He’s only a sophomore, but Mason Harloff has plenty of experience playing varsity soccer, and he realizes what it takes for his Buccaneers to be successful.
“It’s all about the team, not the individuals,” Harloff said following Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Mona Shores. “That’s what it’s going to take for us to be successful is to play as a team.”
That’s why Harloff was more interested in talking about the passes that set up his two goals, rather than the goals himself.
But the young Buccaneer stepped up when called upon, scoring Grand Haven’s first goal early in the first half.
After Mona Shores scored to tie the game early in the second, Harloff responded with his second goal to put his team back on top.
“We were just passing perfectly, and our team chemistry was great,” Harloff said. “The first goal, Christian (Dault) took the ball down the side, and I was just hanging back. He played a perfect ball, and I came in and finished.
“The second goal, a ball got slotted through. The keeper came out, and I just made a little touch pass around him and put it in the back of the net.”
Connor Jettner scored the Bucs’ third goal, assisted by Connor Davison.
Riley Taylor played well in goal before taking a kick to an already-tender ankle, forcing him to leave the game. Garrison Mast finished off the contest in net for the Bucs.
Tuesday’s win pushes Grand Haven’s record to 4-0-1 – not a bad start for a team that returns just two full-time starters from last year.
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