The Lakers held a 1-0 halftime lead, before blowing the game open in the second half with three goals.
“We had some chances early on, but we didn’t convert. We got one later in the half to take a lead, but our offense didn’t really find its groove until the second half,” said Spring Lake head coach Jeremy Thelen. “We played well defensively against Grand Haven on Tuesday, so I was happy to see our offense clicking tonight.”
Sophomore Malachi Mulder scored two goals to lead the Lakers (3-4-1), while Patrick Lee and Charlie Parker each added one.
Senior keeper Adam Boes made three saves in net to record the win.
Fruitport soccer picks up big win
The Fruitport soccer team recorded a big O-K Black Conference win over defending conference champion Jenison on Thursday, 5-2.
The host Trojans fell behind early on in the game when Jenison scored seven minutes into play, but Fruitport responded quickly with two goals to take a 2-1 lead at halftime.
Senior forward Zach Shane scored at the 28:12 mark of the first half on an assist from Logan Fielding. The duo combined to score again at the 6:53 of the first half.
The second half was all Trojans, as Eli VerMerris scored five minutes into the second half on an assist from Bryce LaNore. Shane added an unassisted goal shortly after that to build a 4-1 lead.
Jenison scored late in the game to draw the Wildcats within two goals, before Shane finished off a great night with a penalty-kick goal with three minutes left.
Junior keeper Connor Hines made seven saves in net for Fruitport.
The Trojans are now 3-4 overall and 2-0 in the O-K Black Conference. They play at Mona Shores on Saturday.
WMC soccer routs Manistee
The Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team made short work of Manistee on Thursday night.
The Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead and rolled to a 7-0 shutout home win in their first Lakes Eight Conference clash of the season.
“Manistee came in undefeated tonight, so it was great to not only beat them, but to keep them totally off the scoreboard,” said WMC head coach David Hulings. “It was hard to get the energy up that we had for Mona Shores on Tuesday, but I thought the boys did what they had to in the first half to work into the game.
“In the second half, we saw them play how they play when they are having fun and making each other look good. No one player is trying to show up another. It was fun soccer to watch.”
Tyler VanBeek scored two goals and added one assist to lead the Warriors (7-1, 1-0 Lakes Eight), while Owen Alfree added two goals.
Jordan Wisniewski, Adam Van Hoven and Hayden Hubers each added one goal; while Evan Fles, JohnScott Finley and Garrett Pollack each added one assist.
Junior varsity: WMC defeated Manistee, 6-0. Isaac VanHoeven and Michael TenCate each scored twice for the Warriors, while Dylan Suszks and Nick Moser each had goals.
Ethan VanOrman recorded the shutout in net.
GH soccer plays to a draw
The Grand Haven boys soccer team played to a 1-1 tie against West Ottawa on Thursday night in an O-K Red Conference showdown.
West Ottawa scored first when they converted off a corner kick ball that bounced around before being sent past keeper Jake Thayer. Grand Haven evened things up with a Conner Lund goal off a Joe Walsh assist. The game was tied at 1-1 at half. The second half proved to be a scoreless draw ending the game at 1-1.
"I thought we were building some momentum and the goal off the corner kick certainly switched some of that,” said Grand Haven head coach Aaron Dean. “Our guys did a good job staying focused and getting the equalizer. Joe made a nice pass from the left side to Conner who made nice move before hitting his shot.
"In the second half, I really felt like we carried more of the play, but just couldn't find the back of the net. I give a lot of credit to West Ottawa. They played tough. Their forwards played really well and made them dangerous for a counter attack."
The Bucs (4-1-2 overall, 1-1-1 O-K Red) hosts Hudsonville on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.
SL volleyball downs Allendale
The Spring Lake girls volleyball team took on O-K Blue Conference foe Allendale on the road Thursday night, coming away with a 3-1 victory.
The Lakers took Set 1 convincingly, 25-12, before dropping a close response by the Falcons in Set 2, 22-25. A dominating third set, 25-9, put Spring Lake back in the driver’s seat before they finished off with a 25-13 victory.
“Allendale played a good second set and came from behind to force passing errors on us, causing us to get out of synch,” Spring Lake head coach Sarah Bulthuis said. “Other than that, we dominated the match. I am pleased with our blocking as it continues to improve, but we still need to be more consistent on our passing to be able to use all of our hitters.”
Madeline Zenas led all over the court for the Lakers with 26 assists, eight kills and three blocks, all team highs.
Lauren Hellman matched Zenas at the net with three blocks, and led from the service line with five aces, while Carley Bench led on defense with 18 digs.
Jenna Core took the kill count crown, with 18 on the day.
The Lakers return to the court against Sparta on Thursday.