Trojans’ varsity girls soccer coach Jeannie McClain was excited to have Friday’s warm-up game against Mona Shores to get ready for Monday’s showdown with rival Spring Lake.
McClain was not happy with Friday’s result.
The Sailors scored a pair of early goals and cruised to a 5-1 victory over the host Trojans.
“We knew this was going to be a tough game,” McClain said. “You always hope for the best. But I didn’t like 5-1 at all.”
The victory boosts the Sailors’ record to 8-1-1, while the Trojans fall to 7-4-1.
A slow start by the Trojans allowed the Sailors to race to an early lead. That’s been an issue for Fruitport.
“It took us a few minutes to get into the game, and by then, they had scored a couple goals,” McClain said. “From there, we just couldn’t find the back of the net. We actually outshot them, 8-6.”
Fruitport’s lone goal came off the foot of Jordan Stanberry on a free kick from 35 yards out. That cut Mona Shores’ lead to 3-1.
Fruitport could get no closer, and the Sailors scored twice in the final 10 minutes to finish off the game.
“They scored the ones at the end, and that hasn’t been happening,” McClain said. “Somebody might get a couple quick goals, but we’ve been shutting them down in the second half. This was hard.”
McClain said her team shouldn’t have much trouble getting pumped up for Monday’s showdown against Spring Lake. The winner will have a great chance to win the Lakes Eight Conference title.
“This was actually a warm-up for us,” McClain said. “We were glad we had Shores before Spring Lake to pick up the pace, get down to business. Shores isn’t the rivalry it used to be. Spring Lake is the big one.”
BUCS TIE EAGLES
Grand Haven’s varsity girls soccer team tied Hudsonville on Thursday, 2-2.
Lydia Weykamp and Hannah Kenny scored goals for the Bucs, while Courtney Springer and Taylor DeWitt recording assists.
Faith Platz made seven saves in goal for Grand Haven.
The Bucs are now 5-1-2 overall and 2-1-1 in O-K Red play.
Junior Varsity: Grand Haven defeated Hudsonville, 3-0. Mackenzie Burkhardt scored twice, and Keaghan Rickard also scored for the Bucs (7-3).
NOTE: Grand Haven will host rival Spring Lake today, with the junior varsity game starting at 11 a.m. and the varsity game slated to begin at 1 p.m.