Jan 28, 2019
The 2018 Anchor Bay Girls Soccer team was recently added to the MHSAA record book for their outstanding defensive performance. The stingy defense only allowed nine goals in 23 games. The Tars went 18-2-3 on the campaign en route to winning their fifth district championship in school history. Goalkeeper Ally Gaunt's sixteen shutouts was also one of the top performances in state history. Gaunt's name appears in the state record book as well with former Tars Emily Zweng and Michelle Dear. Emily Zweng had thirteen shutouts in 2015 and thirty-two in her career from 2012-2015. Michelle Dear (2010-2013) scored thirty goals in 2010 and had eighty-three in her career. "Gaunt, Zweng, and Dear each understood that the better the team did, the more accolades an individual may earn. These three student-athletes made team goals a priority," head Coach Kevin Grammens said. He added, "These players live up to my vision for the Anchor Bay Girls Soccer Program: We aim to create a culture built on relationships and trust. We consistently compete for championships and awards: All-academic, team ethics and sportsmanship. We strive to break school and state records while being known throughout the state as being a team that displays great work ethic and class. We want to be a program that others want to emulate."
Besides Gaunt, members of the 2018 team were Rianna Silkwood, Carlie Barone, Jessica Schneider, Nicole Nelson, Ariana Rumps, Peyton Schmid, Haley Finazzo, Stephanie Lloyd, Grace Wolf, Briana Rumps, Karina Arnold, Riley Barone, Isabella Hunter, Jessica Bertolini, Hannah Bautel, Megan Buchan, Peyton Hodgson, Sam Gottberg, Kassidy Miller, Julia Anulare, and Mackenzie Rahn. "Only about thirty other teams in the history of girls soccer in the state of Michigan have allowed fewer goals in a season. This really puts this accomplishment into perspective. To say I am proud of last year's team is an understatement. Not only were they a great team, they were great individuals with high character," concluded Coach Grammens.