With the win, Spring Lake advances to Saturday’s regional final against Grand Rapids Christian, a 2-1 winner over Forest Hills Northern on Wednesday.
“We were hoping to be No. 1 all season,” said Lakers’ senior Alec Strahl, whose goal with 90 seconds remaining put an exclamation point on the Lakers’ victory. “We thought we deserved it, and this was our chance to prove it.
“This game was sheer effort for us. We just wanted it more. This was a big statement game for us.”
The Lakers got a huge boost early in the game when Tanner Berg scored his third goal in the past two games. Berg took advantage of a scrum in front of the Panthers’ goal and slid a shot underneath DeWitt goalie Nick Iacobellis for a 1-0 lead just 14 minutes, 28 seconds into the game.
“Once we got that first goal, we could play a defensive-minded game and just take our chances when they presented themselves,” said Lakers’ defender Ben Keller, who assisted on Strahl’s late goal. “I felt like we limited their chances the best we could.”
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