Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Western Michigan Christian each punched their tickets to Saturday's state championship games in their respective divisions with semifinal victories tonight.
In the Bucs' Division 1 semifinals contest against Troy at Holt High School, Jake VanderLaan scored the game's first goal 29 seconds into the second half, and Haven's defense secured the shutout the rest of the way. Grand Haven will be making its first finals appearance and will challenge Canton, which defeated Warren DeLaSalle tonight, 1-0. A site and time for the title game has yet to be determined.
In the Division 2 semifinals at Plainwell High School, Spring Lake received a penalty kick goal from Adam Clauss and later added a header goal by Riley Kammeraad to take a 2-0 lead at the half over Mattawan. The Lakers' fast and furious midfield and defense did the rest, ensuring the shutout victory and helping Spring Lake advance to its first state title game.
Spring Lake will play Auburn Hills Avondale, which defeated Bloomfield Hills Andover, 2-1. The site and time of the contest also has yet to be announced.
In WMC's Division 4 semifinal at Cedar Springs, the Warriors turned in a strong all-around effort in blanking Kalamazoo Hackett, 2-0. WMC will face an old finals nemesis, Allen Park Inter-City Baptist in Saturday's final at a yet-to-be-determined site.
For a complete recap on all three semifinal victories, check out Thursday's print or E-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.