Northern High School
Coach: Chris Riker
Coach: Amy Draybuck
Assistant: Matt Brown
Coach: Michael Smith-Palmer
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The Huskies won the District Championship on Saturday by defeating Mattawan
1-0. The scoring began early when a drive by Sara Howland rebounded off the
Mattawan goalie. Krista Clancy was right there to put the ball in the net to
give our Huskies the winning goal.
Our Huskies dominated play, outshooting Mattawan 22-4. To Mattawan's credit,
they kept the score close as we were unable to get that elusive second goal.
Congratulations to both teams on an exciting contest.
We move on to the regional semi-final on Tuesday against the sixth ranked Okemos
Chieftans, winners of the Mason District. Come on out and support your Huskies
as they vie for the State Honors. The game is Tuesday June 6 at Jackson Parma
Mary McCarthy sends the ball into
Rachel Meyer delivers the throw-in
And last but not least . . .
Seniors Sara Howland, Brooke Somers,
Sarah Meyer, Kaitlin Doud, Mollie Brooks and Brittany Knue in a moment
of quiet reflection
Huskies Advance to District
|Krista Clancy takes on a Plainwell defender
||Sarah Meyer, Sarah Bouali and Samantha Pace prepare
to redirect a corner kick at the Plainwell goal
The Huskies advanced to the District Finals by defeating Plainwell
2-0. It was a closely fought contest. Our Huskies had the better and more frequent
scoring opportunities but were unable to score in the first half.
That changed at the 45:40 mark when Sara Howland sent a long ball from outside
the eighteen under the bar to stake the Huskies to a 1-0 lead. We kept the pressure
on Plainwell but were unable to score until there was less than one minute to
play. Plainwell had moved their goalie to our side of the midfield stripe in
an attempt to even the score. Sarah Bouali gained possession of the ball around
midfield and sent a long shot into the Plainwell goal to secure the victory!
The Huskies play at noon on Saturday for the District Championship against
the Mattawan Wildcats at Kalamazoo Central. Come on out and support the Huskies!!
Huskies Defeat Kalamazoo Central Maroon
Giants in District Play
Portage Northern 2 - Kalamazoo Central 0
The first half was a scoreless tie, but Sarah Meyer scored five
minutes into the second half off a corner kick from Sara Howland. That's all
the Huskies needed to move on to tonight's district semi-final match against
the Plainwell Trojans at 4 pm at Kalamazoo Central.
Sara Howland followed up her assist on Sarah Meyer's goal by putting
the ball into the back of the net 10 minutes later to insure the victory.
MHSAA District Tournament
Just a reminder that the District Tournaments begin next week.
The so called 'second season' leading to State Championships.
The Huskies begin play against the Kalamazoo Central Maroon Giants
at 8 pm on Tuesday, May 30th at Kalamazoo Central.
The late starting time is because host school K Central has scheduled
3 matches that day; 4 pm, 6 pm and our match at 8 pm.
BE THERE AND CHEER THE HUSKIES ON TO VICTORY !!!!!
Huskies and Hackett deadlock 1-1!
The meeting of two highly ranked teams ended in a 1-1 stalemate after two overtimes.
The scoring began at the 31:25 minute when Sarah Howland bent a corner kick
into the Irish goal. The Irish answered midway through the half for a 1-1 score
at the break.
The game proceeded to ebb and flow with our Huskies having the better and more
frequent scoring opportunities. However, we were unable to capitalize as Hackett
hung tough. Congratulations to both teams on a well-fought contest and good
luck to both teams as they move on to Districts.
The Districts begin on Tuesday when we meet Kalamazoo Central at Kalamazoo
Central. Come on and support the Huskies as they make their run in the tournament.
Congratulations to the Huskies on a tremendous regular season: 15-2-2 Wow!!
|Samantha Kowalisyn makes a run deep into Hackett territory
Samantha Pace beats an Irish defender
Huskies win 3-2 against Vicksburg!
In a hard fought contest the Huskies bested Vicksburg 3-2. The scoring began
midway through the first half when Samantha Pace sent a ball to Brooke Somers
who put a beautiful shot inside the left post. Vicksburg responded late in the
first half to tie the game at halftime.
The second half scoring began at the 34:40 minute mark when a nice corner kick
by Sara Howland was perfectly headed into the net by Sarah Meyer. The dynamic
Howland/Meyer duo teamed up again to give the Huskies a 3-1 lead at the 20-minute
mark. Vicksburg scored shortly thereafter for the game's final score of 3-2
|Kaitlin Doud throws the ball in to Krista Clancy as
Sarah Bouali works to get open
||Sarah Meyer puts the moves on a defender
Huskies are defeated in SMAC Championship
in double overtime!
In a game similar to the first meeting this year, Portage Central was able
to prevail against our Huskies. The game was intensely fought and undecided
until the 11th minute of the second overtime.
The scoring began around the 8th minute when Sarah Bouali headed a corner kick
by Sara Howland into the goal. Our lead held until the 62nd minute when a Central
corner kick was finished by Lindsay Peterson to tie the game at 1-1.
The game winner came from a corner kick in the second overtime that was headed
into our goal by Gretchen Schatz for the game winner. Congratulations to both
teams on yet another exciting contest, and good luck to both as Districts get
underway next week. But first for the Huskies it's Vicksburg Wednesday and Hacket
Youth Soccer Night a Resounding Success
We were presented with some of the most gifted and talented youth
soccer you would ever want to see. Tom Weissert, our very gifted booth announcer's
introduction sums it up:
"Ladies and Gentlemen -
Looks can be deceiving. What you think you see are youngsters
enjoying a informal game of soccer. What you are actually witnessing is an evolution
of the level of competitive soccer in southwestern Michigan.
It is our honor to have as our special guests this afternoon
the U-9 TKO DEVELOPMENT INDOOR TEAM
Pay attention - you will see these athletes in years to come
on this and other area fields.
Invest your support today and the payoff will be some of
the finest high school soccer competition in the state"
click on any image for larger view of the
future of soccer in Portage!
Former PN standout Jacob Peterson scored his first MLS goal against
the defending champions at the Home Depot center near Los Angeles Saturday
evening. For more details, click
Huskies defeat Fruitport 2-1
|The Fruitport game was senior night, a time when we honored the seniors,
their families and the coaching staff for the tremendous job they have done.
The Huskies defeated a pesky Fruitport team on Friday. We got out to a quick
lead when Sarah Meyer scored on a Sara Howland corner kick at 37:19. Another
score by Brooke Somers on a penalty kick gave us what appeared to be a comfortable
2-0 lead. But Fruitport hung tough, scoring on a breakaway late in the half
to bring the Trojans to within one goal at halftime. Score 2-1 Huskies.
The second half brought us multiple scoring opportunities but we were unable
to capitalize. The final score was a 2-1 Northern victory.
|Kaitlin Doud prepares to defend a throw-in
||Brittany Knue prepares to head a ball back at the Fruitport
Carrabba's Sponsored Lunch a Great
On Saturday, May 6th 60 soccer supporters gathered for a delightful
fund raiser lunch at Carrabba's Italian Grill on south
Salad, drinks, entrée and dessert were included as was attentive
Express special thanks to Brian Marsters
and his terrific staff next time you stop in at Carrabba's Italian Grill!
Huskies Win 3-0 and advance to Conference
|Sarah Meyer prepares to launch a shot at the Lakeshore
||Mollie Brooks sends the ball back at Lakeshore
In a rain-shortened game, the Huskies defeated Lakeshore to advance
to the SMAC Championship against Portage Central. The rematch of the archrivals
will take place at Portage Central on Monday May 22, at 6:45 p.m.
The scoring against Lakeshore began early in the first half. Brooke
Somers finished a pass from Sarah Bouali to stake the Huskies to a 1-0 lead
at the 38:00 minute mark. The Huskies were dominant and their next score came
off a pass from Samantha Kowalisyn to Sara Howland who sent the ball in under
the crossbar for a 2-0 halftime lead.
The weather continued to worsen in the second half. Shortly before
the game was cancelled due to lightning, Sarah Meyer took a pass from Brooke
Somers and drilled it past the Lakeshore keeper for the final score of the evening.
This win brings the Varsity record to an OUTSTANDING 13-1-1!!
Way to go Huskies!!
Huskies win first Conference Tournament
The Huskies take a victory run after
defeating St. Joe 4-0
The week layoff due to inclement weather didn't slow down the
Husky train. It picked up right where it left off! In a rematch of the last
game we played, the Huskies met St. Joe in a game that began in a downpour.
The rain didn't bother Carolyn Brown who lofted a picture perfect shot under
the bar at the 33:05 minute mark. The goal was Carolyn's first goal of the season.
The scoring continued shortly thereafter when St. Joe was assessed a penalty
in the box. Sara Howland drilled a shot past the St. Joe keeper to give the
Huskies a 2-0 lead
Sara Howland drills the PK to the
back of the net
The final score of the first half came off a pass from Sarah Bouali to Krista
Clancy who finished the ball to put the Huskies up 3-0.
The second half highlight was a score by defensive back Kaitlin Doud. Kaitlin
had just returned from an injury received in the Forest Hills Central victory.
Kaitlin launched a beautiful shot from well outside the eighteen, which sailed
under the bar. Well done Kaitlin!!
Wednesday brings Lakeshore for the second game of the Conference Tournament.
Come out and support the Huskies!
Huskies Beat St. Joe 5-0 - May 8, 2006
Samantha Kowalisyn sends in a throw, the scoreboard
says it all.
|Anna Caplis sends a free kick deep into St. Joe territory.
In a dominating performance the Huskies beat the Bears of St. Joe on Monday.
The Huskies got out in front early with Brooke Somers finishing a pass from
Sarah Bouali at the 5:00 minute mark. There were two other scores in the first
half to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead at halftime. An additional two goals were
scored in the second half.
The scoring was spread out among our Huskies, with no Husky with more than
one goal. The goals and assists for the game were as follows: Brooke Somers-1
goal and 1 assist, Sarah Bouali-1 goal and 1assist, Sara Howland-1 goal, Samantha
Kowalisyn-1 goal, Rachel Meyer-1 goal, Samantha Pace-2 assists.
Rachel Meyer's goal was especially noteworthy because it was the first goal
of her highschool career. Congratulations and way to go, Rachel!!
Huskies Prevail 3-1 over Mona Shores -
May 5, 2006
|Brook Somers puts a move on a Sailor defender.
||Sara Howland launches a corner kick to the front of
the Mona Shores goal.
The Huskies came out strong, determined to secure their tenth win of the season.
Sara Howland and Sarah Bouali teamed up early in the first half as Sarah Bouali
sent a ball through to Sara Howland. Sara was well outside the eighteen and
proceeded to float a perfect shot just under the bar to stake the Huskies to
a 1-0 lead.
Mona Shores responded to tie the score at 1-1. From then on it was all Huskies!
On one of the prettiest scores of the season, Sara Howland and Sarah Bouali
again teamed up. Sara Howland sent a corner kick to the front of the net and
Sarah Bouali drilled a header to the back of the net.
Our final score featured Sarah Meyer and Samantha Kowalisyn. Samantha sent
a through ball to Sarah Meyer who outran a couple of Sailor defenders and beat
the Mona Shores goalie to put the Huskies up 3-1.
The team was solid on both sides of the ball. The defense held Mona Shores
to very few scoring opportunities. Next week features an away game at St. Joe
and a rematch with Battle Creek Lakeview. Come on out and support your Huskies!!
Plainwell Trojans - May 3, 2006
The Plainwell Trojans went down to a 2-0 defeat Wednesday evening at the Husky
Stadium. Plainwell did a good defensive job in the first half and the game was
deadlocked 0-0 at halftime. Our Huskies had a number of scoring opportunities
but were unable to capitalize.
All that changed at 29:53 in the second half when the Trojans were assessed
with a penalty in the box. Sarah Meyer took the penalty kick and drilled a low
line drive just inside the right post to give the Huskies the lead. Sarah Meyer
sealed the win for the Huskies on a nice pass from Samantha Kowalisyn late in
the second half.
The Huskies were dominant on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball,
outshooting the Trojans 14-1. Way to go Huskies!!
Battle Creek Lakeview - May 1, 2006
The Husky train continues to roll on. They beat Battle
Creek Lakeview 3-0, for their eighth win of the season.
Scoring commenced at the 10:37 mark when Sarah Meyer finished
a pass from Krista Clancy to put the Huskies on top. The other score
in the first half came from Krista Clancy with an assist by Brooke Somers.
The Huskies continued to dominate in the second half,
holding Lakeview to a couple of shots. The final score was Sarah Bouali's
off a free kick by Sara Howland. The defense was solid, racking up another
The Huskies play Plainwell at home on Wednesday and at
Muskegon Mona Shores on Friday.
Come on out and support the Huskies!!
Forest Hills Central - April 28, 2006
The Huskies went to Forest Hills Central to play the Division
Two #2 team in the High School Coaches Poll. They came away with a 2-1
overtime victory. The victory is especially sweet because Forest Hills
Central was the team that beat us in the State semifinals last year.
Way to go Huskies!!!!!
The scoring began midway through the first half when the
cross from Sara Howland found the foot of Sarah Meyer who beat the Forest
Hills keeper, giving our Huskies the lead at halftime.
Forest Hills Central tied the score in the second half
to send the game into overtime. Brooke Somers secured the win for the
Huskies when she drilled a shot into the back of the net.
The victory was a total team effort. The defense was
solid with Mollie Brooks playing a spectacular game making a number
of one-on-one saves.
Way to go Mollie!!
Battle Creek Central - April 26, 2006
The Battle Creek game was a resounding 7-0 Husky victory.
The scoring began at 30:03 in the first period when Sara Howland drilled
a Sara Bouali cross into the net. Ten minutes later Sarah Bouali finished
a pass from Samantha Pace to put the Huskies up 2-0. Then Samantha Pace
provided the last score in the first half off a pass from Kaitlin Doud.
The Huskies began the second half where they left off.
Brooke Somers scored two consecutive goals in quick succession to build
the lead to 5-0. Samantha Pace and Sara Howland each provided an additional
goal to round out the scoring.
This was a very impressive outing with Sara Howland, Brooke
Somers and Samantha Pace each scoring two goals. A strong defensive
effort left Battle Creek with very few scoring opportunities.
Kalamazoo Central - April 24, 2006
Watching the Portage Northern-Kalamazoo Central game was
like watching two different games. In the first half, the teams were
evenly matched with neither team able to get a significant advantage.
In the second half our Huskies stepped it up a notch or two and were
able to claim a 4-2 victory.
The scoring began early in the first half when Sarah Meyer
finished a Sara Howland corner kick for the game's first score. Kalamazoo
Central responded fifteen minutes later on their corner kick to even
the score at the half.
The second half began with the Meyer-Howland combo putting
the Huskies back on top. Kalamazoo knotted it up a minute later. From
there on out, it was all Huskies!! Sarah Meyer finished a cross from
Sarah Bouali to put the Huskies ahead at the 29:53 mark. Samantha Pace
took a Sarah Meyer cross and beat two Kalamazoo defenders for the game's
Sarah Meyer played an awesome game and was the first
Huskie of the season to have a hat trick. Way to go, Sarah!!!
Portage Central - April 19, 2006
another classic Portage Northern-Portage Central game. There was a scoreless
deadlock until the winner was decided at the beginning of the second
overtime. A Portage Central corner kick resulted in the winning goal
as the ball was redirected and slipped into the net just inside the
right goal post.
played their hearts out but were unable to prevail.
Brooks was outstanding in goal with a number of fantastic saves that
kept Portage Central at bay.
team was dominant, which bodes well for our future as our team continues
to mature. Your reporter is hoping for a rematch in the SMAC championship.
of April 23rd has a full schedule with games on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday. We will be playing Kalamazoo Central, Battle Creek Central and
Forest Hills Central, respectively.
on out and support the Huskies!!!
Mattawan - April 17, 2006
In our best game of the year, the Huskies put on a display
of firepower and defense to beat a good Mattawan team 4-0.
The scoring began midway through the first half when Sam
Pace drilled a pass from Sam Kowalisyn past the Mattawan keeper. Krista
Clancy beat the keeper on a pass from Sarah Bouali to put the Huskies
up 2-0 at the half.
The Huskies continued to dominate in the second half.
At the 20:10 mark Sara Howland sent a free kick to the front of the
goal. Sarah Meyer finished it with a nice touch past the Mattawan goalkeeper.
The final score of the contest came off the foot of Sarah Bouali on
a beautiful shot from outside the 18.
Wednesday will see us at PORTAGE CENTRAL, which is always
one of the most intensely fought battles of the season. Come on out
and support the HUSKIES!!!! GO HUSKIES BEAT CENTRAL!!!
Invitational Saturday - April 15, 2005
Saturday was a beautiful day for the Portage/Kalamazoo
Soccer Tournament and our Huskies were as good as the weather.
The team played three games and went 2-0-1. The first
game featured the Traverse City Trojans. After a scoreless first half,
the Trojans were the first to score early in the second half. The Huskies
responded at the 10:50 mark when a free kick by Anna Caplis found Sarah
Meyer who put a beautiful shot past the Traverse City goalkeeper. Final
The Chiefs from Okemos were our next opponent. The game
was primarily defensive, with the Huskies having the majority of the
scoring opportunities. The scoreless deadlock was broken when Sara Howland
gained possession of the ball outside the 18 and drilled a shot inside
the left post for the game's only score.
In the final contest, Grand Haven fell to the Huskies
2-0. The scoring took place in the second half. Sam Pace sent the ball
to Sarah Meyer who beat the Grand Haven goalkeeper for the game's first
score at 21:10. The final score came off the foot of Sam Kowalisyn who
floated a shot just under the bar from well outside the 18 to secure
the game for the Huskies.
The week of April 16th features two quality opponents.
On Monday we travel to play Mattawan and Wednesday brings us to Portage
Central. See ya there!! Go Huskies!!
Kalamazoo Loy Norrix - April 12, 2006
Junior Varsity Summary:
The JV lost to the Kalamazoo Loy Norrix Lady Knights
The 2006 varsity soccer season got off to an auspicious
beginning with a 2-0 victory over the visiting Kalamazoo Loy Norrix
The Lady Knights were able to keep the dominating Huskies
off the scoreboard until the 23:10 minute mark of the first half. Sarah
Bouali made a nice cross to Mary McCarthy who beat the Knights' goalie
for a 1-0 lead.
The game settled into a defensive struggle. Our Huskies
had a number of opportunities but were unable to capitalize until the
3:27 mark of the second half. Rachael Meyer made a nice pass to Kelli
Hart who drilled the ball into the back of the net for the second goal
of the evening.
The victory was a total team effort with every Huskie
participating and it was a great way to open the 2006 soccer season.
Northern will hope to continue their winning ways on Saturday in the
Portage/Kalamazoo Invitational Tournament. Three varsity and three JV
games are scheduled.
See you there!!!!
For info on last year's team, go to pnhssoccer.org
or click here.