Barrett’s two goals help Lady Cats retain possession of Silver Cup

THREE RIVERS – The Silver Cup will remain in the Three Rivers Trophy Case another year.
Three Rivers’ varsity girls’ soccer team defeated visiting Sturgis 5-2 Wednesday in the annual St. Joe County rivalry game between the two schools.
The annual winner of the varsity girls’ soccer match between the two schools gets possession of the prized Silver Cup, which is stamped from 1917.
The first half was a defensive battle with Three Rivers sneaking in the only goal of the opening 40 minutes into the Sturgis net
Three Rivers junior Izzy Taylor set up a nice cross pass to Abby Stephens who blasted the ball into the Sturgis net at 23:39 for a 1-0 lead at the half.
Three Rivers sophomore Kelsey Barrett scored 24 seconds into the second half off an assist by Lauryn Carlisi.
Taylor recorded another Three Rivers goal at 34:34 on a penalty kick. The Lady Cats got their fourth goal from Barrett off Taylor’s assist at 15:20. Hannah Shane scored Three Rivers final goal with Barrett getting credited with the assist with eight seconds left in the match.
Jaylin Harbin recorded five keeper saves in goal for Three Rivers, now 5-4 overall and 2-2 in the Wolverine Conference this season.
“We had solid shots tonight and made them count. We have been working on positions and placing the ball for shots and when to capitalize and tonight it paid off. It was a great team effort by all tonight,” said Three Rivers varsity coach Pete Bachinski.
Three Rivers lost a 6-0 decision to Sturgis in the junior varsity match.
Three Rivers fell behind 2-0 at halftime. Sturgis scored its final four goals in the second half.
Nicole Ambs had 15 keeper saves for Three Rivers and Ryle Menz had one shot on goal for the Lady Cats.

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