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Check out details of Fremont’s first girls district soccer title since 2009

Riley Chase’s goal in the first OT period proves the difference in Packers’ thrilling 2-1 victory over Montague.

Fremont girls soccer players and coaches pose for a team photo after defeating Montague, 2-1 in overtime, in a Division 3 district finals game Friday, May 31, 2024, in Manistee, Mich. (Photo by Melissa King for CatchMark)

The nucleus of Fremont’s girls soccer team played key roles in the school’s girls basketball squad assembling an unforgettable season and capturing a district title in the winter.

Apparently, that group of Packers and the rest of their soccer teammates aren’t done winning trophies and making history.

Fremont edged Montague, 2-1 in an overtime thriller, to seize a Division 3 girls district soccer championship Friday night at Manistee’s Mariner Field. It’s the first district title for Packers girls soccer since 2009.

A goal by Packers junior Riley Chase with 5:34 left in the first overtime period broke a 1-1 tie and helped secure the hardware.

Fremont (15-4-1) advances to Tuesday’s 5 p.m. regional semifinal at Clare’s Brookwood Athletic Complex, where the Packers will take on former conference foe Howard City Tri County (17-7-0). The Packers beat the Vikings, 5-2, in a regular-season matchup May 3 at Fremont.

Tri County rolled through its district with a 9-2 win over Shepherd and 8-0 finals victory over Clare. Fremont powered past Whitehall in the district semifinals, 7-1, before facing a stiffer test against Montague (12-7-2).

Chase was a key player for Fremont’s girls basketball team, as was junior Mia Clemence, who got the Packers soccer team on the board for a 1-0 lead over Montague five minutes into Friday’s contest. Maddie Mater notched the assist.

Montague tied the match at 1 on a goal by Zaniya Meza-Wilson off a corner kick by Braylyn Bultema with 13:25 remaining in the first half.

Clemence picked up the assist on Chase’s game-winning goal.

Fremont outshot Montague, 13-9. Packers keeper Hailie Snyder made eight saves. Addison Pranger had 11 stops for Montague.

This was Fremont’s second win of the season over Montague. The Packers defeated the Wildcats, 9-4, on May 13 in Fremont.

Fremont girls soccer coach Steve Vissia also guided the Packers’ boys team to a district title in the fall.

Fremont junior Riley Chase at girls basketball media day (Courtney Jimison | CatchMark)

Fremont junior Mia Clemence at girls basketball media day (Courtney Jimison | CatchMark)

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