2011-06-05 / Sports

Montrose kickers fall to Durand in district semis


HEADS UP – Montrose’s Alana Percy fights to head the ball out of a pack of Ovid-Elsie players in Tuesday’s 4-3 win. The Rams went into double overtime and triumphed in a shoot out to win the match. (TCC Photo By Hillary Grigonis). HEADS UP – Montrose’s Alana Percy fights to head the ball out of a pack of Ovid-Elsie players in Tuesday’s 4-3 win. The Rams went into double overtime and triumphed in a shoot out to win the match. (TCC Photo By Hillary Grigonis). After Montrose took the third place slot in the GAC tournament from Durand on May 27, the two teams found themselves facing each other once again in the district semis less than a week later, only the Railroaders were the ones dealing a disappointing blow as they ended the Rams season, 1-0.

During the GAC tournament, the Rams earned a forfeit victory over Mt. Morris to receive a slot in the third/fourth place match with Durand indoors at the Genesee Fieldhouse, where the Rams came out on top 3-1. Freshman Kaleigh Blackburn scored early for the Rams, capitalizing on a pass from Corey Delcore for the Rams to take the lead. Early in the second half, Delcore found the back of the net, assisted by freshmen Shelby Totten. Senior Kayla Setzke cinched the lead with a third goal on a left-foot shot from 20 yards out. Durand managed one goal with five minutes remaining in the contest.

“We played real fast and confident and controlled the ball,” said Coach Jason Perrin. “They are tough to play against from behind, we needed an early lead.”

The Rams then moved into district action, opening against Ovid-Elsie and coming out on top 4-3 after a shoot out to break a 2-2 tie. The Rams struck first with the wind to their advantage in the first half, scoring off a deflection initiated by Delcore. After halftime, however, the Mauraders were able to take advantage of the conditions and put in two quick goals. Down by one goal, the Rams managed to tie up the score with a direct kick by Abriana Garza headed in by Setzke.

After both teams came up empty in the overtime frame, the teams faced off in a shoot out, with keeper Mikayla Kammerzell defending the net for the

Rams. Montrose won the shoot out 2-1, with goals by Konnor Colby and Garza.

“The wind was such a big factor,” Perrin said. “Against the wind, neither team was able to do much and it really affected play. I was really proud of how our girls battled back and found a way to win. Our keeper, Mikayla Kammerzell, was fantastic in the game and penalty kicks.”

The Rams, however, were unable to come back from behind as they faced Durand in the district semis June 2, falling 1-0 after the Railroaders took an early lead three minutes into the game. The Rams had several scoring opportunities but were not able to finish, including one goal that was ruled offsides and recalled.

“We played with a lot of heart and determination so this loss hurts,” Perrin said. “Against a team like that you have to get out front on the scoreboard or they’ll make it tough on you, and that’s what they did.”

The Rams finished their season with an overall record of 12-7-2.

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