Manistee Football defeats Mason County Central

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MANISTEE — After a tight losing streak against Muskegon Western Michigan Christian, Muskegon Orchard View and Reed City, the Chippewas beat Mason County Central, 6-0, on Monday afternoon.

Manistee came out and looked good on Parents Night as six different players found the back of the net. In the first half, Mariah Bialik opened the fight with a goal from 20 yards out.

“We recognized our athletes’ parents for their support and how much we appreciate them,” said Manistee coach Kathy Smith. “We’ve done it before.”

From there, Allison Kelley and Kate Somsel took advantage of well-taken penalty kicks, leaving the Chips with a 3-0 lead entering the locker room.


Emma Bevans scored to start the second half before Libby McCarthy and Abby Robinson scored their own goals.

Kelley and McCarthy had assists for Manistee, while Bailey Gajewski and Piper Eskridge helped complete the shutout.

Smith said the Chippewas attacked well throughout the game, created scoring opportunities and looked to move the ball forward.

“We had a great home win and a lot of girls were involved in the goalscoring column,” she said. “It was a great team effort game. We’re still working to finish in the final third. They had quite a bad back in defense which made it harder to find the gaps we worked on, but the girls did a great job of being patient with the ball.

“I felt like our composure and patience helped us open things up.”

She added that Manistee’s defense remained a force to stop MCC’s attempts to score early.

“We do a good job working together,” Smith said. “We try not to allow them to pass, and they’ve watched how they approach it. If one presses the ball, the others are in good supporting positions. So it’s been good, and the communication is going as well. It’s been really remarkable.”

The Chips are scheduled to take on Muskegon Catholic Central on Wednesday, April 27 at 6 p.m.

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