Soccer Roundup: Kammeraad's hat trick sparks SL

With starting goalie Joe Czajka on the bench with an eye infection and his team staring at an early 1-0 deficit, Spring Lake varsity boys soccer coach Jeremy Thelen admitted he was a bit uneasy. But then Riley Kammeraad came to the rescue. The Lakers' senior scored a hat trick - giving him 33 goals on the year - helping Spring Lake dispatch of Ludington, 8-1, in the semifinal round of the Lakes Eight Conference tournament on Thursday evening.
Tribune Staff
Oct 5, 2012

The victory advances the Lakers into Tuesday’s league tournament title game against Fruitport. 

Kammeraad’s 33 goals are believed to be a school record on the boys’ side, breaking the mark of 31 set by Jon Ritchie back in 2005. 

Annie Steinlage scored 37 goals her senior season of 2010. 

The Lakers host the Trojans in Tuesday’s league title game, with the varsity contest beginning at 6:45 p.m. Spring Lake beat Fruitport earlier this year, 1-0, to wrap up the regular-season league title and earn the No. 1 seed in the league tourney. Fruitport, the third seed, upset second-seeded Orchard View on Wednesday.

BUCS TIE PANTHERS AGAIN

For the second time this fall, Grand Haven and West Ottawa played to a tie, this time a scoreless deadlock thanks to outstanding defense on both sides.

Corey Vanderlaan was in net for the Bucs, and was aided by a solid defensive effort by Nick Kline, Kaan Ozadali, Jon Buitenhuis, Connor Redman and Zach Thomas.

The Bucs also received strong play from Willie Bennick, Kevin LaCroix, Gerrit Schaap and Ian Yetzke.

Grand Haven takes on Rockford and Hudsonville in O-K Red play next week.

Junior Varsity: Grand Haven suffered its first home loss of the season, falling to West Ottawa, 1-0. 

Freshmen: The Bucs lost to the Panthers, 1-0, on a rainy, windy night. Cal Robrahn, Luke Blauvelt, Eli Holt and Damon Stielstra displayed outstanding passing for the Bucs.

WARRIORS EDGE CRUSADERS

Host Western Michigan Christian scored in less than one minute Thursday night and then hung on for a 1-0 win over cross-town rival Muskegon Catholic Central.

Senior captain Alec Breit took a pass from Chaise Schuiteman and raced up the right side of the field. When MCC goalkeeper Todd Hall came out to challenge for the ball, Breit rolled the ball past him and into the net.

Muskegon Catholic dominated the rest of the first half against a Warrior defense depleted of two senior players. 

There were plenty of close calls for the Crusaders, but WMC goalkeeper Jacob Berens was able to make the save each time.

WMC had more pressure in the second half, but could not score.

“They are a good team,” said Berens, who made a dozen saves and posted the shutout in net. “They always bring everything they’ve got against us.”

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