June 5, 2023 4:27 pm

Nouvel Catholic and Valley Lutheran claimed first-round district soccer wins, setting up a third showdown between the Division 4 powers.

Nouvel cruised to a 7-1 win over Montrose, while Valley Lutheran shut out Laker High, 4-0, in first-round games Thursday. The team will meet in a Division 4 district semifinal at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Valley Lutheran.

Lydia Jacobs scored five goals in Nouvel’s win, giving her 35 goals in 17 games for the 12-4-1 Panthers. Emilee Rosenberg added two goals, giving her 30 goals for the season.

Valley Lutheran improved to 12-2-3 with the win over Laker.

During the regular season, Nouvel earned a 3-1 win over the Chargers before playing to a 1-1 tie.

In other Saginaw-area soccer playoff games, Heritage fell to Traverse City Central, 2-1, and Midland Dow topped Traverse City West, 2-1, in Division 1. In Division 2, Mount Pleasant shut out Petoskey, 1-0.

In Division 3, Unionville-Sebewaing edged Birch Run, 2-1, with Caro knocking off Marlette, 6-2. Bullock Creek claimed a 2-1 win over Gladwin and Alma blanked Clare, 1-0, to move on, but Shepherd was eliminated, 7-0, by Big Rapids.


  • Freeland swept Shepherd, 4-1 and 10-0, in a non-conference doubleheader Thursday. Luke McLaren won the first game, allowing one run and four hits, striking out eight in seven innings. Jacob Kowalski led the offense with two hits. Ryan Quackenbush threw five shutout innings for the Game 2 win. Colin Dee and Mason Fleming had two hits each to lead the 23-10-1 Falcons.
  • Sanford Meridian claimed a pair of non-conference wins, topping Coleman, 17-3 and 14-3. In the first game, Eli Olmstead threw a two-hitter, striking out four. Ethan Wetzel led the offense with four hits and three RBIs, with Chase Thurlow and Olmsted adding two hits each. Robbie Edwards earned the win in the nightcap, allowing two hits in five innings. Reece Teer led the offense with three hits and three runs for the 19-14 Mustangs.

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