While Fruitport cruised to a 5-0 win over Sparta in its semifinal, Spring Lake (12-6) had a much tougher path, facing state-ranked Coopersville (13-6-2). The Lakers twice trailed by a goal but battled back to defeat the Broncos, 4-2.
“Now it’s business time,” said Lakers’ coach Jeremy Thelen, whose team split with Fruitport this spring. “Our girls didn’t look past Coopersville, especially since they were state-ranked, but they’re ready for Fruitport.”
The Broncos feature a pair of outstanding players in Melissa Hogan and Kailey Vug, and just 4 minutes into the game, Hogan scored off a corner kick to make it 1-0.
The Lakers responded as Emily Walling set up Morgan Gagnon for a big-time shot that beat the Broncos’ goalie and tied the contest at 1-1.
Later in the half, the Broncos again took a lead when Hogan cut between a pair of defenders and scored on a breakaway.
Five minutes before halftime, Spring Lake’s Kelsey Kippe picked off a Coopersville throw-in, beat several defenders and slotted a shot into the corner of the net to tie the game at 2-2 heading into halftime.
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