Soccer Roundup: WMC wraps up River Valley title

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:39 PM

A goal midway through the first half was all host Western Michigan Christian needed Wednesday to end their perfect River Valley Conference season at 8-0.

Sophomore Alexys Riksen sent a long cross toward the goal that freshman Jessica Kinnucan headed into the net with 24 minutes remaining in the first half.

Julie Merz assisted on a Riksen goal in the closing moments of the game for a 2-0 Warrior win.

The Warriors, now 12-5-3 on the season, outshot the Crusaders 19-6 and WMC keeper Lindsey Johnson made six saves en route to the shutout.

“One of our goals was to win the conference and it was nice to accomplish that.  Not only did we win the conference, we were able to win all eight conference games,” WMC coach David Hulings said. “Covenant played us really strong tonight.  When we played them at their place it was their third game in as many nights.  Tonight they came on strong for 80 minutes.  We were down our key player in the back (Alli Langeland) but it was nice to see a sophomore, Alyssa (Wright), fill in for her and do some great things in the back.  Not only did we win, but we shut them out as well.” 

The Warriors face Orchard View tonight.

Junior Varsity: The Warriors and Chargers were tied at 2-2, but the Chargers slipped one in the goal with 40 seconds left for the win.


The No. 9-ranked Rockford girls soccer team raced past rival Grand Haven on Wednesday in an O-K Red Conference showdown, winning 4-2.

The Buccaneers got off to a strong start, leading 1-0 on a goal by Sawyer Overway, assisted by Taylor DeWitt.

Rockford tied the game four minutes later, then took a 2-1 lead in the closing minutes of the first half.

The Bucs’ Overway scored again to tie the game at 2-2 6:44 into the second half, but Rockford answered 2 minutes later, then scored again with 12 minutes remaining to secure the victory.

Junior Varsity: Grand Haven edged Rockford, 2-1, thanks to goals by Emma McDonald and Courtney Burnside, assisted by Katie Fojtik.

Freshmen: Grand Haven pounded Rockford, 5-0, thanks to a pair of goals by Haley Kalis and single goals coming off the feet of Abby Fritz, Ravyn Dewitt and Taylor Anderson.

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