Zach Shane continued his scoring tear after breaking the Fruitport school record for career goals in their last outing, netting two against the Rockets. Logan Fielding secured the win with the Trojans’ third goal.
Cam Shultz and Cody Mayette recorded assists in the victory, while Kaleb Krueger earned the nod as “Man of the Match” with stellar play at middle defense and two saves as a reserve keeper.
Fruitport outshot their opponent, 13-10. Reeths-Puffer orchestrated more than a few dangerous scoring chances, but couldn’t convert on a stalwart Trojan defense.
Connor Hines anchored that defense in goal, recording eight saves in 76 minutes played, before being forced out by injury. Krueger stepped in for the final four minutes, while defender Luke Hronek did his park with two goal line blocks.
“The senior set the tone today,” Kobylak said. “Aside from the goal scorers, Brendan Kemme, Ryan Bytwerk, Jerry Bosse and Eli VerMerris are filling roles that winning teams require. All 18 healthy Trojans made nice contributions for the win to finish off a key week of conference matches.”
GH soccer downs Rockford
The Grand Haven boys soccer team used an explosive first half to defeat O-K Red Conference rival Rockford on Thursday night, 5-2.
The Bucs took control early, scoring a goal in the first minute of play, and netting their second in the 10th. They continued to pour on the offensive attack, scoring four by the end of the opening half.
Trent Perkins converted first off an assist by Tavin Ardell, before Connor Lund netted two of his own, assisted by Timmy and Ardell.
Lund finished off the half with an assist to Mason Mahacek for the Bucs’ fourth goal.
The two picked up right where they left off in the second half, connecting for Grand Haven’s fifth goal, this time with Mahacek on the assist to secure Lund’s hat trick.
Rockford scored both their goals in the second half, but could not muster any more of a comeback against an athletic Grand Haven defense.
WMC soccer routs MCC
The Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team dominated in their Lakes Eight Conference rivalry matchup with Muskegon Catholic Central on Thursday, earning a mercy victory, 8-0, just five minutes into the second half.
The contest was a mismatch from the outset, as the Warriors converted their first goal just seven seconds into the game on an unassisted score by Tyler VanBeek.
Six minutes later, defender Josh Paquin netted a free kick to extend the WMC lead.
In the eighth minute of play, VanBeek netted his second goal, assisted by Adam VanHoven. He would complete his hat trick in the 17th minute on another assist by VanHoven.
The Warriors gave the scoreboard a break, waiting to net their fifth goal until the 20th minute as VanHover assisted Owen Alfree. Two minutes later, Jordon grabbed his lone goal of the contest, just before Joe Hains did the same.
WMC triggered the mercy rule shortly after halftime on another goal by Paquin.
“This was another game the boys played together,” WMC head coach David Hulings said. “It could have been selfish play, but they played well together and share the ball. When they do that, it is so much fun to watch.”
The win improves the Warriors to 9-1 overall and 3-0 in the Lakes Eight.
Junior varsity: WMC defeated Kenowa Hills, 5-0. Brandon Eenigenberg scored twice while Micheal TenCate, Nick Moser and Isaac VanHoven also scored.
Grand Haven spikers fall to Hudsonville
The Grand Haven volleyball squad traveled to Hudsonville on Thursday for their first O-K Red Conference road match of the season.
The Eagles used superior passing and defense to upend the Buccaneers in straight sets, 25-15, 25-20 and 25-21.
“In many phases, they played better than us. They passed a lot better than we did, and I thought that was a big factor in the game,” said Grand Haven head coach Aaron Smaka. “Our first contact was not great. We served well, but we weren’t able to put everything together. Tonight was the first big conference match for a lot of the kids.
“I was proud of the effort that the girls played with, but we needed a little more intensity from time to time. We’ll get there, but this group is still learning and growing, and we’re making adjustments and move on from here.”
Ashley Slater and Olivia Boeve each had seven kills to lead the Bucs, while Ashlyn Hall had 15 assists and Lauren Jonker had four blocks.
“I thought Baby Hang played well tonight, too,” added Smaka. “She had eight digs and did an excellent job passing the ball for us.”
Junior varsity: Grand Haven fell to Hudsonville on Thursday in straight sets, 22-25 and 11-25.
Olivia Dault led the Bucs with two aces and nine digs, while Tessa Winkleman added six kills and Olivia Lovett added 10 assists.