Two goals with the wind and two against sent Western Michigan Christian to the Division 4 soccer regionals with a 4-0 district championship win Saturday against North Muskegon at Warrior Field.
The Warriors (15-4-2) will face Charlevoix Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Warrior Field in the regionals. The Rayders (19-5) upset Harbor Springs (19-3) in the Traverse City St. Francis District.
The two teams play in the same conference, and Harbor Springs, ranked No. 8 in Division 4, had beaten Charlevoix twice during the season.
WMC coach David Hulings said the Warriors play a good game on the ground on Saturday, so the wind didn’t affect them much.
WMC blasted three shots off the crossbar and one off the goal post before freshman Jessica Kinnucan got her foot on a loose ball off a pass from Alexys Riksen and slid it past the North Muskegon keeper with 26 minutes left in the opening half.
Then Alli Langeland sent a corner kick toward the goal that Kinnucan tracked down and again found the back of the net.
The Warriors didn’t score again until Mykayla Denison crossed the ball to Riksen, who beat the Norse defenders to it to make the score 3-0 with six minutes left.
Katie South finished the scoring when she scored off an assist from Kinnucan.
WMC outshot NM 13-4 and keeper Lindsey Johnson had four saves en route to the shutout.
“We just played two back-to-back great games. Despite two games in the wind, our quick touch on the ground play was able to wear down a very, very good North Muskegon defense,” WMC coach David Hulings said. “Their back line did a great job making us work for those four goals. Nothing was easy. But, with the quick movement, we were able to do some really good things on attack. I think that forced them to defend more than they had hoped.
“We look forward to being together for another practice and seeing if we can repeat as regional champs.”