Skyline girls soccer shuts out Dexter to take over top spot
In its first game of the year, the Skyline girls soccer team fell to Plymouth, the No. 1 in Division 1, by a score of 1-0.
It took nearly a month, but another team finally scored a goal on the Eagles. And as an impressive scoreless streak comes to an end, Skyline is ascending to the top of the AnnArbor.com girls soccer rankings.
Skyline tied Saline, 1-1 Tuesday night, to bring the Eagles’ record to 7-1-1, with just two goals against on the season.
“I was proud of their second half performance,” Skyline coach Chris Morgan said following the tie. “We played to our potential. This is a small victory, but we will take it and move on.”
But the game that earned them the No. 1 spot came last Thursday, when the Eagles topped previous No.1 Dexter, 3-0. All three of Skyline’s goals came after halftime.
The Eagles got through the toughest portion of their league schedule with a win and a tie, and have the inside track toward a league title.
The Dreadnaughts remain in second place for now, but will face off against Saline Thursday in another game that could shake up the standings.
1. Skyline: Tori Norris had four saves Tuesday night as the Eagles defense stayed strong.
2. Dexter: The Dreadnaughts have won two straight by a combined score of 5-1 since their Skyline loss.
3. Saline: After a 4-5 start to the season against tough competition, the Hornets are 3-0-1 in their last four.
4. Huron: The River Rats are faring well in the SEC, but dropped a close game to state-ranked Livonia Ladywood Saturday.
5. Father Gabriel Richard: The Irish are ranked No. 9 in Division 3 and face Dearborn Divine Child Thursday.
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1. Saline: A Thursday sweep of Skyline helps the Hornets stay atop the rankings.
2. Skyline: Besides being swept by Saline, the Eagles are perfect in the SEC and 13-3 overall.
3. Huron: The Rats lost big at home to Temperance Bedford on Thursday, but are still alive in the SEC Red hunt.
4. Dexter: The Dreadnaughts split with Salem and Saline to finish out last week.
5. Father Gabriel Richard: The Irish finished their CHSL league slate at 8-8 with a Tuesday sweep over Macomb Lutheran North.
1. Saline: The Hornets dispatched the best team on the other side of the SEC Monday, Dexter, to improve to 17-1.
2. Dexter: The Dreadnaughts may have been swept by Saline Monday, but they’ve rolled through nearly everyone else en route to a 14-4 record.
3. Chelsea: The Bulldogs have won 3-of-4 since being swept at Saline last week, but are jumped by the Dreadnaughts in this week’s rankings.
4. Lincoln: The AnnArbor.com Team of the Week easily dispatched Skyline Monday, but had a tough matchup with Dexter Wednesday and a Saline doubleheader Thursday.
5. Manchester: The Lady Dutch were unbeaten in the Cascades until a Monday sweep at the hands of Grass Lake.
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1. Saline: The Hornets showed off their depth with a first and two seconds in relays at the Golden Triangle.
2. Chelsea: The Bulldogs won the Stockbridge invitational while their top sprinter, Berkley Edwards, won the 100-meter dash at the Golden Triangle.
3. Pioneer: Lucas Arrivo and Costa Willets provide a potent distance duo for the Pioneers.
4. Lincoln: Tyree Waller continues to dominate among area long jumpers, leaping 23-feet, 6.5 inches Tuesday against Ypsilanti.
5. Ypsilanti: The Phoenix showed off some of the area’s top sprinting talent Friday, led by Malik Peacock.
1. Saline: The Hornets put another unbeaten SEC season in the books with a Tuesday win over Skyline
2. Pioneer: Three Pioneers have turned in 100 times of 12.84 seconds or faster.
3. Chelsea: The Bulldogs finished as runners-up Friday in Stockbridge and completed an unbeaten SEC slate Tuesday.
4. Huron: Kennedy Beazley has turned in the area’s top 800- and 1,600-meter times this year.
5. Ypsilanti: Endia Francois is a state title contender in the 200 and has turned in strong 400 times as well.