Bayside Soccer wins its final home game
ESCANABA — Bayside Soccer Club reaped the benefits of a stingy defense in a 2-0 soccer victory over the Marquette JVs here Tuesday night.
Senior Bryson Corrao scored both goals in this match as Bayside improved to 7-7.
“Bryson is one of our captains, and he played like a captain,” said Bayside coach Tony Carey. “We have nine seniors, and this was their last match down here.
“They really wanted to win this one. This was a nice way to close out the home portion of our season.”
Senior Logan Kang drew an assist on Carrao’s first goal from top of the six-yard box early in the second half. Carrao added his second goal on a penalty kick midway through the period.
“This is the fourth time we played Escanaba this year and lost all four,” said Marquette coach John Balmet. “Although, we continued to improve. Defensively, this is the best we’ve played against them. They have older and bigger players than we do. They came out after halftime and used their physicality against our smaller guys, but we stood up to them real well.”
Bayside kept the pressure on its opponent through much of this match with senior Erika Silverstone among its defensive leaders.
“Erika is gritty,” said Carey. “She doesn’t back down from anybody. She’s very aggressive.”
Bayside finished with approximately 10 shots on goal, including three during a brief flurry late in the first half.
“We did good,” said Carey. “We carried the play and had a couple more chances. It was a good match.”
Also making their final home appearance for Bayside were seniors Cole Crowe, Caleb Basso, Liam Love, Isaac Maki, Dylan Ziemke and Jude Way.
The Marquette JVs finished their regular season 7-9-1.
“They came out running hard, and it was tough for us to get around them.” said Balmet. “About half our matches were against varsity teams. We told the guys ‘without a doubt, we’ve gotten better.'”
Both teams resume in the silver bracket of Saturday’s Upper Peninsula tournament in Marquette.