Soccer roundup: Bucs' offense unleashes on West Ottawa

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:33 PM

Grand Haven and West Ottawa have locked horns in some epic soccer battles over the years.

Tuesday wasn’t one of them.

The Buccaneers held an astounding 32-9 advantage in shots on goal and overwhelmed the rival Panthers, 4-0.

Courtney Springer scored a pair of goals for the Bucs, who had lost two of their last three games coming into the contest.

Mallory Beswick and Claire Borchers also scored for Grand Haven.

Beswick also had three assists for the Bucs, while Lydia Weykamp also assisted on a goal.

Faith Platz and Veronica Booth combined to make six saves to record the shutout in goal.

The Bucs host Hudsonville on Thursday, then play at Spring Lake on Saturday.

Junior Varsity: Grand Haven scored a 3-0 win over West Ottawa. Mackenzie Burkhardt and Jennifer Thompson each had a goal and an assist while Lindsey DeWitt also scored. Emma Kemink added an assist, while Lindsey Sherman recorded the shutout in goal.

Freshmen: The Bucs suffered a 2-0 loss at West Ottawa.


Host Western Michigan Christian moved to 3-0 in the River Valley Conference Tuesday with their sixth straight win, a 2-1 victory over Tri-Unity Christian.

With 19 minutes remaining in the game, the Warriors’ Allison Langeland nailed a 35-yard direct kick that bounced over the keeper’s head and into the twine to put WMC ahead 2-1.

WMC got on the board first when junior Mykayla Denison sent a great cross to freshman Breau Fein, who put it past the Tri-Unity keeper.

The Defenders tied the game early in the second half when the Warriors were unable to clear a ball in front of their goal and Katie Wierenga got her foot on it and slid it into the net.

 WMC outshot Tri-Unity 23-5 and keeper Lindsey Johnson had four saves for the Warriors, who are now 6-1-1 overall.

“The heat surprised both teams and the play on both sides was showing the first game in the high temps,” WMC coach David Hulings said. “But I think our conditioning paid off and we were able to outlast Tri-Unity more than we beat them.  The goal Alli scored was a great lift for us.

“We have come to not be surprised by her strikes anywhere on the field.”   

Junior Varsity: Brianna Garceau scored a hat trick to lead the Warriors to a 3-0 win. 

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