Western Michigan Christian girl’s soccer kept rolling Thursday night, scoring a second consecutive 8-0 victory in Division 4 district play.
The Warriors were lead by junior forward, Alexys Riksen, who knocked in four goals in the victory over North Muskegon.
Riksen took advantage of opportunities when they were presented to her, which is something she has been working on lately.
“On my breakaways, I will usually panic and hit it right into the keeper, or I will completely miss the goal so today I was really calm about those,” the prolific scorer said.
Riksen scored her first goal after the Warriors were already up 2-0 midway through the first half off an assist from sophomore teammate Taylor Denison.
Only a few minutes later, Riksen was tackled inside the box, resulting in a red card and loss of player for the Norsemen of North Muskegon. Riksen capitalized on the ensuing penalty shot, extending WMC’s lead to 4-0 with over 12 minutes remaining in the first half.
WMC got one more goal before the half, this one off the foot of senior Alyssa Benedict. The goal pushed the lead to 5-0, giving the Warriors a commanding advantage heading into the half.
The second half consisted of more of the same from Western Michigan Christian. The Warriors wasted no time as Riksen shot and scored less than a minute and a half into the period. Riksen added her forth and final goal eight minutes later to make it 7-0 and one goal away from the automatic victory.
Much to the pleasure of her teammates and the home fans at Warrior Field, Benedict netted her second goal of the game, providing the final blow the Warriors needed to secure the victory.
“We are just trying to be focused,” said WMC coach David Hulings, whose team is now 16-1-1 overall and ranked No. 4 in the state. “We are trying to play good soccer. … We gave them things that they had to do and they executed really well.
“Our three forwards work so well together that if you try to stop one, the other two are right there. I haven’t had a group of forwards that have been so unselfish. They are always looking for the extra pass and that’s what makes us dangerous because we have three excellent forwards and even if you stop one, you have the other two to deal with.”
The Warriors will play for the district championship against rival Muskegon Catholic Central on Saturday. That game will be on the Crusaders’ home field at 11 a.m.
- By Logan Pellegrom, Tribune Correspondent