Both teams had their chances, but in the end, rivals Spring Lake and Reeths-Puffer had to settle for a 1-1 tie on Monday night in non-conference soccer action at Spring Lake Middle School.
The Rockets scored first early in the first half.
The Lakers tied the game at 1-1 when Nic Ellingboe scored off an assist on a free kick from Luke Gray.
“I’m pleased with how we reacted to the first goal, and how we worked our tails off till the end,” said Lakers’ coach Jeremy Thelen, whose team is now 1-1-1 on the young season.
The Lakers opened their season with a pair of games on Saturday. They lost to Grand Rapids Northview, 2-1, then bounced back to beat Godwin Heights by the same 2-1 score.
Ellingboe scored twice over the weekend for Spring Lake, while Gray also scored on a diving header.
On Monday, the Lakers and the Rockets went back and forth all night, with Reeths-Puffer having the best chances to score the game-winner late in the contest. The Rockets had a handful of chances during a late scramble in the box, but Spring Lake was albe to keep the game tied until the end.
“This is a rivalry game,” Thelen said. “Puffer and us have had some battles over the year. We’re going to have a lot of games like this where we’re going to have to work hard till the end and a lot of these guys are going to get a lot of chances.”
The Lakers play at Mona Shores on Wednesday, then travel to Forest Hills Northern on Thursday.
Junior Varsity: The Lakers and the Rockets played to a 3-3 tie. Ryan Zietlow, Brendan Cole and Dylan Constantine each scored for Spring Lake.