Back on track! Flivvers blank Bayside for 4-0 win

Kingsford soccer player junior Ben Mrozinski (4) battles a Bayside defender for possession of the ball during a varsity matchup Thursday afternoon at Commemorative Field in Kingsford. The Flivvers improved to 13-1 on the fall season with the 4-0 victory. (Sean Chase/Daily News photo)

KINGSFORD — After suffering its first loss of the season over the weekend, the Kingsford boys varsity soccer team (13-1) got back on track with a 4-0 shutout of the Bayside co-op squad from Escanaba on Thursday at Commemorative Field.

“The boys are playing well, they’ve really picked it up,” Flivvers coach Jeff Gordon said. “From the start until now, they’ve only grown. And one thing about this team is we don’t have someone special, the whole team is special.

“If it’s not for a whole team playing, we’re struggling and right now they’re flowing really well.”

Kingsford quickly jumped in front of Bayside as junior Jaxon Buckley took a pass from Gavyn Laydon and sent it home to take a 1-0 lead.

Looking to get involved in the action, Lucas Engman pushed the score to 2-0 on an assist from Gavin Moore and Buckley.

Engman wasn’t finished as a few minutes later he netted his second goal of the game on an assist from Buckley.

The Flivvers increased their advantage to four goals with 14:43 remaining in the first half as freshman Clark Robb used his body to send a cross from senior Nathan Kenny past the Bayside goalkeeper.

Holding a large lead, Gordon was able to empty his bench and give younger players some field time.

“We got a team of 29 and when I first started, I had a parents meeting and I told these guys, ‘We might not even get some of you guys in,'” Gordon added. “But we’ve been fortunate, we’ve gotten every guy in with a lot of playing time. What’s going to be important is, not next year, but the year after we have 11 leaving. So these guys have to learn these positions.”

With the end of the season approaching, Gordon and the Flivvers are aware of where they stand as far as districts are concerned.

“Right now, we’re second in our district for going downstate,” Gordon said. “… If that first team loses, we’ll go ahead, if they play this week. If not, we’ll be second in districts which is not too bad. We don’t know if we’re going to be playing a home game. … But it’s really exciting.”

As the excitement around the program rises, Gordon said his players are locked in.

“Everybody is all in on the team and that is what makes it fun,” Gordon said. “If we’re gonna win districts, that’s the only way.”

Prior to the District 48 tournament, Kingsford will head to Marquette for the U.P. soccer tournament. Having two wins over the Redmen this year already, the Flivvers are in uncharted territory.

“When we beat them a second time, it was a heck of a thrill,” Gordon said. “Because we’ve never beat Marquette twice in one year.”

Before that, Kingsford returns to action on Tuesday in Wrightstown, Wisconsin at 4 p.m.


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