on a pass from junior Cassie McNatt at 12:29. Five and a half minutes later, she scored again from a free kick to make it 3-0.

Sophomore Anna Schaffner created a turnover on an inbounds and ripped a shot to make it 4-0 at 21:52 and a minute later it was Freitas who got the No. 3 as she finished point-blank as Clinton was creating a lot of traffic. in front of the net.

Less than a minute later, rookie Aubrey Lauer scored the first of his two goals on his college debut before Freitas scored the No. 4 that day as she blasted her way through the defense Vikings 30 seconds later.

McNatt scored a goal to go along with his assist after playing with a Bronson defender and getting a shot wide open at 28:50.

Freitas scored another goal at 29:13 before playing the last 10 minutes of the first half. Lauer added a final goal with 10 minutes remaining.

Senior Rachel Duford got the start in net but didn’t see a shot.

Sophomore Alissa Duford faced a shot into the net as she made the save in the final second of the game.

The match did not continue in the second half due to the eight-goal halfway rule.

The Redwolves aren’t back in action for another regular season game until Tuesday, April 12.

Tecumseh 3, Temperance Bedford 1: In Tecumseh, Tecumseh opened the season with a solid win by eliminating the Kicking Mules in a Southeastern Conference crossover game.

Shaylinn Drouillard opened the scoring for Tecumseh with a 22nd-minute goal as Chesney Wilke found her on the break with a trick pass between the legs of a defender.

Later in the first half, Wilke had another great pass, this time to Kylie Trevino who tripped and scored from a penalty.

Joscelyn Yape gave Tecumseh a 3-0 half-time lead as she scored from a corner.


Oregon Clay 11, Tecumseh 4: In Oregon, Ohio, Tecumseh dropped his first game after playing hard for the first half of the game.

Tecumseh trailed 6-3 at halftime but were up 5-1 in the second half.


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