Anchor Bay girls soccer tops Lake Shore in regional semifinal

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published June 6, 2017

UTICA — In a 4-1 June 6 Division 1 regional semifinal win over St. Clair Shores Lake Shore, the Anchor Bay girls soccer team moved to 18-1-4 on the season. The 18 wins are a school record for the Tars.

“It’s great to be a part of school records,” Anchor Bay sophomore goalkeeper Ally Gaunt said. “We’re not finished yet, though.”

Anchor Bay advances to face Utica Ford II in a regional final set for 7 p.m. June 8 at Utica High. Anchor Bay tied Ford twice in the regular season. Both teams play in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division.

The Tars got first half goals from senior midfielder Lindsey Shira and senior forward Rachel Russo to seal the win.

Lake Shore sophomore Andrea Tungul scored with 28:58 left in regulation to cut the Anchor bay lead to 2-1. Anchor Bay senior Kayla Polisano knocked in a score with 27:11 left to put her team up 3-1. Polisano’s goal with 25:15 left put Anchor Bay up 4-1.

Shorians coach Dave Lount said his team was without two of its better players — one due to a family issue and another because of injury.

“I thought we battled,” Lount said. “We kept it close for a while, and we played hard.”

Lake Shore (15-5-3) made program history June 3, as a 7-0 victory over Roseville High gave the program its first district championship.

“Once we got past Grosse Pointe South in the quarterfinals, we thought that if we kept our heads in the game that we could get it done,” Lount said. “It’s pretty special for the program.”

Lake Shore loses four players to graduation: midfielder/forwards Shannon Marsh, Laren Malicsi and Heather Vredenburg, and midfielder/defender Veronica Steinmetz. The Shorians have 19 players eligible to return next season, including sophomore goalkeepers Jessica Ludwick and Caitlyn Harwood.

“We’ve got a large sophomore class,” Lount said. “We lose (Marsh). She scored 30 goals this year and will be a Division 1 player at Bowling Green, but we’ve got a lot of players who will be back. We’ll keep going.”