Cassopolis slips past Brandywine 1-0Published 8:55am Tuesday, October 13, 2009
CASSOPOLIS – The third time was not a charm for the Brandywine soccer team against Cassopolis Monday night.
The Bobcats were hoping that they could finally break through against the Rangers in a Lakeland Conference consolation match.
But instead, the Rangers scored their third one-goal victory over Brandywine.
Brendan Westrick scored 17 seconds into the second half and Cassopolis was able to make it stand up for a 1-0 victory.
After stealing the ball from a Brandywine player right after the first half kickoff, Westrick dribbled down the left side, commencing his run in his own half. He beat four defenders before curling a beautiful kick 5-yards inside the penalty box that hit the far post and bounced in.
The match was close with both teams having a few close chances. The Cassopolis defense was able to contain the Brandywine breakaway attacks.
Agust Olafsson was stellar on defense for the Rangers, repeatedly thwarting the Brandywine assault. Cassopolis goalie John Simpson worked well with his defenders to preserve the shutout.
Tony Jones and Blaise Suseland were solid in the middle and aggressively fought for every lose ball thereby giving the Rangers important possession in the midfield.
Brandywine came close to scoring a couple of times in the last 10 minutes when it pressed relentlessly to get the equalizer.
Brandywine juniors, Jacob Wieger and David Dykema both had outstanding games. Wieger and Matt Liebetrau both had great shooting opportunities but both placed their shots over the crossbar.
The Bobcats co-captain and goalie, Jason Andrews made great saves throughout the match and often spearheaded Brandywine’s attack with his booming kicks.
Cass goes on the road to play Coloma on Wednesday while the Bobcats host Lake Michigan Catholic.