Soccer roundup: Bucs blitzed by Bulldogs

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:36 PM

Grand Haven’s varsity girls soccer team surrendered a season-high four goals in Thursday’s 4-2 loss to Grandville.

The Bulldogs put nine shots on goal, and Bucs’ keepers Faith Platz and Veronica Booth combined to make five saves.

Grandville scored 6 minutes, 38 seconds into the contest, then made it 2-0 16 minutes later.

They added a third goal before halftime for a 3-0 lead.

Grand Haven closed it to 3-1 when Mallory Beswick scored on a penalty kick just 1:18 into the second half, but Grandville responded with its fourth goal miadeway through the half.

The Bucs’ Taylor DeWitt scored her team’s second goal with 3:45 remaining in the game.

Lydia Weykamp had an assist for Grand Haven.

Freshmen: Grand Haven suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Grandville on Thursday. The Bucs dominated possession and shots on goal, but couldn’t beat the Bulldogs’ goalie.


Western Michigan Christian improved to 8-1-1 overall and remained unbeaten in River Valley Conference play (5-0) with Thursday’s 3-2 win over rival Muskegon Catholic Central.

MCC took an early lead on a goal by Jessica Ladd, but the Warriors struck back as Alexys Riksen scored 14:55 into the game.

Riksen scored again later in the half, then Julie Merz put one in the net to make it 3-1 WMC.

Muskegon Catholic trimmed the lead to 3-2 on Katherine Salisz’s goal with 2 minutes remaining in the half.

“What a tough game, but a good game,” said WMC coach David Hulings. “It was competitive the whole 80 minutes.

“Our three seniors in the back and sophomore Alyssa (Wright) did a great job of stopping a well-organized attack.”

The Warriors have a tough stretch ahead of them as they will face a trio of state-ranked teams on Saturday before taking on a strong Mona Shores team on Monday.

“We are about to see what we are made of,” Hulings said.

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