For the first time in program history, the Coldwater Cardinals have made it to the boys soccer final four. Coldwater won their Regional final Saturday 1-0 over Lakeshore from Marshall High School. The lone goal came in the 29th minute as a long shot from senior Tyler Kooi slipped through the hands of Lakeshore goalkeeper Oli Carmody.
The Lancers upped the pressure in the second half and ended up with six corner kicks in the match, but they couldn’t get by junior goalkeeper Balal Nasser, who recorded his fourth postseason shutout with an unofficial tally of seven saves.
“He’s gotta be one of the best in the state right now,” said Coldwater coach Ken Delaney of Nasser. “He keeps us in games. And just great team defense that we’re playing right now too, everybody knows their role and does their job.”
The school-record for wins in a season continues to grow as Coldwater advances, putting them to 22-3-1 on the season. Lakeshore finishes their campaign at 15-10-1.
“Even games that we’ve been down, we never give up,” said Delaney. “It’s a good decision making team and we’re very, very quick.”
Ranked seventh in the final Division 2 Coaches Association poll, Coldwater is the highest ranked team in the final four and will meet the next best remaining, #8 Holland, in Wednesday’s semifinal.
“I saw them last year in the Regionals when they were there. They’ve got speed too, they’ve got a couple of really good attacking players up top. It’s gonna be tough,” said Delaney.
Coldwater faces Holland Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the semifinal from Portage Northern High School. The other Division 2 semifinal features Farmington Hills Harrison against East Lansing. Listen back to Saturday’s Regional final below:
The seventh-ranked Coldwater Cardinals and Lakeshore Lancers won their Regional semifinal soccer matches Thursday at Marshall High School, propelling them to Saturday’s Regional Final at 6 p.m., which can be heard live via the Slocum Sports Network. Coldwater upset top-ranked and previous unbeaten Dexter 2-0, while Lakeshore won 2-1 in overtime against ninth-ranked Plainwell.
Coldwater and Dexter played fairly even in a scoreless first half. 59 seconds into the second half, a Coldwater corner kick found Mohamed Nagi for only the third goal surrendered all season by Dexter. The Cardinals limited Dexter’s chances the rest of the way and sealed the victory with 6:44 remaining as the other Nagi brother, Nasser, found the back of the net. Cardinal goalkeeper Balal Nasser unofficially made five saves.
Coldwater is into the Regional final for the first time in program history, improving to 21-3-1 on the season. Dexter ends the year at 21-1-0 and their loss means that none of the teams ranked #1 between the four MHSAA divisions will make it to the final eight. Of the six teams left in Division 2 following Thursday’s games, Coldwater holds the highest Coaches Association ranking at #7.
In the other semifinal, Lakeshore took the lead on a Riley Aukerman goal with 25:41 to go in the first half. Lakeshore controlled the rest of the first half, although Plainwell came out firing in the second half. A stellar diving save from Lancer sophomore goalkeeper Oli Carmody denied a Luke Morrell penalty kick midway through the second.
Eventually, the Trojan pressure was too much and they got the equalizer with 16:46 remaining when a long boot from Zakary Termeer found Morrell in the box for Luke’s 40th goal of the season. Lakeshore used a corner kick in the first two minutes of overtime to reclaim the lead, put in by freshman forward Mikey Tibbitts. The Lancers held on for the final 18 minutes to book their first final eight appearance since 1995. Lakeshore moves to 15-9-1 on the season while Plainwell ends 18-4-3.
Coldwater and Lakeshore face off Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Regional final at Marshall High School and you can listen live on the Slocum Sports Network. The winner advances to the semifinal Wednesday at Portage Northern against #8 Holland. Listen back to Thursday’s games below:
COLDWATER VS DEXTER
LAKESHORE VS PLAINWELL
Listen live online Thursday on the Slocum Sports Network to the boys soccer Regional #5 semifinals from Marshall High School. The first contest at 5 p.m. features the ninth-ranked Plainwell Trojans against the Lakeshore Lancers. The second match at 7 p.m. has the top-ranked Dexter Dreadnaughts facing the seventh-ranked Coldwater Cardinals.
#9 Plainwell is in the Regional round for the fourth consecutive season and are hoping to get beyond the Regional final for the first time in that stretch. At 18-3-3, the Wolverine Conference champions defeated Hastings (3-1), Otsego (3-2), and #20 Gull Lake (2-1) in the District round. Plainwell’s deepest run was a Division 3 state championship for coach Garry Snyder back in 2000. Their last Regional championship was in 2009.
Lakeshore is in the Regional round for the first time since 2008. The Lancers are 14-9-1 with District victories against Vicksburg (8-0), St. Joseph (2-1), and Edwardsburg (4-2). Lakeshore’s deepest run was in 1990 when they were Class B co-state champions with Mason. They also were runner-up in 1991 and 1989.
#7 Coldwater is in the Regional round for the first time in program history. They’ve also set a school record for wins this season, entering the Regional at 20-3-3. They downed Jackson Northwest (7-0), Mason (2-0), and #6 Marshall (3-2 in OT) to claim their District title. The victory over Marshall avenged two earlier regular season losses against the Redhawks.
Dexter is in the Regional round for the second consecutive year and enter as the #1 ranked team in the final Division 2 Coaches Association poll. The ranking is well-earned, as the Dreadnaughts are unbeaten at 21-0-0. The closest anyone has come to beating them was Ypsilanti, who tied them 3-3 in a game which Ypsilanti later had to forfeit. In the rest of their games, Dexter has allowed only two goals. They defeated Adrian (3-0) and #13 Tecumseh (3-0) in their District matches. They were D2 state champs in 2006 under coach Scott Forrester and were runner-up in 2007 and 2008.
Among these four teams, only Coldwater and Plainwell have met this season. Coldwater won their season opening meeting 3-1 in Portage. One week later in East Lansing, the Trojans were 4-2 victors.
Listen live online to Thursday’s semifinals on the Slocum Sports Network from Marshall High School. Plainwell and Lakeshore meet at 5 p.m. with Dexter and Coldwater set for around 7 p.m. You can also listen to Saturday’s Regional championship from Marshall at 6 p.m.
The seventh-ranked Coldwater Cardinals defeated the sixth-ranked Marshall Redhawks 3-2 Saturday in overtime for the District 19 boys soccer championship. It is the first ever district title for Coldwater, flipping the script from last season with Marshall. In 2016, Coldwater won twice in the regular season, only for the Redhawks to win in the postseason. This year, the Cardinals took the district match, despite losing twice in the regular season.
Coldwater scored the opening goal after 10:15 of play with Mohamed Nagi scoring on an assist from Jon Brownell. 94 seconds before halftime, the Redhawks found Brett Swaton off a corner kick to even it up. The game stayed locked at 1-1 until 5:05 remained in the second half.
The Cardinals took the lead on a penalty kick, set up after Marshall goalkeeper Jack Vezmar earned a yellow card on a foul in the box. Ahmed Saied put the PK to the his left post by Brandon Face to put Coldwater ahead. However, the Redhawks tied the contest with 57 seconds remaining. Someone for Marshall was able to tap it just in after a wild exchange at the goal line, including a collision for Coldwater keeper Balal Nasser. After a delay and arguments from both sides, the goal stood and the game went into overtime at 2-2.
With 5:19 left in the second overtime period, Coldwater scored what would be the game winning goal. A Nasser Nagi shot hit the post, deflecting to Nasser’s brother Mohamed for his second goal of the game and ninth of the season.
Both Coldwater and Marshall’s overall record moves to 20-3-1 following the match. Coldwater finishes with a home record of 10-0-1. It was the final match for Redhawk seniors Brandon Face, Reed Shivley, Ashton DeLong, Trace Reincke, and Ben Woodworth. Coldwater advances to the Regional Semifinal at Marshall Tuesday at 7 p.m. against top-ranked and unbeaten Dexter. Check back later to the Slocum Sports Network Sunday evening to see if we’ll be broadcasting that Regional.
Listen back to Saturday’s match below:
Listen live online Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to the MHSAA District 19 boys soccer championship with the Coldwater Cardinals hosting the Marshall Redhawks. The winner advances to the Regional Semifinal round at Marshall Tuesday against either top-ranked Dexter or 13th-ranked Tecumseh.
This will be the third meeting this year between Marshall and Coldwater with the previous two both hosted and won 2-1 by the Redhawks. The first meeting came on August 31 and the second meeting was October 12 in the Interstate 8 Conference Gold Cup championship. Last season, Coldwater won twice in the regular season, only for Marshall to grab a 2-1 overtime win in the district semifinal.
Marshall, ranked sixth in the final Division 2 Coaches Association poll, moved to 20-2-1 overall following their district tournament wins over Western (2-1) and Charlotte (6-0). They are the defending district champions, getting knocked out by eventual state champion Mattawan in the Regional Semifinal last season.
Coldwater, seventh in the Division 2 poll, is 19-3-1 following wins over Jackson Northwest (7-0) and Mason (2-0). On their home field, they are 9-0-1, the lone draw coming against Mattawan. Despite numerous winning seasons recently, the Cardinals haven’t won a district championship in the 21st century.
Listen live to Saturday’s match online on the Slocum Sports Network with kickoff scheduled for 11 a.m. at Coldwater High School.
The Coldwater Cardinals grabbed a road sweep at Marshall Wednesday, defeating the Redhawks 25-7, 26-24, 25-23. Coldwater had a balanced attack, led unofficially with 11 kills from Tyler Scheid. Malorie Rzepka had eight, followed by Jasmine Wellet with seven. Mackenzie Benham topped Marshall with seven.
Coldwater dominated the first set and held firm throughout a fairly back-and-forth second set. Marshall rallied from a seven-point hole in the third to even it at 23-23, but ultimately the Cardinals survived to take the first match of Interstate 8 Conference play.
Coldwater moves to 15-2-2 overall and Marshall drops to 15-11. The Redhawks return to action next Wednesday at Parma Western, with Coldwater heading to Portage Northern Saturday. Listen back to Wednesday’s match below:
Listen live online Wednesday evening on the Slocum Sports Network to high school volleyball as the Marshall Redhawks host the Coldwater Cardinals. Last season, Coldwater won their regular season match (3-0) and Interstate 8 tournament match (2-0) against Marshall. Two seasons ago, the Redhawks won all three meetings against the Cardinals.
It’s the first I-8 league match for both teams, although both hold non-conference tournament wins over league foes. Marshall knocked off longtime district nemesis Harper Creek last week in the Portage Central mini tournament. The Redhawks went 6-0 and won the Mason Invitational Saturday, pushing them to 15-10 overall. Last week’s Class B poll from Michigan High School Volleyball Insider has Marshall ranked 5th, while the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association poll places Marshall 6th.
Coldwater is 14-2-2 overall and listed as a “team to watch” in the loaded Class A field. Three weeks ago, they took second in the massive Cereal City tournament, only losing to top-ten ranked Bedford in the gold bracket final. The Cardinals return four All-Region selections from 2016, while Marshall brings back two.
Listen live online to Wednesday’s match on the Slocum Sports Network with first serve scheduled for 6:30 p.m.. pending the earlier JV match.
The Comstock and Coldwater High School baseball teams split a doubleheader Tuesday at Comstock, with the visiting Cardinals taking game one 10-3 and the hosting Colts grabbing game two 8-3 after six innings.
In game one, Coldwater jumped ahead immediately with five runs off three hits, two walks, and an error in the first inning. The Cardinals added two more in the second, one in the third, and another two in the fourth. Comstock’s runs came in the first and seventh innings. Coldwater starting pitcher Austin Spray allowed one run and five hits over three innings, followed by two innings of relief by both Cam Barnes and Alex Everett. Offensively, Spray had two hits and three RBI. Lucas Santure added two runs, two hits and an RBI with another two runs, a hit and two RBI by Barnes.
Comstock starting pitcher Kyle Moore only pitched one inning, allowing five runs. Eric Miller relieved him, allowing five runs over four innings, followed by two shutout innings from Jared Plane. TJ Reilly went 3-3 with a double.
In the second game, both teams scored once in the first inning, In the bottom of the second, the Colts exploded with seven runs thanks to three hits, four walks, and a few errors. Coldwater got two more runs in the fourth inning, but no more, as the game ended after six innings due to impending darkness. Comstock pitcher Shane Easter went all six innings, striking out 13 batters while allowing two hits and three runs. All eight Colt runs came from a different player.
Coldwater starter Hunter St. Clair pitched an inning and two-thirds, allowing all eight runs, three hits, and six walks. Mitchell Duda and Santure pitched the remainder of the game with one hit and no runs allowed.
The Comstock win puts coach Rich Bailey at 499 career wins and moves the team to 3-1 on the young season. They return to action at home against Hopkins Friday. Coldwater sits at 4-3 and hosts Marshall Thursday.
Listen back to Tuesday’s games below:
Listen live Tuesday at 4 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to high school baseball with the Comstock Colts hosting the Coldwater Cardinals.
Comstock enters the spring campaign ranked tenth-best in Division 3 and hold an early 2-0 record. Entering the doubleheader, Colts head coach Rich Bailey sits at 498 career victories and could reach the milestone of 500 with a sweep.
Coldwater enters at 3-2, unranked in Division 2 despite holding the top spot prior to their season-ending regional loss to Niles. Coldwater hosted a doubleheader with Comstock one year ago with the Cardinals winning 4-0 and 9-8.