Coach Jeremy Thelen said his Lakers’ varsity girls soccer team may have become a little bit too comfortable for its own good.
Spring Lake, brimming with confidence after its convincing victory over rival Fruitport in the Lakes Eight Conference championship game earlier in the week, suffered a surprising loss at Holland Christian on Thursday.
The Lakers led 2-1 at halftime, but were shut out in the second half and lost for just the second time this season, 3-2.
“We got comfortable, and it came back to bite us,” said Thelen, whose team wraps up the regular season at 15-2. “They scored first, but we came back and got up 2-1 at halftime, and we thought we had it in the bag. Then they came out and played hard and the second half.
“This is definitely a good lesson going into districts, which start next week.”
Leeann Latsch and Mariada Gezon scored goals for the Lakers, with Molly Miedema assisting on both goals.
“It was a pretty physical game,” Thelen said. “We didn’t play great as a team. We need to clean it up.”
The Lakers open Division 2 district tournament action at home on Tuesday against Sparta. The winner of that game faces the winner of Tuesday’s showdown between Reeths-Puffer and Fruitport.