Thursday’s soccer game at Crusader Field was no exception.
Warrior keeper Christian Rogers swatted away two MCC shots in the shootout and WMC freshman Dylan Mines booted in the final shot to give the Warriors a 3-2 conference win. It was 4-3 Warriors in the shootout.
The score was 2-2 after regulation, and the teams played two 10-minute scoreless overtime periods before the shootout.
Rogers blocked two of Catholic’s shootout shots, while teammates Chaise Schuiteman, Ben Mast and Matt VanderPloeg hammered their penalty kick goals into the net before Mines’ game-winner.
WMC is now 3-3 on the season and 2-0 in the conference. Catholic drops to 1-2 in conference play.
In regulation, MCC scored first on a penalty kick and led 1-0 at intermission.
WMC got early second half goals on a header by sophomore Will Duer, off an assist from Alex Rop, and an unassisted goal by Mast, all within three minutes early in the second half. However, MCC tied it with 33 minutes remaining.
“This was a great game to be part of,” WMC coach David Hulings said. “For a regular-season game, it felt like the tournament in September. My hat is off to Bill (MCC coach), his coaches and his team. They played so well, as we did. It should have ended in a tie. It is too bad we had to go to a shootout.
“It may have been the best WMC vs. MCC game I have been part of.”
LAKERS, ORIOLES TIE
Spring Lake’s varsity boys soccer team settled for a 1-1 tie with Lakes Eight rival Ludington on Thursday.
Both goals were scored in the game’s opening 10 minutes. The Orioles scored first off a corner kick, then the Lakers answered, also scoring on a corner kick.
Spring Lake’s goal came off the foot of Alec Palmer, who drove home a rebound after Kyle Zietlow’s shot was turned away.
“We had our chances to win,” said Lakers’ coach Jeremy Thelen, whose team is now 4-2-2 overall and 2-0-1 in Lakes Eight play. “I would say they had a couple moments where they had possession in our end, but they scored on their one good chance. We had more possession, but our final passing just wasn’t there tonight.”
The Lakers travel to Stevensville Lakeshore on Saturday.
Junior Varsity: Spring Lake scored a 6-1 win over Ludington.
TROJANS POUND VIKINGS
Fruitport scored an 8-2 win over Tri-County on Thursday, improving to 5-2-3 overall and 2-0 in league play.
“This was a fun, fast, physical game,” said coach Greg Kobylak. “This was the best Tri-County team we have played in years.”
Zach Gilson scored a hat trick for the Trojans, including the game’s first two goals.
Dalton Mullinnex added a pair of goals, while Noah Hendricks, Andrew Frost and Caleb Straley also scored goals.
For Straley, the goal was the first of his varsity career.
Kobylak credited Ben Kramer with playing well on the defensive end, while Hendricks’s distritbution was key to the Trojans’ success.
“Next week, we continue conference play,” Kobylak said. “We must find ways to continue to improve as we prepare for the hardest and most important part of the season.”