Molly Miedema scored twice to lead Spring Lake’s varsity girls soccer team to an 8-0 victory over Sparta in the opening round of the Division 1 district tournament on Tuesday.
With the win, the Lakers advance to Thursday’s district semifinal contest against Reeths-Puffer, which scored a 3-2 win over Fruitport in Tuesday’s other district contest. That game will take place at Spring Lake at ?.
Morgan Carey, Mariada Gezon, Alex Prout, Leeann Latsch, Kelly Hoffius and Nora Adkins also scored for the Lakers, who are now 15-2 on the season.
“We just pulled up Nora Adkins from JV and she had a goal and an assist,” said Spring Lake coach Jeremy Thelen. “She played well in her first varsity game.”
Latsch added a pair of assists, while Hoffius, Mackenzie Price, Rebecca Boven, Saebryn Peel and Megan Harken also tallied assists.
The Lakers led 5-0 at halftime, then finished off the game with three second-half goals.
Nora Reid recorded the shutout in goal, making just a single save.
The Trojans saw their season come to a close at 10-8-1 after Tuesday’s loss. The game was tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation, then both teams scored once in overtime.
Reeths-Puffer won the game in a shootout, 4-2.
The Lakers beat the Rockets in an earlier meeting this season, 4-0.
“Their best player (Natalie Yek) is out with an ACL injury, but they have a goalie who is pretty good,” Thelen said. “The key is to get on the board early and not let them hang around.”
WMC MOVES ON
Host Western Michigan Christian moved to the Division 4 district semifinals with an 8-0 win Tuesday over Kent City.
The Warriors, now 13-4-2 on the season, will face Muskegon Catholic at 5 p.m. Thursday at Warrior Field. MCC defeated Fruitport Calvary Christian 4-2 Tuesday.
In the other district game at WMC, North Muskegon defeated Ravenna 6-0 and will face Algoma Christian Thursday at Warrior Field at 6:45 p.m.
Thursday’s winners will play in the district final at 11 a.m. Saturday at Warrior Field.
Brea Frein and Alexys Riksen each had two goals for the Warriors while Courtne Stuk, Brianna Graceau, Julie Merz and Sarah Hughes each had single goals.
Mykayla Denison and Mikaela Erickson each had two assists while Taylor Denison, Stuk, Jessica Kinnucan and Alyssa Wright each had one.
WMC outshot the Eagles 26-2 and Warrior keeper Lindsey Johnson made two saves en route to the shutout.
“This was a great game after being off for four days for the holiday weekend,” WMC coach David Hulings said. “We had multiple players score goals and could get the reserves plenty of playing time which is key this time of year. We had some good things in this game to use and look forward to our next contest.”