Grand Haven’s varsity boys soccer team went 1-0-2 at Saturday’s Justin Bailey Memorial Shootout, while the Trojans of Fruitport finished 0-1-2.
The Buccaneers tied Portage Northern, 1-1; went scoreless in a 0-0 tie against Northville; and downed Kalamazoo Central, 2-1.
The Buccaneers opened against Portage Northern and fell behind, 1-0. Grand Haven tied the game on Jon Buitenhuis’ free kick from 25 yards out after Isaac Braak was taken down by a defender.
Garrison Mast and Riley Taylor split time in goal for Grand Haven.
Against Northview, Chris Semrinec and Mast combined for the shutout in goal.
The final game saw Derek Braak put the Bucs on the board first, assisted by Buitenhuis.
Buitenhuis then scored from Ian Yetzke for a 2-0 lead.
Taylor and Semrinec shared time in net.
“We’ve had a busy lead-up to these first games with a lot of scrimmages and not enough practice time, and it showed,” coach Aaron Dean said. “We were a bit disconnected and found ourselves over-reacting to make things happen.
“The boys will quickly be able to solve some of our issues with practice times. Clearly, Jon had a nice day with two goals and an assist, and the Braak brothers showed the type of grit and work rate they bring consistently.”
Fruitport began with a 2-1 loss to Battle Creek Lakeview. The Trojans bounced back to tie Gull Lake, 1-1, before tying Plainwell, 3-3.
“We played three evenly matched teams,” said Trojans’ coach Greg Kobylak. “It could not have been a more competitive day for us. A few different calls or bounces and we could have been 3-0 or 0-3.”
Against Lakeview, the Trojans opened the scoring on an unassisted goal by Noah Hendricks.
Lakeview tied the game before halftime, then grabbed the lead on a penalty kick goal late in the contest.
Conner Deenen made eight saves for the Trojans, while Kyle Winger and Jacob Dyer both stepped up and played well.
Against Gull Lake, Fruitport fell behind 1-0 in the opening minute before locking down on defense.
The Trojans tied the game on a pretty goal by Zach Gilson, who took a pass from Matt Umstead and blasted a lazer of a shot from 30 yards out past the Gull Lake goalie.
Deenan made seven saves for Fruitport, while newcomers to the team, Seth Carrier and Ben Kramer, both played well.
The Trojans seemed poised for their first win of the season against Plainwell, leading 3-2 in the closing minute before surrendering the game-tying goal in the final 10 seconds.
Gilson scored twice and Dalton Mullennix also scored for the Trojans, while Deneen made four saves.
Nathan Sturtevant and Bryant Rebone played well in the final game of the season.
The Trojans take on Coopersville today.