Christian Dault scored on an assist from Isaac Braak to put the Bucs on top 1-0 in the first half, but the Rangers tied it up a minute before halftime.
Grand Haven scored the game-winner in the second half when Willie Bennick set up Ian Yetzke’s goal.
Coach Aaron Dean said his team suffered a few injuries during the game, but non appeared to be season-ending.
Grand Haven returns to action Tuesday, when the Bucs host O-K Red rival and state-ranked Rockford.
Junior Varsity: Grand Haven (5-2-2) scored a 1-0 win over the previously-undefeated Forest Hills Central Rangers. Isaac Joanissee scored the Bucs’ lone goal off an assist from Adrian Martinez. Martinez also had a shot off the post.
Freshmen: Grand Haven (4-5) scored a 4-2 win over Wyoming Park on Saturday. Ethan Veenstra scored off an assist from Ethan Bollaert, then David Veurink scored for the Bucs before Damon Stielstra put two in the net.
WMC SCORES SHOOTOUT WIN
Western Michigan Christian and Whitehall matched regulation and overtime goals at Warrior Weekend Saturday, but the host Warriors edged the state-ranked Vikings, 3-2 in a shootout.
Senior Josh Binnendyk put the Warriors on the board eight minutes into the game off an assist from Chaise Schuiteman.
Whitehall tied it up just eight minutes into the second half on a goal by Ray Copley, assisted by Nick Rands. That was all of the scoring for the first 80 minutes of soccer.
WMC freshman Ben Mast put the Warriors up early in the first overtime off a corner kick from Matt VanderPloeg, but the Vikings got the equalizer from Rands with four minutes left.
The teams played a scoreless second OT period.
Schuiteman and Binnendyk each scored for WMC (7-3-1) in the shootout to secure the win. Matt Rohen was the only one who found the net for the Vikings (11-3-2).
Whitehall, which entered the game ranked No. 3 in Division 3, had seven shots on goal compared with six for WMC. Warriors’ keeper Jacob Berens made five saves.
“Whitehall played us really close. It was as even a game as you would find,” said WMC coach David Hulings. “Whitehall showed why they are rated (third) in the state in D-3. They came right back after we scored and that was good for our team. We haven’t had that enough this year and it was great to see them respond with a second goal off another corner. When Whitehall came back again it just showed how close these two teams were. It was a shame someone had to lose.”
“It was a good game between two quality teams with a good, quick counter attack,” added Whitehall coach Bryan Mahan. “They are a battle-tested team that is young, but some of these guys have played in a state finals game and are used to the pressure.”
Things don’t get any easier for WMC as the Warriors travel to Spring Lake to play the No. 1-ranked (Division 2) Lakers this evening.
“That will be a real test,” Hulings said. “They are probably the best team we will play this year and deserve a lot of respect. We will have a tough time staying with them and getting an attack against them.”
Junior Varsity: Whitehall won, 2-0.