With his team already leading 2-0 after a dominating first half, Spring Lake varsity girls soccer coach urged his squad to make a statement with an even better second half against the rival Fruitport Trojans.
It was the Trojans who made an early statement, coming out with a quick second-half goal and putting the favored Lakers on their heels for a short time.
But in the end, Spring Lake featured too much talent and too much offensive firepower in a 4-1 victory.
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With the win, the Lakers remain undefeated in five Lakes Eight Conference play and improve to 9-1 overall.
“After they scored, we realized we had to pick it up,” said Lakers’ senior midfielder Molly Miedema, who assisted on both of her team’s second-half goals. “We wanted to fight back so that when we play them later on in the year, they remember this game.”
Miedema’s corner kick with 14:36 remaining was the first step toward finishing off the Trojans. Her low line drive kick was knocked into the net by Ayna Gordon, who made a strong run and toward the near post and actually deflected the ball in off her stomach. She grimaced in pain as her teammates mobbed her in celebration.
“It was nice to see Ayna get her stomach on that one,” Miedema said with a laugh. We new that 2-1 wasn’t enough.”
Just a few seconds later, the Lakers were awarded a free kick in their offensive third, and Miedema chipped a pass in that teammate Sierra Gipson settled, then slid past Trojans’ goalie Monica Holden for a 4-1 advantage.
Junior Varsity: The Lakers toppled the Trojans, 6-0, behind a pair of goals from Mairead Cooper. Olivia Windemuller, Dani Rhem, Nora Adkins and Caitey Rowdon also scored for the Lakers.
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