Western Michigan Christian’s girls soccer team battled three state-ranked teams Saturday, coming home with a tie and two close losses.
The five schools participating in the “Kickin’ for Mitchell Soccer Classic” at Forest Hills Northern — WMC, Grandville Calvin Christian, Coopersville and Muskegon Oakridge — they raised a total of about $6,000, which will go toward helping those with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive disorder that results in muscle degeneration.
Forest Hills Northern coach Jamie Bogart, a paraprofessional in the Rockford school district, has worked closely with a young man, Mitchell Peterson, who suffers from that disease.
The “Kickin’ for Mitchell Soccer Classic” is tied in with the long established “Mitchell’s Run Thru Rockford” and “Volley for Mitch” events.
The Warriors brought in $2,022.50 as their share with fundraisers.
In its first game Saturday, WMC tied Grandville Calvin Christian, a team that defeated the Warriors in last year’s state semifinals and went on to win the Division 4 state title.
The Squires got on the board first with a goal 15 minutes into the game, but the Warriors’ Alli Langeland and Julie Merz teamed up on a corner kick to tie the game at 1-1 midway through the second half.
Calvin outshot WMC 13-7, forcing WMC keeper Lindsey Johnson had 10 saves.
“Calvin is a top-ranked team so it was good to play some great competition,” Warriors’ coach David Hulings said. “They move the ball well and have a great organized attack. We haven't had to play to many teams that are organized both offensively and defensively.”
In their second game, the Warriors trailed host FHN 2-0 until sophomore Alexys Riksen found the net after receiving a pass from Mykayla Denison.
The Huskies went up 3-1 before Riksen again scored, this time off a pass from Jessica Kinnucan.
Merz then scored for WMC to tie it at 3-3 with five minutes left, but FHN got the game winner a minute later.
FHN outshot WMC 17-7 and Johnson had 10 saves.
WMC lost its last game of the day to Muskegon Oakridge, 2-0. Oakridge scored once in the opening five minutes of the game and the game’s closing minutes.
WMC, now 8-3-2 on the season, outshot Oakridge 8-6 and Johnson made three saves.
“We played Oakridge earlier in the year and tied them in an 80-minute game,” Hulings said. “Today they had the better of us and were the better team. You could see why they are ranked in D3.”
Things don’t get any easier for the Warriors as they entertain Mona Shores tonight.
BUCS FALL IN HIGH-SCORING AFFAIR
Courtney Hylok and Casey Davis each scored three goals, but the Grand Haven varsity girls lacrosse team came up short against Battle Creek Harper Creek, 15-12.
Hillary Land, Savannah Albright and Anna Gagnon each scored twice for the Bucs. Gagnon added an assist and forced a turnover, while Madalyn Hanson had an assist.
The Bucs fall to 6-5 overall and 4-2 in conference play.