The 300th victory in the history of the Fruitport boys soccer program was one the current Trojans will remember for a long, long time.
Trailing at Ludington, 3-1, Fruitport stormed back to tie the game and force overtime, then scored the game-winner with 4 minutes remaining in the second extra session for a 4-3 victory.
“The alumni would be very proud of how this game was won,” said coach Greg Kobylak, whose team remained unbeaten in Lakes Eight play with the win. “We came from behind, down 3-1, we forced overtime, and we got the win in overtime. A win up in Ludington is a rare feat. Everyone should be very proud.”
The game-winning goal came off a corner kick. Fruitport’s Cameron Brandow played the ball back in front of the Orioles’ goal, and defender Kyle Winger soared in and headed the ball into the net.
Zach Gilson scored twice for the Trojans — his 18th and 19th goals of the season. Nick Carrier also had a goal for Fruitport.
Kobylak credited defenders Ben Kramer, Nathan Sturtevant and Jacob Dryer with outstanding play despite logging 80-plus minutes each.
“Those three were awesome in the second half and the two overtimes,” Kobylak said. “This game was big because we really wanted to win a close game. We haven’t done that yet. And we wanted to beat a great team, and Ludington is a great team. We’re pumped up.”
BUCS FALL TO RAMS
In a battle of top 10-ranked teams, No. 9 Grand Haven fell to No. 6 Rockford, 3-1 in overtime.
A defensive mix-up in overtime allowed the Rams to take a 2-1 lead, then Rockford scored a third goal as Grand Haven was pushing forward looking for the equalizer in the closing minutes.
WMC WINS BIG
Western Michigan Christian scored a 7-1 win over Grand River Prep.
Chase Schuiteman scored four goals, while Ben Mast scored twice and Dylan Mines also put one in the net for WMC.