Players from both teams continued to chase down the loose ball over the ensuing several seconds before the referee's whistle sounded and the linesman signaled that the ball, while in flight, had crossed the plane of the goal line. Prout was credited with the goal — the game-winner in the Buccaneers' 2-1 victory over the visiting Trojans in the season-opener for both teams.
Grand Haven coach Cor Damhuis liked the way his team responded after a back-and-forth first half.
"We started to pass to feet, to find each other," Damhuis said. "We started to communicate. It was a good first game. It's a good start."
Fruitport played with a fierce wind at its back in the opening half and hoped to take advantage. Instead, Grand Haven struck first when Lindy Vallier put a shot past Trojans' goalie Lindsay Armstrong.
The Trojans answered when Bre Geile — who sat out the entire girls basketball season with a knee injury — knocked a shot past Bucs' goalie Faith Platz.
"We tried to take advantage (of the wind) in the first half, but they were able to sneak one in," said Jeannie McClain, who was coaching the Trojans' varsity team for the first time. She took over for David Hulings, who left to coach at Western Michigan Christian.
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