After dropping his first two Downriver League clashes, Edsel Ford hit the road on Wednesday night to take on Wyandotte Roosevelt.
Edsel Ford at Wyandotte Roosevelt Women’s Soccer Photo Gallery
Guided by a hat trick from Maisy Gerlach, Edsel came away with a 4-0 victory over the Bears on a rainy night in Wyandotte.
With the win, the Thunderbirds improved to 2-2-1 overall and 1-2 in the league.
Roosevelt fell to 1-3-2 overall and 0-2 in the DRL.
Gerlach’s first goal of the night came 12 minutes into the game.
In the Bears zone, she received a pass from teammate Lizzy Kowalsky. Staying ahead of the defenders, she ran and beat goalkeeper Bianca Hawthorne to make it a 1-0 game. Kowalsky finished the night with three assists while Janae Jackson had a goal and an assist.
With around 14 minutes to go in the first half, Gerlach caught a long pass from Jackson. The freshman once again got past the Roosevelt defenders and then conceded a goal.
Just three minutes into the second half, Kowalsky found Jackson open near the 5-yard line. The junior threw a perfect shot that sailed over Hawthorne’s head and into the net.
With about 23 minutes left in the competition and with Edsel in the Bears’ zone, Gerlach put his foot in the ball near the 20-year-old line. Hawthorne got a piece of it, but the ball escaped and eventually crossed the goal line. The goal capped Gerlach’s hat-trick for the game and wrapped up the scoring for the evening.
Overall, Hawthorne faced a total of 15 shots from Edsel Wednesday night while Roosevelt had just two shots on goal against the T-Birds.
Heading into Wednesday, Edsel was coming off a 2-1 loss to a strong Trenton team two nights earlier. Jackson scored the T-Birds’ only goal in that game and Gerlach had an assist.
Next on Edsel’s schedule is a league game at Gibraltar Carlson on Monday night. On Thursday afternoon, Carlson tied for first place in the DRL with Trenton.
Roosevelt had faced Carlson two nights before facing the T-Birds and lost 2-0. Hawthorne scored big for the Bears that night, despite the loss.
Next up for the Wyandotte group is a Thursday night home game against non-league opponent Detroit Cristo Rey. On Monday, the Bears will be back in the league with a home game against Allen Park.