“We made it a goal this season to beat Spring Lake since they beat us last year,” said Weykamp, who also scored the Bucs’ first goal of the contest. “We have this thing on our team that after any goal, the next five minutes are crucial, and I just took advantage of the open net. I got a great throw-in from Claire Pepper.”
Weykamp came through in the clutch despite being knocked out of the game late in the first half on a ball off her own foot. Weykamp unloaded on a ball that deflected straight back into her face, sending her to the bench for several minutes.
“I got nailed in the face by the ball. I had blurry vision for a while, but I was OK,” Weykamp said with a laugh.
Weykamp and Spring Lake’s Morgan Gagnon scored first-half goals as the game was tied 1-1 at halftime.
It looked like it might stay 1-1 as much of the second half was played in the midfield, with few good scoring chances mixed in.
The Buccaneers finally broke the tie with 17 minutes remaining as Sarah Kober got behind the Lakers’ defense and slid a shot past a charging Cook for a 2-1 Grand Haven lead.
Ten minutes later, with 7:28 remaining in the game, the Lakers tied it when Kippe took a pass and drove toward the left goal post, then hit a shot back to her right that eluded Buccaneer goalie Faith Platz, tying the game at 2-2.
“We have a fighting spirit,” Lakers’ coach Jeremy Thelen said. “I give credit to those players. Kelsey Kippe was everywhere tonight.
“Aliina’s a great player, but we gave her a lot of space and she took advantage.”
Thelen said his team has been involved in several games against Division 1 schools this spring. The Lakers have come close in several of those games, but have yet to get a win.
“We’ve had a lot of these this year. We want to learn from them, but we also need one of these to break our way,” he said.
For the Buccaneers, this was their second consecutive victory scored in the final minutes of a game. They beat West Ottawa last Friday on a goal in the closing minute.
“All the credit goes to the girls,” coach Cor Damhuis said. “The desire some of these girls have, they were not going to lose this one.
“It wasn’t pretty. We played a lot of boot ball, and we played a lot of reactionary soccer, but it’s a win, and that’s the bottom line. We’re about halfway through the season, and we’re seeing improvement every time.”
Damhuis was pleased with the efforts of both Aliina Weykamp and that of her sister, Lydia Weykamp. In addition, defender Stephanie Tabor played well, as did Belle Vanderlaan at stopper.
Grand Haven hosts Rockford on Friday.
Junior Varsity: Grand Haven defeated Spring Lake, 2-0, behind goals from Claire Borchers and Lindy Vallier. Mallory Beswick and Rachel Vanzytveld added assists while Veronica Booth earned the shutout in goal.