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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Shawn Hayes for the information in this story.)

Chelsea finishes third in Chelsea Invitational

On April 15, Chelsea hosted its annual CHS Invitational – a 4-team round robin tournament.

Chelsea lost in the opening game of the day 2-1 to Dewitt.  Dewitt then played and beat New Boston Huron 3-1.

Chelsea came back onto the field to play a fresh team from Linden and Linden won that game 4-1. Dewitt then played Linden with Linden winning 2-1.

Chelsea then played New Boston Huron and Chelsea won 4-1.  Linden won the final game against New Boston Huron 4-0 and was crowned Champions of the tournament going 3-0 on the day.

Dewitt was second going 2-1 with Chelsea 3rd and NBH 4th.

Coaches Notes:  Dewitt was ranked #1 with Linden #7 at the end of the regular season last year so to play two returning top 10 teams in a tournament was a great experience for us.

Dewitt had a player, Danielle Stephan, who just returned and was playing in her 2nd or 3rd game back with the team after returning home from US Women’s Soccer Under 19 National Team Camp in Florida. She is headed to MSU in the fall to study and play soccer.

For us to see what that type of player looks like and be able to play against her was a great challenge and fun for our girls and while she scored both the goals against us, we learned from playing them and it helped make us a better team. 

Linden, who also has 2-3 seniors headed to play in college next year was an additional challenge for us.

Unfortunately, we struggled to match the same intensity against Linden as we did Dewitt, and the Linden team was strong enough to expose that. Again, we learned in the game – some harder lessons in this one – but it helped make us better.  Learning from both games and playing an unranked team like ourselves, we were able to end the day on a positive with a nice 4-1 team result against New Boston Huron.

Manchester recap

Monday, Chelsea hosted the Lady Dutch from Manchester.

Manchester came into the game with great energy and really controlled much of the tempo in the first half putting a shell-shocked Chelsea team on its heals. Eventually, Natalie Gofton was played in from the back on an overlapping run and served a great ball in from the outside into the box.

Sam Pagliarini challenged the goalkeeper for the 50-50 ball and it wound up loose in front of goal where Delaney Krause knocked it in. Though we created a few nice chances in the half, like Anna Regis with a great 1-touch in front of goal, the Dutch keeper made a strong save and we just weren’t able to crack them, except on that one loose ball in front of goal.

Coaches Notes:  After a slow first half to the game, our girls played with determination and as the game went on after losing two of their teammates to injury during the game. Both Sidney Bailey and Kylie Kuebler were injured.

Earlier in the season, the team lost sophomore Hanna Wyatt, as well as senior Abby Bareis, who is another 3-year returner. Plus, Helena Schultz who is a new sophomore addition to the team, and has been out since the start of the season.

It’s been a tough start to our year for the team health-wise, but thankfully we have plenty of players still healthy and strong depth in the team this season. 

The varsity team plays Dexter today away beginning at 4 p.m. with JV to follow.

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