However, the Sailors took advantage of a penalty kick opportunity and added the game-winning goal with five minutes left in regulation to take a 3-2 win over the Buccaneers.
Alli Keyser scored two goals to lead the Bucs (1-3-2), while Olivia Buitenhuis added one assist.
Lindsay Vander Meer made five saves in net.
Sarah Mikesell scored two goals to lead the Sailors.
Grand Haven started the scoring off with a goal by Alli Keyser at the 7-minute mark of the first half from the right side of the field. Mona Shores’ Sarah Mikesell tied the game at one with 2:32 left in the first half.
Four and a half minutes into the second half, a through ball from Olivia Buitenhuis to Alli Keyser resulted in another score for the Grand Haven Buccaneers.
A penalty against Grand Haven at the 8-minute mark of the second half led to an own goal, tying the game at 2-2. With 5:12 left in regulation, Mona Shores' Sarah Mikesell added her second goal of the contest off a long ball from the Sailors’ goalkeeper.
Grand Haven girls tennis finish third in Traverse City
The Grand Haven girls tennis team finished in third place at a very competitive tournament in Traverse City on Saturday at the Grand Traverse YMCA. Host Traverse City Central and West Ottawa finished tied for first place with 19 points, while Grand Haven finished with six and Holt ended with four.
The Bucs’ best finish of the day was by Kelsey Lanksy, who finished second overall at No. 2 singles. All of the singles players (Julia Bachmann, Lansky, Alyssa Yeager and Felicity Alder) won a match as well as the No. 4 doubles team of Hannah Staal and Laura Slocum.
“Although we did not end up winning more matches, we were in most of them, which is a good sign,” said Grand Haven head coach Chris Wilton. “We had to play eight games in pro-sets due to the rain and many of our losses were 8-5 or 8-6. So, we are close to being able to compete with the stronger teams, but need to finish better. West Ottawa and Traverse City Central regularly go to the state championships and that is our goal.
“Individually, Kelsey played very solid tennis in her two wins and showed very good hustle throughout those matches. Alyssa Yeager was also playing well, as she won her first match at No. 3 singles and then was ahead of West Ottawa, 5-2, before she rolled her ankle badly and had to stop playing.”
The Buccaneers begin conference play on today at home (4 p.m.) against Rockford.
SL boys golf finishes second at Kenowa Hills Invite
The Spring Lake boys golf team finished second overall at Saturday’s Kenowa Hills Invitational, carding a 319.
NorthPointe Christian recorded a 300 to take top honors, followed by the Lakers (319), host Kenowa Hills (334), Allendale (337) and Coopersville (353).
Nick Krueger carded a 72 to tie for top individual honors at the event. Also scoring for the Lakers were: Zach Lisman (77), Connor Tebelman (83) and Jack Johnson (87).
WMC soccer splits weekend doubleheader
The Western Michigan Christian girls soccer team finished 1-1 at Saturday’s North-South Challenge at Warrior Field at Western Michigan Christian High School.
The Warriors lost their first match to Harbor Springs, 3-0.
“That was a disappointing game to start the day,” said WMC head coach David Hulings. “We have so much more to show than what we showed on our field in front of our fans. The girls will have a lot of work to do to correct the issues. But, at least we know the capacity is there; we just have to put it together.
“The junior varsity players that were brought up for this tournament did a great job. It would be nice to have them for the season, but we are so limited on numbers. Chloe Mitchell and Grace VanBeek were outstanding. They showed they can play at this level. Madison Pearce also did a great job on defense.
“We have growing to do, but the talent is there.”
In the final game of the tournament, the Warriors came back from a two-goal deficit to tie Charlevoix, 2-2.
“This was a great comeback to earn the point,” Hulings added. “We had some good work after we figured some things out. We made some halftime adjustments, and it worked for a couple of goals. But, it was more the mental adjustment after losing the first three halves of these games.
“I thought we got some great movement out of our forwards — Morgan Kinnucan, Anna Sytsema and Lauren Myers. They figured out some runs and that was very helpful for our distribution of the attack.”
WMC track teams compete at Houseward Invitational
The Western Michigan Christian boys and girls track teams traveled to Hudsonville Unity Christian on Saturday to take on a loaded field at the Houseward Invitational.
The Warrior boys squad finished ninth with six points on the day, while the girls squad finished 10th with eight points.
“It was a tough day with super windy conditions and some difficult competition,” said WMC girls coach Beth Annema. “There were some solid performances, but going against Class A and B schools makes it tougher, but shows us what we need to do to compete.
“We did have some great performances by two of our pole vaulters, who are the first pole vaulters in WMC girls track and field history. Cassie Waller and Natalie VanHouwelingen both cleared their opening height at 6-0, and Cassie went on to get 6-6 in the next round. Another highlight of the day was Kylie Luhring, who finished third in the discus with a personal record throw of 93-8.”
On the boys side, Tyler Somers finished fourth in the 300-meter (46.72 seconds), while the 2-mile relay of Eli Rotman, Jack Zuidema, Seth VanderKooi and Andrew Plaisier finished sixth (9 minutes, 17.55 seconds) and the 1-mile relay of Johnscott Finley, Dan Ray, Somers and Ben DeKryger also grabbed a sixth-place finish (3:53.22).
“The team ran well despite the windy conditions and walked away with multiple season bests and personal records,” said WMC boys coach Josh Scholma. “Special recognition to discus throwers Evan Ruiter (100-0) and Reece Butrick (101-1) for cracking the 100-mark for the first time in a milestone for discus throwers. Evan did so by throwing 19 feet further than he ever has before. We continue to improve and are looking forward to our next conference meet at Ludington.”
WMC baseball splits at Marsh Field
The Western Michigan Christian baseball team split in its two appearances at Marsh Field in Muskegon on Saturday.
The Warriors lost to Grant, 8-4, in the opening game of the day. The team responded quickly with an 11-1 thrashing of Muskegon in the second game of the day to finish 1-1 in the tournament.
“Today, we improved in a lot of areas from our first game on Thursday,” said WMC head coach Chris VanHekken. “I was really impressed with Cam Waller, Michael Kamps and Jamo Goorman today on the mound. Cam pitched a solid five innings against a good Grant baseball team, striking out four batters and only allowing one earned run.
“However, defensively, we had a couple of miscues that ended up costing us the game in the sixth inning. It was a 1-run game until the sixth, but we battled and finished the game playing well.”
In Game 2, Michael Kamps pitched a gem for the Warriors, striking out five batters over four innings, while Jamo Goorman added a solid two-inning outing with three strikeouts.
“It was fantastic to have two freshmen throwing strikes and pitching so effectively for us,” VanHekken added. “Defensively, Casey Fink made a great diving catch in Game 1, Brant Zeerip and Jake Moser also played very well defensively for us today.”
Tyler Van Beek recorded four hits and scored three runs to lead the WMC offense, while Cam Waller added three hits.
Also adding key contributions for the Warriors were: Brant Zeerip and Cam Beisel, who each had two hits on the day and Nick Moser, scored four runs.