Sara Swanson

Girls Varsity Soccer raises money to fight blindness and becomes ISL East champions

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Group photo with both teams at Battle for Sight game. Photo courtesy of Manchester High School Soccer.

Manchester Lady Dutch Girls Varsity soccer team had a busy week. On Monday they competed against the Grass Lake Lady Warriors taking part in the first ever Battle 4 Sight game in support of Diuble Family Vision and by Thursday night they were ISL East Champions!

The Battle For Sight had originally been scheduled for April but was rescheduled because of weather. All t-shirts sales and concessions during the game went to the Diuble Family Vision organization to help fight blindness. Manchester defeated Grass Lake 4 to 1. Not only did we win the game, but Angela Diuble considers the fundraising portion of the event a “huge success!” The game was well attended. The weather was beautiful. And the Bechler Family food truck did well and generously donated all the profit to Battle 4 Sight.

“We are overwhelmed, once again,” Mrs. Diuble said, “at the love and support shown to us.” Mrs. Diuble went on to say that her daughters also had a very good experience: “Abby had fun socializing with everyone and showing off her sassy new VisionWalk t-shirts. Lilly enjoyed herself immensely! She loves those girls and was so honored to be part of the team if only just for a day.”

The Diubles were especially touched when a girl from Grass Lake (#7) asked Lilly if she could pray with her. They held hands and prayed before the start of the game. After the game, when Mrs. Diuble was thanking the GL team the Grass Lake player came and gave Mrs. Diuble a hug.

“We overwhelmed and so appreciative of the support.” Mrs. Diuble said. “We are thankful to the teams, coaches, schools, parents, both communities, Bechler’s concessions and all of the sponsors for making the first annual Battle for Sight a HUGE success!”

Game t-shirts are still available for sale (email kcole@mcs.k12.mi.us). People can still donate at diublefamilyvision.org

The team played again on Tuesday May 16, when the Lady Dutch hosted Columbia Central in an ISL showdown to gain sole possession of first place. The Lady Dutch overcame an early two goal deficit and finished off four straight goals to defeat the Lady Eagles 4-2.

On Thursday, May 18, Lady Dutch headed to Onsted knowing they needed a win to secure the ISL East championship. Goals from Hannah Woods and Rayna Edwards were enough to secure that win. The Lady Dutch become ISL East Champions with 2 league games still to go in the season!

Photo courtesy of Manchester High School Soccer.

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