Dakota Downs Fraser

Devon Schwarze-Hemelberg, Flash Sports Reporter

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Monday night marked senior night for the Fraser girls’ soccer team and it also marked the opportunity for the team to win the MAC White Championship.

One by one, the girls filed out with their parents in hand, smiling as this would be the last home game for the Senior girls. The moment was bittersweet and in a sense heartwarming as coach Thaier Mukhtar embraced each and everyone of his seniors with a hug and with some, a kiss on the cheek. The girls each received a flower and a hug from the coaching staff minutes before the start of the game.

After the festivities were over, the real fun began and boy was it an exciting one. Two of the top programs in Macomb County, going at it for the right to be MAC White Champions. The storyline was set and it lived up to the hype.

Fraser raced out of the gate and was aggressive on offense. They challenged on every play and pressed the Cougars early on. It paid off about 15 minutes in as senior Abbigayle Filar was able to send a strike from over 25 yards out on the side of the field just past the reach of Dakota junior goalie Paige Thomas. The Ramblers were on the board and the crowd was ecstatic.

Dakota started off with the ball and soon after push it up the sideline. Fraser senior Allison Kowalski poked the ball away from Anja Savich who somehow was able to save it just before it went out of bounds and sent a beautiful cross inside the box. The result was an easy 5 yard shot and score by Dakota Junior Harley Gorzelski. It wouldn’t be her last though.

The teams were constantly running up and down the field harder than you’ll see for most high school soccer games. That led to a lot of opportunities and a lot of scoring in this one. Fraser pushed the ball once again and it led to an opportunity for junior Sydnie Voss to put one in the back of the net, and she did. The crowd roared with excitement and the Ramblers were now up 2-1, but not for long.

Butler commit and sophomore sensation Anja Savich was able to track the ball down the sideline and then made a beautiful cut on the inside of Fraser senior Gabby Anderson. She was able to get around Anderson and put a gorgeous ball just past senior goalie Abby Moss. That would be the score at half.

The second half was a little bit slower paced and involved a little less madness. Neither team took more than a few shots at all and none hit the goal. Except for one shot by Harley Gorzelski that reached the net with just less than 12 minutes to go in the game. That would be all she wrote for the Fraser Ramblers and their seniors as the team was unable to muster a shot until the final 15 seconds of the game. The shot was taken by Fraser senior Tyler Ledford, but just missed the right side of the net. The girls had the same look on their face as that of a kid who got their candy taken away. After having the lead for a good portion of the game and being the aggressor, it was upsetting to see the team lose it towards the end.

The girls did not finish their season yet as they play at Chippewa Valley on Thursday for the final game of the regular season. They are also the host of their district next week which they will play on Tuesday at home against East Detroit. Look for the Fraser Lady Ramblers to win their district and make a good run in this year’s postseason.

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