Soccer: Flivvs blank rival IM, 1-0

Kingsford's Abby Richer (15) and Iron Mountain's Mia Fairchild (7) chase down the ball on Thursday at Commemorative Field in Kingsford. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News)

KINGSFORD — Liz Penegor’s second-half penalty kick lifted Kingsford past rival Iron Mountain 1-0 in girls soccer Thursday at Commemorative Field.

Bailey Johnson drew the penalty resulting in Penegor’s penalty kick with 13 minutes remaining in the second half.

“Liz placed a perfect ball on the penalty kick,” said Flivvers coach Jon Lorenzoni. “I had total faith in Liz. Never a doubt.”

Both teams had their chances in a scoreless first half.

“Hard fought game, it went back and forth and very competitive,” Lorenzoni said. “Those are two good teams. (Goalkeeper) Hannah Strutz made some tremendous saves tonight. She came up huge.”

Mountaineers coach Steve Hodgins said “losing on a PK goal is always a hard pill to swallow. But I give credit to Kingsford for finding a way to score. “

Hodgins praised the play of netminder Lauren Lesky and Chloe Bianco on defense.

“Our forwards and mids generated a lot of pressure on the Kingsford net but we couldn’t get one past the line for a goal,” Hodgins said. “I’m proud of the effort we put into the game. Unfortunately we weren’t rewarded with a win from it, but that’s how the game goes sometimes.

The Mountaineers host Marquette on Tuesday for Senior Night and travel to Houghton on Thursday. The Flivvers closed out their season Thursday.

“Our record may not be sparkling, but we have played very well in the past few weeks,” Lorenzoni said “It’s a shame we can’t play in a state tournament because we are peaking right now.

“This was a great way to end a season. I’m very happy for the girls. They’re a great group. We have a bright future.”