Soccer roundup: Lakers, Trojans advance in district tourney

Both Spring Lake and Fruitport advanced to the semifinal round of the Division 2 district tournament with victories on Tuesday. The Lakers blanked Kenowa Hills 5-0, while the Trojans were outshot by Reeths-Puffer but managed to pull out a 2-1 victory. Jessica Erny and Crystal White scored the Trojans' goals, with Haylie Hanks and Jordyn Stanberry providing assists. Lindsay Armstrong made four saves to keep the Trojans' season alive.
Tribune Staff
Jun 1, 2011

“Reeths-Puffer played very, very well, especially in the second half,” said Fruitport coach David Hulings, whose team is now 13-4-4 on the season. “It’ was a tough game to play but a good game for the first round of the tournament. Good play tonight by Beca German, Linsye Haan, Lena Rance and Bre Geile.”

The Trojans will face Sparta in Thursday’s district semifinal round while the Lakers play at Coopersville at 5 p.m.

Against Kenowa Hills, the Lakers jumped out to  3-0 halftime lead and crusied to victory.

Kelsey Kippe scored twice in the first half and Chezney Peel added a goal before halftime. Emily Walling and Anika Sokolow also scored for the Lakers (16-11).

Morgan Gagnon filled in for an injured Katie Albright at center midfield and provided two assists, while defender Kendall Myers was outstanding, according to coach Jeremy Thelen. Annie Cook also had a strong game, Thelen said.

Spring Lake and Coopersville were scheduled to play earlier this year, but that game was rained out.

“They’re a team we’ve handled easily in the past, but we’re not the same team, and I’m sure they’re going to have a chip on their shoulder because they’re a very improving team,” Thelen said.

WMC’S SEASON ENDS

Western Michigan Christian’s soccer season came to an end in the opening round of the Division 4 district tournament on Tuesday when host Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian beat WMC for the third time this year.

The state-ranked Mustangs scored first off a corner kick 10 minutes into the game and made it 2-0 with 17 minutes remaining in the first half. Annie Hamilton finish the scoring.

WMC ends its season at 9-9.

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