Portage Central picked up a statement soccer victory Monday, defeating SMAC rival Mattawan 5-1. It’s the most dominant win for the Mustangs over the Wildcats in some time, as recent meetings had been decided by one or two goals.
The scoring started just over two minutes in thanks to a Alana Hague corner kick, re-directed into the net by Jaclynn Sibley for her first of three goals. Portage Central went up 2-0 in the 22nd minute on a Sarah Bergman goal, followed by Sibley’s second goal in the 35th minute for a 3-0 advantage.
Mattawan regained some momentum before halftime as Jenna Bussott tallied their lone score in the 38th minute. Despite the 3-1 first half, overall shots were even at 9-9 going into the break. However, the Mustangs controlled the chances 9-3 in the second half.
Sibley’s third goal came in the 50th minute, then freshman Lexi Lee scored in the 64th minute. Abby Areaux unofficially made eight saves in the victory. Mattawan’s Emma Gariepy turned away 12.
The Wildcats drop to 2-1 overall and 1-1 within SMAC play. They have a tough week ahead with a trip to St. Joseph Wednesday and Loy Norrix Friday.
Portage Central improves to 3-2-1 for the year and 2-0 in league action. Up next, the Mustangs travel to Kalamazoo Central Wednesday, followed by a trip to Niles Friday.