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Injury-ravaged Edsel Ford salvages goalless draw with area rival Crestwood – Press and Guide

Edsel Ford’s Baraka Saeed, white jersey, and Crestwood’s Lama Soueidan try to create separation from the other while chasing a loose ball in a non-league girls soccer match on May 10, 2024. Saeed’s Thunderbirds and Soueidan’s Chargers ultimately played to a goalless draw in the last meeting between the two rivals. (SAMANTHA ELLIOTT – for MediaNews Group)

DEARBORN HEIGHTS – Two days after a tough match against Downriver League opponent Brownstown Woodhaven, the Dearborn Edsel Ford girls soccer team bounced back with an improved performance against local foe Dearborn Heights Crestwood.

While this wasn’t necessarily the outcome either team wanted, the Thunderbirds and host Chargers played to a scoreless draw after 80 minutes.

“Tonight was much better after a tough game against Woodhaven; much better,” said Edsel Ford coach Mohamed Saad. “We didn’t come up with the right plan not to have our goalkeeper and today we decided to go for Maisy (Gerlach).

“(Gerlach) is a field player and she kept us in the game and relieved us of the pressure at the back by clearing the ball for us,” Saad added. “It was really nice to have her back there.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Girls Soccer – Dearborn Edsel Ford vs. Dearborn Heights Crestwood

Both sides battled through the 80 minutes with fairly clean play, solid scoring attempts and good communication from teammates both on the pitch and on the sidelines, but ultimately failed to score.

In the final 20 minutes, each team had a handful of scoring opportunities, with each netminder keeping their respective team in the game. Whether it was diving to cover the ball or quickly knocking it out of the way, the two goalies kept zeros on the board.

Although he would have liked the win, Saad said his team is still improving every day amid ongoing concerns about recent injuries to his squad.

“Just do better every day,” he said of their focus. “Every time we step up, we try to do better; complete another pass, make another run, just be better individually and that will help the team.

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Crestwood captain Sarah Hazime, #12 in blue, gets tangled up with Edsel Ford’s Vivian Arsenault during the second half of the final rivalry battle between the two region programs on May 10, 2024. (SAMANTHA ELLIOTT – For MediaNews Group)

As the season progresses under Saad, who is in his first year at the helm of Edsel, he is happy with the way his younger players have developed.