Saline celebrated senior night with a good old-fashion drubbing of Monroe Tuesday night.
Sydney Jarvela scored twice and Emma Wright, Tate Robison, Allison Luurtsema and Bella Petrock also scored as Saline defeated Monroe, 6-0. Goalie Lauren Wilkie wasn’t busy but stopped a couple of long shots for the shutout.
Monroe’s lanky goal keeper was the only reason Saline didn’t win by mercy rule.
The Hornets improved to 7-0 in the SEC Red with games remaining against Skyline, Huron and Pioneer.
Head coach Dana Rosselot was pleased with her team’s play.
“Monroe sits back and puts a lot of players in the box. So you have to be patient,” Rosselot said. “I thought we played well.
Everyone expected Saline to beat Monroe. The big story Tuesday was the seniors: Allison Luurtsema, Maggie Schmuborg and Lauren Wilkie.
Rosselot said the three girls have played an important role in many successes of the defending state champion soccer team.
“But I’m most proud of the way they’ve led the team this year. They’ve been wonderful,” Rosselot said.
Wilkie, the team’s starting goalie, will study business or pre-law at the University of Michigan. She thanked coach Rosselot for encouraging her to come back to soccer.
“I played volleyball my freshman year. She convinced me to come back for my sophomore year, when I played on JV, and then the past two years I’ve been on varsity,” Wilkie said, adding that she was glad she came back to soccer. “I’m so happy. It’s such a good group of people and such a great program. I’m glad I came back.”
With just three seniors back and the expectations that come with a state championship, it hasn’t always been easy, Luurtsema said.
“It was hard at first and something I had to adjust to,” said Luurtsema, a junior captain last year and a senior captain on the varsity basketball team. “It’s a lot different from last year. It’s challenged me in many good ways so I am happy for the experience.”
All three girls were asked about the highlights of their Hornet careers. Instead of talking about last year’s state championship the seniors showed leadership and talked about highlights from this season.
Schumborg said she wants this year’s team to leave its own legacy.
“I want them to make history as their own team. We had a lot of big shoes to fill with the players that left last year and the states we won last year. I want them to make their own legacy,” Schumborg said.