Hannahville falls at home

HANNAHVILLE – The Hannahville Soaring Eagles didn’t have an answer for LeRoy Ward-Harbaum Saturday morning as they dropped a 6-0 soccer decision to the Grand Marais Polar Bears.

The senior forward led Grand Marais to the Northern Lights League regular-season title by scoring four times, also helping the Polar Bears improve to 12-1 overall and 9-1 in the league.

He opened the scoring by sneaking behind Hannahville’s defense and going top shelf five minutes, 42 seconds into the match.

Senior midfielder Elizabeth Scaife added the second goal from outside the box with less than four minutes remaining in the first half by lofting a shot well over the head of sophomore goaltender Trace Sagataw.

“That was a big goal,” said Grand Marais coach Warren Scaife. “Our effort in the first half was much stronger than it was last night (in Friday’s 2-1 loss). For us, this was just a better performance all-around. LeRoy took last night’s loss hard and spent a good half-hour after the match, working on his shooting. We didn’t have any mental letdowns today. I think this is a big confidence boost going into the league tournament (at Hannahville on Saturday). This shows the kind of performance we’re capable of.”

Ward-Harbaum scored the team’s third goal from point-blank range 7:12 into the second half.

Sophomore Dakota Stachnick raised the count to 4-0 about 6 1/2 minutes later when his shot deflected off a Hannahville defender and into the net.

“I was still feeling a little uneasy when it was 3-0,” said coach Scaife. “It was little bit of a relief to get that fourth goal. The Hannahville kids are good sports. They kept playing hard until the end.”

Ward-Harbaum hit Grand Marais’ fifth goal on a left-angle shot from inside the box midway through the second half and added the finale from the doorstep with 11:42 left to play, raising his goal total to 35 this year.

“We gave him too many open shots,” said Hannahville coach Dan Kleikamp. “And No. 16 (Elizabeth Scaife), is she tough. I think she’s the best defender we played all year.

“We didn’t play with the same intensity as we did yesterday. I know the kids are trying, but we kept taking the ball up the middle and losing it. At halftime, I thought we were still in the match. We told the kids they need to take this week seriously.”

The Soaring Eagles (9-2 overall, 8-2 league) will try to regroup before Saturday’s league tourney, which starts at 9 a.m.