A solid Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Prep varsity girls soccer team with more action under its belt early on this season visited Sturgis Thursday and logged a 4-2 non-league victory.
The Irish held a 2-1 halftime lead after Katelynn Mounce found the back of the net less than three minutes into the match and Savannah Madden added a goal near the midway point of the half. Sturgis’ Emma Boland scored on an assist by Sage Groves with 26:36 remaining in the opening half.
Hackett came out strong in the second half with another goal by Mounce 90 seconds in, and she would add a third goal 15 minutes later for a 4-1 advantage. Meg Scheske found some daylight for Sturgis to shorten the deficit (again assisted by Groves) with a minute left, but it wouldn’t be enough for the Trojans, who slipped to 1-1 for the year.
Hackett, which had four corner kicks and nine shots on goal, improved to 2-0-2. Irish keepers Natalie Toweson had five saves and Erin Canning had three.
Sturgis registered 10 shots on goal. Brookelyn Wheeler stopped three shots for the Trojans and Rylee Wanamaker had two saves.
“Great effort overall,” Sturgis coach Tom Summerfield said. “We are still getting up to speed in coordinating those efforts as a team. Many positives to take away and build on as we continue to improve.”