Second-half goal propels Anchor Bay to football win over Eisenhower – Macomb Daily

Anchor Bay’s Billy Bingham answered half of coach Nate Williams’ request and it was enough to move defending champion Tars into a share of top spot in the Macomb Red Division football standings Area Conference.

“He was telling me at the start of the game that he wanted me to put two shots on the frame,” Bingham said after his goal with 13:07 left in Wednesday’s game lifted the Tars to a 1-0 win. against the previously undefeated Eisenhower. “I didn’t put two pictures on the frame, but I put one and it went in.”

Bingham drilled a high shot from around 30 yards that sailed into the top of the net and decided a hard-fought game between two strong teams who are both 3-1-1 in the MAC Red.

Scoring important goals is a new feeling for the Anchor Bay senior.

“Before the season I was playing as a centre-back and was on the back line so I couldn’t shoot a lot so I was pretty excited to shoot today,” helped Bingham.

Bingham didn’t seem entirely comfortable being thrust into the hero role and was eager to share it with his teammates.

“I don’t think I should be given credit for this win,” he said. “Even though I got the hang of it, our whole team performed very well. Some players were simply irreplaceable tonight. Our striker, Garrett (Pouget) had defensive fits all night. Our defense played very well and Connor (goalkeeper Connor Turala) should get more credit than me because without him they would have had two or three guaranteed goals.

“It was a huge win for our team. Our team has been playing really well lately. We lost 16 seniors from last year’s squad. It’s important for the underclassmen to step up and fill in these roles. They did a great job. We played together and we are looking forward to a good second half of the season.

It was the first meeting between the Tars and the Eagles since Anchor Bay beat Eisenhower 4-3 in overtime in the regional Division 1 last year.

“Ike is a really good team,” Williams said. “We saw a glimpse of that last year in the regional semi-finals and they also have a good team coming in this season. We knew we had to stay in control and play our game because one mistake can cost you dearly.

Williams said this year’s squad remains a work in progress after losing so many players from last year’s runner-up squad.

“It was a great chapter in Anchor Bay football last year, but that chapter is over and these guys are writing their own chapter,” Williams said. “Part of it is gelling, building chemistry and working hard for each other. A classic MAC Red battle like this does a lot of good things for us. It helps us see the weaknesses we need to improve on and it also shows us the things we are doing well.

Eisenhower coach Mehrdad Nekoogar liked the Eagles’ performance but would like to see them create more offense in the second half of the season.

“Neither team had many chances, but they had one and (Bingham) had a nice shot,” Nekoogar said. “We didn’t put enough pressure on the player who took the shot. These games all come down to an opportunity. I think both teams played very well.

“Our biggest problem at the moment is not scoring goals. We’re doing a good job of possession but we’re not doing a great job of creating chances. We’re working on it and I’m sure we’ll get there. It’s still early in the season and we’ve had a few injuries.

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