Fruitport’s varsity boys soccer team trailed Fremont 4-1 at halftime Thursday evening.
The Trojans then scored four unanswered goals in the second half to battle back for a 5-4 victory over the Packers.
Noah Hendricks, Zack Shane and Bryant Rebone scored goals after halftime to tie the game, then Rebone scored again, assisted by Hendricks, for the game-winner with six minutes remaining.
“It was not a pretty game of technical soccer by the Trojans, but it was beautiful to see the players put the first half behind them and play with determination, grit and confidence that they could turn things around,” said coach Greg Kobylak.
Hendricks scored the Trojans’ first-half goal, assisted by Kyle Winger.
The game was delayed for an hour late in the first half due to lightning, but it never rained, Kobylak said.
Fruitport is now 3-2 on the year overall and 1-0 in league play.
Junior Varsity: The Trojans opened their season ith a 3-0 win.
WMC TOPS GR PREP
After scoring mercy-rule victories over Grand River Prep twice last year, Western Michigan Christian headed to Grand Rapids confident they would score another easy win on Thursday.
That wasn’t the case, as the Warriors had to fight to the end in a 3-1 victory.
“Grand River Prep caught us unprepared, mostly because as a coach I did what I have told players never to do: Disrespect your opponent,” said coach David Hulings after the game. “Since we mercied them twice last year, we assumed they would be on the same level. We were quite surprised and they earned our respect.”
The game was shortened due to weather delays to just 30-minute halves. The first half ended at 0-0. Dylan Mines scored for WMC to make it 1-0 early in the second half, then moments later, Mines scored again for a 2-0 lead.
Grand River Prep scored with 10 minutes remaining, then WMC made it 3-1 on a goal by Ben Mast.
Eric Bourdo played well on defense for WMC, while Matt Vanderploeg was outstanding at center midfield, especially after halftime.
Junior Varsity: WMC knocked off Grand River Prep, 7-0. Johnny Finley scored twice while Will TenCate, Chance Larson, Owen Alfree, Adam VanHoven and Caden Riksen added goals.