SL soccer confident heading into regional action

Six weeks ago, Jeremy Thelen never would have guessed he'd be sporting a mohawk. Of course, at that time, Thelen's Spring Lake varsity girls soccer team appeared to be going nowhere fast, mired in a mild slump that left the Lakers with a record right at .500. But the Lakers have come a long ways since then. On Saturday, they beat Fruitport, 3-0, to claim the Division 2 district championship, two weeks after wrapping up a share of the Lakes Eight Conference title.
Matt DeYoung
Jun 7, 2011

 

“It’s one of those things where nothing surprises me at this point because everything’s a surprise,” said Thelen, who let his team give him a mohawk after Saturday’s win.

“It was something the girls had proposed the other day, and I tried to back off a little bit. They wanted to do it after the Coopersville game (in the district semifinals) but I backed off, then it came up on the bus ride to the Fruitport game and I said, ‘Win the game and we’ll talk about it.’”

The Lakers did win, and while Thelen didn’t allow the team to shave his head, he did concede to a mohawk.

So what’s at stake in tonight’s Division 2 regional semifinal contest at Cedar Springs?

“We’re trying to get (assistant coach) Phil (VanRees) to shave his head, but I don’t know if he’ll do it,” Thelen said with a laugh.

To read more of this story, see today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.
 

 

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