The Buccaneers’ Zack Thomas scored the game’s first goal, on a free kick from around 50 yards out that the Jenison goalie lost sight of in a mix of Bucs and Wildcats.
Jenison returned the favor early in the second half.
“Obviously the tension and anxiety goes up at that point,” said head coach Aaron Dean. It was pretty back and forth.”
Nick Scarpino eased that tension a little bit, scoring at the right side of the net with 19:44 left to play.
The Bucs took a more defensive-minded approach after that, hanging on for the victory.
“It certainly wasn’t our best team performance, but what’s most important is that we advanced,” Dean said. “Even though it wasn’t going our way for portions, the kid stayed in it — we didn’t allow the adversity to get to us. Even though it wasn’t pretty, we still found way to be successful in supporting each other. That’s probaly the most important lesson we take going forward.”
Grand Haven will face Okemos in regional play at Caledonia on Tuesday. The start time is 7:30 p.m.