WMC soccer ties Oakridge

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:27 PM

A pair of 2012 soccer state semifinalists, Western Michigan Christian and host Oakridge, played to a 2-2 tie Friday night.

The Lady Warriors, now 1-1-1 on the season, got on the board midway through the first half when Alexys Riksen fired a long shot that ricocheted off an Oakridge defender and past the keeper.

The Eagles tied it up with 2.9 seconds left in the half when a ball deflected off a Warrior defender.

Junior Mykayla Denison took the ball far done the left side of the field, but lost it to an Oakridge defender. Denison battled the defender, won the ball back and blasted a shot past the keeper to put WMC up 2-1. Less than two minutes later, the Eagles got the ball in front of the WMC goal and booted it past the keeper to tie the game at two all.

The Lady Warriors out shot the Eagles 11 to 10 and WMC keeper Lindsey Johnson had nine saves.

"This was a great game by two teams who went to their own divisional semi-final games last year.   We are both young and both have some good things going for us, WMC coach David Hulings said. "Oakridge was a very good passing team on their artificial turf.  They controlled most of the game with their passing.  We were content to let them move the ball around and not allow penetration."

"Ali Langeland was our only senior tonight and what a great game of both leadership and keeping the other team out of the net.   She did a great job of organizing us and making sure we didn't leave players unmarked in the box.  As well as their team was disciplined with passing, we were as equally disciplined by not trying to win foolish balls.   Alyssa Wright and Miki Dennison also played well in the back."

"Lexi (Riksen) and Jessica (Kinnucan) are learning each game how to work better at the top.  It was a great effort to see them play off each other.  Mikaela Erickson did a great job, especially in the second half to create opportunities for us."

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