Lakers have Bucs' number in purple-clad showdown

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:34 PM

Playing for the second time in seven days, Spring Lake again got the best of its cross-river rival as the Lakers’ varsity girls soccer team shut out the Bucs on Saturday, 2-0, in a Purple Pride game played at Buccaneer Stadium.

The Lakers, coming off their first loss of the year on Thursday against Hudsonville Unity Christian, got back to the basics of solid passing on Saturday.

“We didn’t play very well on Thursday, so it was nice to get back our winning ways and play good soccer,” said Lakers’ coach Jeremy Thelen. “We passed the ball much better, and our back three of Courntey Dockery, Alex Prout and Hailey Pellegrom played really well.”

Leeann Latsch gave the Lakers’ offense a boost. After a scoreless halftime, she scored the game’s first goal 10 minutes into the second half. She took a great pass from Mariada Gezon and streaked in on a breakaway, avoiding Bucs’ goalie Faith Platz and putting the ball in the back of the net.

The game went back-and-forth for the next 25 minutes, until the Lakers scored an insurance goal with 6 minutes remaining. Sierra Gipson received the ball near the penalty spot and sent a pass off to Brook TenBrink, who buried the shot for the 2-0 advantage.

The Lakers had beaten Grand Haven the previous Saturday during a tournament at Coopersville, 2-1.

Tonight, Spring Lake takes on another rival with much more at stake. The Lakers play at Lakes Eight Conference rival Fruitport, with the varsity game slated to begin at 6:45 p.m.

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