GRAND BLANC — Swartz Creek, 11-7-2 opened No. 15-1 district play at home on Tuesday against Carman- Ainsworth eliminating the Cavaliers, 4-0. That comes on the heels of a 7-1 win over the Cavaliers last week. It was a young Cavaliers squad that lost its top scorer from last season, Shelby Marsh, along with several others to graduation.
Swartz Creek advanced to play Grand Blanc yesterday in the semifinals at Grand Blanc.
Hunter Johnson led with two goals and one assist in the district opener, Casey Allessie and Olivia Smith had the other two goals and assists went to Hannah Jaworski, Haylee Johnson and Kerrigan Moore.
“Grand Blanc (13-2 overall, 5-5-1 Kensington Lakes Activities Association West) is the powerhouse in the area, but Creek is capable of beating anyone if they play up to their potential,” said Creek coach Steve Hockin Tuesday morning. “We have a very good team and if we play like we did against the top teams in the Flint Metro League, we will have a shot against Grand Blanc if given the opportunity.” That opportunity came in yesterday’s semis at 6:30 p.m. against the potent Grand Blanc squad that is led by Annie Walker, Alex Lowes and Ali Winterfield.
Creek’s success noted Hockin, will hinge on strong defensive play from Taylor Bowman, Meara Miller, Ally Skinner and Hannah Jaworski. Offensively, leading goal scorers Casey Allessie and Hunter Johnson will shoulder the burden.
“The team needs Lauren Lawrence to play like she has most of the year; the best player on the field,” Hockin stressed. “Lauren is one of the best players in the area and she needs to play like that for Swartz Creek to be able to knock off a team like Grand Blanc.”
On the other side of the bracket, Davison, 10-4-2, 4-2 Saginaw Valley League South, lost 2-1 against Hartland, 13-1-1. Milford and Flushing, 8-6-1, 3-1 SVL South battled for a spot in the semis with Flushing moving on 1-0. Semis are at Grand Blanc today, with the finals at 6 p.m. on Friday.