“They came to play, our hats off to them,” WMC head coach Devid Hulings said.
The Warriors came out hustling, putting two shots on goal in the first five minutes of play, but it was the Comets who struck first 11 minutes into the game.
WMC continued to put shots toward the Leland net, but couldn’t beat the keeper until the 37th minute of the opening half, when Evan Fles finally snuck one by, assisted by Owen Alfree, to tie the game at one.
Nine seconds before halftime, Brandon Fles gave the Warriors the lead, again assisted by Alfree.
Leland evened the score and pulled ahead with two goals in just five minutes halfway through the second half, and iced the victory with a 75th-minute goal.
The loss drops WMC to 15-2 on the season with just two games remaining before a playoff run. They take on Muskegon Catholic Central in a rivalry match today at noon before finishing the year at Holland.
The Warriors will play host to their district tournament, featuring rival MCC, North Muskegon, who eliminated them from the tournament last season and NorthPointe Christian, who handed the Warriors their first loss this year.
“We now know what we have to do to reach our goal,” Hulings said after Friday’s loss. “The good news is that all our goals are still in front of us. We now have to prepare hard to reach them. We now know how to prepare.”