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South Beats North

By Bob St. John , 09/15/19, 11:45PM EDT

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City rivals Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South clashed

City rivals Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South clashed in a division contest last week, and when the final horn sounded, the visiting Blue Devils came away with a 5-0 win.

“The girls came ready to play,” 

City rivals Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South clashed in a division contest last week, and when the final horn sounded, the visiting Blue Devils came away with a 5-0 win.

“The girls came ready to play,” South head coach Jessie Rouleau said. “We had some hungry forwards tonight, and they wanted to score goals, which they did. It was a nice win for us.”

“We are a young team that learned a lot tonight,” North head coach Emma Yee said. “We played a pretty good game. We had a lot of shots on net and had chances to get back in the game, but their goalie played a great game.”

The Blue Devils came out like a ball of fire in the opening 10 minutes of the first half.

Senior Sofia Remelius scored in the first minute, and a couple of minutes later, senior Caitlin Rionda tallied to make it 2-0.

Rionda scored again at the 21:53 mark to make it 3-0.

The Norsemen settled into a groove and had some good scoring chances, but South senior goaltender Hadley McSunas was up to the challenge, thwarting the home team.

The biggest goal came late in the first half when the Blue Devils made it 4-0 on a goal by senior Kylie Stackpoole.

It was an even second half with each team posting good scoring chances.

“I can’t believe some of our shots didn’t go in,” Yee said. “We have to start finishing when we have those good chances around the net.”

 

The Blue Devils scored at the 19:11 mark of the second stanza when senior Maria Haddad tallied.

Yee watched her team try to post a rally, but time after time McSunas made a challenging save to keep the Norsemen off the board. McSunas finished with 14 saves.

“Hadley was very solid in net for us tonight,” Rouleau said. “She is one of our senior leaders.”

Grosse Pointe South improved to 1-1-1 in the Michigan Field Hockey Association Division 2 East standings and 2-1-1 overall, while North dips to 0-1 in the division and 1-1-1 overall.

Next for the Blue Devils is their home opener at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, against Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Coming up for the Norsemen is an away game at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, against Farmington.