By RON DEUTER
KINGSFORD - Kingsford, bouncing right back from a loss at Marquette Wednesday, cruised to a comfortable 5-1 victory over Three Lakes Thursday afternoon at Commemorative Field.
"I thought we played a lot better," Flivvers head coach Todd Formolo said. "We played pretty decent in the second half at Marquette, and I thought we were ready to play today because of that."
Flivvers didn't waste time denting the scoreboard against Three Lakes, as captain Libby DeClark set up Samantha Fleming with the game's first goal within the first minute.
The duo connected again before halftime, with Fleming feeding DeClark for the Flivvers second goal.
A floater that Flivver goalie Courtney Qualley appeared to lose sight of in bright sunshine, put the visitors on the board and made it 2-1 at half. Erika Running notched the tally for Three Lakes.
But after halftime it was all Kingsford.
Santina Bianco made it 3-1 Flivvers 15 minutes into the second half with a header goal off a corner pass from Fleming.
Bianco added a second goal about five minutes later when her 15-yard shot eluded the grasp of Three Lakes' keeper.
Qualley tacked on the field marker, taking a break from net and weaving through a few defenders before finishing with a solid kick for a score.
"Today our midfield started working and gelling," Formolo said. "That's what we've been looking for and haven't had yet.
"It was a nice game. Libby stepped up as a captain. Sam stepped into midfield. Santina came to and had a header. They all wanted it today and that's what we talked about. If they want to finish the season strong, we have to start playing soccer and forget all the other stuff."
Flivvers improved to 7-1-1 and travel to Waupaca for a tournament Saturday.
U.P. tournament is a week from Saturday in Marquette.
Flivvers sophomore Kelsey Bennett suffered a lower leg injury right before halftime. She was taken off the field and to the hospital for a precautionary x-ray.