SL soccer wins battle of defending state finalists

The No. 1-ranked Spring Lake varsity boys soccer team is used to knocking teams out early.
Matt DeYoung
Sep 26, 2012

On Monday, visiting Western Michigan Christian took the Lakers’ best shots, but instead of falling to the mat, the Warriors fought back, scoring twice in the second half and coming up just short in a 4-3 Spring Lake victory.

The game featured a pair of teams that played in the state finals a year ago.

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“In the first half, we jumped out and scored two quick goals, then they got one back,” said Lakers’ coach Jeremy Thelen, whose team is now 13-0 on the season.

“Then we scored two more right before halftime, and most teams, you hit them in the face like that, it takes the fight out of them.

“But WMC is not a team that’s going to roll over.”

Instead, the Warriors battled back from the 4-1 halftime deficit. They made it 4-2 with 14:56 remaining when freshman Will Deur gained possession of the ball deep in the Lakers’ territory and smartly chipped the ball over Lakers’ goalie Joe Czajka for a goal.

That lit a fire under the Warriors, who began attacking with renewed vengeance, and with 4:39 remaining, Alex Rop’s long throw-in found Josh Binnendyk. The towering defender rose up out of a crowd and knocked a header past Czajka, making it 4-3.

The Warriors’ third goal seemed to snap the Lakers out of their slumber, and they held on the rest of the way for a 4-3 win.

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