Spring Lake’s varsity soccer team’s best defense on Friday against non-conference foe West Ottawa was its offense.
Spring Lake coach Jeremy Thelen was pleased with the way his team possessed the ball and forced pressure on the Panthers’ defense, but the Lakers had trouble cracking a stellar effort by West Ottawa goalie Brooke Van Kampen that kept the contest close.
Fortunately, Spring Lake struck early, as Brooke TenBrink scored just 6 minutes into the contest, as she fired an unassisted shot from out wide that bounced over Van Kampen’s reach.
The score remained 1-0 until 10 minutes remaining, when Hailey Pellegrom fired a pass into the box that deflected into the net by Megan Harkin.
Thelen gave credit to the hustle of Leeann Latsch and Makenzie Price for helping the Lakers dominate possession, which created an easier night for Spring Lake goalie Nora Reed. She had just make just three saves to earn the shutout win.
Spring Lake (13-1 overall) will play for an outright Lakes Eight Conference title on Monday, as it hosts rival Fruitport in the league’s tournament final at 6:45 p.m.
TROJANS TROUNCE DUTCH
Fruitport outshot visiting Holland by a commanding 18-3 tally and rolled to a 5-0 win on Friday at Fruitport High School.
The Trojans received two goals from Hannah Samlow and one apiece from Marissa Hassevoort and Emily Pieczynski. Haylie Hanks recorded two assists, while Tara Champion, Lauran Maus and Carly Kryfka had an assist apiece.
Head coach Jeannie McClain highlighted the strong defense of Jordan Stanberry, Autumn Winger and Sydney Nelson.
“We took control early in the game and kept the momentum going throughout,” McClain said.