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Tecumseh earns district win at Northwest 4-0

By
JEFF STEERS

Special Writer
The Tecumseh boys’ varsity soccer team has been working at opening up the offense. It took just a simple plan to execute.

Tecumseh scored a 4-0 win over Northwest in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 district opener at NWHS. Tecumseh is 9-3-2 on the season with the victory.

The win sent the Indians to the district semifinal against Chelsea on Tuesday.

“We have been working for a while at spreading out (offensively),” THS Coach Jerry Nowak said. “Having more spacing opens up gaps in opponent’s defenses.”

It also led to a number of shots. Tecumseh outshot NW 20-1 in the contest.

Dylan Brewer got the scoring started for Tecumseh with a goal nine minutes into the contest.

Senior Aiden Cornish scored the first of his two goals on the night three minutes later for a 2-0 lead.

Cornish scored nine minutes later as THS took a 3-0 lead into halftime.

“It was an amazing win for us today,” Cornish said. “Having won a district title last year gives us a lot of confidence heading into the tournament.”

Backup goalie Jason Barksdale scored the final goal of the game with less than a minute remaining in the second half.

Kyle Kemppainen tallied two assists and Connor Hoshield added another assist in the contest.

“Hoshield and Logan Dempsey dominated the center of the field, Steven Knepper was a beast taking soccer balls from NW players all night, and Kemppainen was the one guy that really stood out for me,” Nowak said.

Goalie Liam Cornish earned the shutout in net for Tecumseh.

In other soccer action:

Division 3 soccer at Stockbridge: Clinton received a bye in the opening round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 tournament at Stockbridge. The Redskins were scheduled to play Columbia Central at home on Wednesday. The finals for the district tournament are scheduled for 5 p.m. on Friday at Stockbridge.
 

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