HED: Bucs’ booters upset No. 1-ranked EK
A victory over No. 1-ranked East Kentwood could very well be a turning point for the Grand Haven varsity boys soccer team.
The Buccaneers traveled to Kentwood and knocked off the rival Falcons on Tuesday, 2-0, in the O-K Red opener for both teams.
“East Kentwood was No. 1 in the state in the last poll, and they’re always tough, whether they’re ranked or not,” said Bucs’ coach Aaron Dean, whose team is now 3-1-4 overall. “This is good for us to know that we’re at that caliber with those teams. Now we need to become better at being more consistent. That will be our challenge going forward, not having a letdown.”
The Buccaneers were on their heels for the first 20 minutes of Tuesday’s game, but caught a break on a counterattack. The Bucs played the ball forward to Mike Moran, who fed a pass to Cameron Jerovsek. Jerovsek fired an off-balance shot from 16 yards out that tinged off the post and into the back of the net.
The Bucs added to their lead early in the second half as they played a ball ahead to Isaac Braak, whose one-timer found the back of the net.
Goalie Garrison Mast came up with several big stops in goal to maintain a clean sheet.
LAKERS WIN KEY LEAGUE MATCH
Spring Lake held off Lakes Eight Conference foe Orchard View on Tuesday, 2-0.
The Lakers scored just three minutes into the game when Keegan George fed the ball ahead to Nic Ellingboe for the go-ahead goal.
The Lakers had several other chances in the opening half, but settled for a 1-0 advantage at the half.
In the second half, Spring Lake put another goal on the scoreboard and Josh Robearge fed Ellingboe, who scored his second goal of the game.
The Lakers host Ludington on Thursday, then travel to Stevensville Lakeshore on Saturday.
Junior Varsity: Spring Lake shut out Orchard View, 8-0.
TROJANS TOP TIGERS
Fruitport pulled away in the second half to score an 8-3 win over Grant in Lakes Eight action on Tuesday.
The Trojans led 3-2 at halftime. Jacob Clendenon, Bryant Rebone and Noah Hendricks each had a goal and an assist for the Trojans, while Zach Gilson, Nick Carrier and Dalton Mullennix each scored a pair of goals.
WARRIORS WIN LEAGUE OPENER
Western Michigan Christian opened the River Valley Conference soccer season with an 8-0 win over host Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian.
The Warriors scored four goals in each half in the game that was shortened by the mercy rule with 18 minutes remaining.
Sophomore Ben Mast scored twice while Kyle Kingma, Eric Bourdo, Cody Theil, Sam Bekins, Alex Rop and Dylan Mines each had single goals.
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