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Before senior captain Paige Messick and her Dow High soccer teammates could beat Bay City Central on Wednesday evening, they first had to beat the weather.

After the host Chargers and the Wolves waited out two lightning delays totaling more than an hour during the first half, the thunderstorm moved out of the area and Dow completed an 8-0 Saginaw Valley League North win over the Wolves. The game was called due to mercy rule with 30:07 left in the second half.


Staying focused on the game at hand isn’t easy in such a situation, Messick said.

“It’s very hard,” she said with a smile. “We’re really good friends and we like to socialize (when there’s down time during a delay in the game). But we have goals that we want to meet (as a team) and we have to be focused.”


Of course, that bond among teammates is also a big benefit, Messick noted.

“(Our strength) is our connection with each other on and off the field,” she said. “Being friends, we know each other’s style of play.”

When play was halted for the first time, with Dow up 3-0 just over midway through the first half, players, coaches, referees and spectators patiently trudged the long walk from the soccer field to Dow High School, where the teams took shelter inside the building and fans headed to their cars.

After the required 30-minute stoppage of play, Dow and Central were only able to play another six minutes before lightning caused a second delay and another departure to the school building with the score 4-0.

After already having had a game postponed on Monday due to rain, Dow soccer coach Erica Bader was determined to see Wednesday’s contest played to completion to avoid having to reschedule a second game.

“It was important that we got the game in today,” Bader said. “It’s difficult to turn (the players’) focus back on (after long delays). But they played really well.”

After the second delay, the Chargers built their lead to 6-0 at halftime before scoring twice in less than 10 minutes of the second half to end the game.

Elizabeth Green led Dow’s offense with three goals and one assist. Kennedy Caldwell had two goals and an assist and Annie Meilink had a goal and two assists.

Single goals also came from Paige Golden and Charlotte Pohl, who headed in the final goal off of a great cross by Caldwell.

Messick had two assists and Brooklen Reid had one assist.


Natalie Neal was the Chargers’ keeper and did not face any shots.

Dow has nine seniors, four of whom started as freshmen, Bader said, so the team has good potential once it hits its stride.

“So this is a good group with big goals,” she said. “But we’ve had very limited time outside (so far).”

“We have a lot of good players, front to back,” Messick said. “Once we get going, we can do some good work.”

The Chargers are 3-2-1 overall and 1-0 in the SVL North. Weather permitting, they will visit Williamston on Thursday for a 6:30 p.m. game.

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