Flivvers blank Mountaineers

KINGSFORD – Ingrid Martonen provided a goal and assist as Kingsford closed out Iron Mountain’s high school girls soccer season with a 2-0 decision Thursday at Commemorative Field.

Martonen, a sophomore, set up Santina Bianco with a first-half goal that held up until the final seconds of the match.

With 16 seconds remaining, Martonen found the net with an assist from Megan VanPembrook.

“We controlled the game,” said Coach Todd Formolo, his Flivvers firing 36 shots compared to a handful for the Mountaineers. “Iron Mountain has improved by far over the season.

“Ingrid has been playing great all year and (senior captain) Santina stepped up.”

The Flivver coach also cited the defense along with Emily Formolo, Lillian Slajus, Kelsey Bennett, sophomore sweeper Ali Gering, mid-center Courtney Qualley and wings Meredith Campbell and freshman Tori DalSanto.

“It just all came together,” coach Formolo said. “Their girls really played hard. They didn’t quit.”

While Flivver freshman goalie Abby Person got the shutout, Mountaineer goalie and “birthday girl” Hannah Hakamaki frustrated the opposition with several stops of line drives.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” said interim coach Jeff Porier, whose Mountaineers did make a good showing with a couple wins in a recent tournament at Marquette. “There’s a lot of young girls coming back that will do well.”

Formolo will be out of town next week and miss the season’s final matches with Lakeland (Tuesday) and Three Lakes (Friday). Assistant coach Katie Mendina will guide the Flivvers.