Reprinted from an article in the Times Herald, Sept 14, 2012 written by Jordan Climie
Looking between the benches for Port Huron and Port Huron Northern Thursday night, it was easy to see that the Huskies had more players available. Both coaches agreed that was a big reason why Northern defeated Port Huron 5-0 in a Macomb Area Conference crossover match. “We have a ton of injuries,” Port Huron coach Dave Reno said. “We have 18 players, but nine players are injured. We can’t do what we wanted. We played hard with the guys we had.”
“They didn’t have a lot of depth,” Northern coach Bryan Becker said. “Port Huron should be proud of the way they played.
“These games are never easy for us. Port Huron came out focused, and we had to meet their focus.”
Reno was determined not to let this be the way the Huskies see the Big Reds by the end of the year.
“We play them again at the end of the season,” he said. “We’ll have better strength and a better show.”
Beyond what was happening on the sidelines, the Huskies dominated the match, although they were slow to get started in the first half.
They had a lot of chances near the Big Reds’ net, but senior goalkeeper Adam Christie kept Port Huron in the game.
The Huskies did manage to score twice before halftime, first near the middle of the half courtesy of senior Ryan Berra and then again with 2½ minutes remaining with senior Steven Fagan finding the back of the net.
In the second half, though, the Huskies picked up the pace.
In the span of just over five minutes, senior Kyle Truscott and senior David Brown all scored, with Brown netting two.
Junior Clark Ayotte had two assists and senior Riley Paulus had one.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” Brown said after the game.
“(In the second half) we got a little bit more comfortable.”
“I think that we played the ball wide, played behind their defense,” Becker said of his team after the win.
But he was already focused on Monday’s matchup at St. Clair Shores Lake Shore. This past week, the Huskies have gone 0-2 on the road. “We’ve had a difficult time on the road.” Brown said the win will help the team for Monday.
“It will definitely give us a boost.”
The Huskies are now 7-2-1 overall, 2-2-1 in the MAC Blue.