Third time Squired
Jul 21, 2015 at 2:38 PM
The Western Michigan Christian soccer team ran into its kryptonite on Wednesday night, ending another super season.
Two-time defending state champion Grandville Calvin Christian ended WMC's postseason run for a third straight year, defeating the Warriors in a Division 4 regional semifinal at Cedar Springs High School, 3-1.
"It's heartbreaking," said senior Mykayla Dennison. "It's like I had another senior friend tell me, 'Something inside you just goes away.' It really does. Knowing that this was your last game ever. It was especially hard for me because this is the last time I'll ever play with my sister (Taylor). So, that was hard.
"It hurts, but I'm proud of this team. I'm so proud of them. They helped me have one of the most incredible senior years I could have asked for. I wouldn't have asked for anything else. … I love these girls."
It was WMC who took a 1-0 lead into the halftime break on Wednesday, but Calvin Christian did not take long to respond in the second half, scoring twice in the first three minutes.
The Squires' Sarah Klunder found the back of the net just 90 seconds into the half, while teammate Hilary Curry scored off a corner kick less than a minute and a half later.
The squads battled back-and-forth for the remainder of the second half, with Calvin Christian maintaining its one-goal lead until the final few minutes. It was the Squires' final score, with 3:05 remaining, that put the nail in the coffin to the Warriors' season.
"It was that third goal, with three minutes left, it's like, 'That's it,' Dennison said. "I never stopped fighting, but I knew that was it."