Saline defeated Bedford 8-0 to win its sixth straight game and improve to 5-0-1 atop the SEC Red.
Seniors Alyssa Stavros and Sydney Jarvela each scored twice for Saline. Emily Eitzman, Tate Robison, Morgan Jones and Devin Reilly also scored in a game called off 10 minutes into the second half because of the mercy rule.
Saline has scored 25 goals in the last three games.
“It’s always nice to score goals. Last time we played Bedford we had success challenging them on the outside and working in. We’re trying to get better at finding open girls in the box and developing dangerous chances,” Saline coach Ryan Williams said.
As much as Williams likes his offense right now after three straight drubbings of lesser teams, he’s even more impressed with the defense.
Saline hasn’t allowed a goal since April 15. The Hornets haven’t allowed a goal in SEC Red play.
“We’re really figuring out how to play as a unit and limit offensive chances against us,” Williams said.
Goalie Annika Udryss has played well when called upon. But mostly, she hasn’t been busy. Williams credits Morgan Jones for helping solidify the team’s defense. At first glance, placing last year’s leading scorer on defense might seem a little strange. But Jones played outside back on the state championship team when she was a freshman, learning from Amanda Zylstra, Allison Luurtsema and Sarah Livesey.
“We were having trouble with allowing the big play and she’s helped prevent that,” Williams said.
Now Saline turns its attention to Pioneer. The Hornets visit Pioneer Thursday for a game at 5:30 p.m. The last time these two teams played the game ended in a scoreless tie. It’s the only blemish on Saline’s SEC Red record so far.
“Our girls are ready. They’re excited about this one. They know they didn’t have their best game last time and they want to prove themselves,” Williams said.