For the second time this spring, Grand Haven’s varsity girls soccer team put up a valiant effort, only to fall a goal short against state-ranked East Kentwood.
The Falcons edged the Buccaneers on Thursday, 1-0, scoring in the opening half.
Grand Haven pushed players forward in the second half, but couldn’t manage the equalizer.
“This was a tale of two halves,” said Bucs’ coach Jared Kram, whose team is now 4-4-2 overall and 2-3-1 in league play. “The first half, they put us on our heels and we played reactionary soccer. The second half, we changed things up, moved payers forward. We controlled much of the second half. We were much more dangerous.”
Kram credited Mallory Beswick with playing outstanding in the middle.
“She wins all the 50-50s around her,” Kram said. “She drives through tackles. She’s just a dominant player in the middle. Roxy Glasser coming out of the back was fantastic, as were Hannah Kenny and Lanny Kenny.”
Rachel VanZytveld also played well for the Bucs.
Junior Varsity: Grand Haven scored a 3-1 win over East Kentwood. Paige Wagenmaker, Taylor Face and Sarah Fojtik scored goals for the Bucs.
Freshmen: Grand Haven pounded East Kentwood, 4-0.