With a 4-1 lead going into halftime, it looked like the Fruitport boys soccer team might have easy sailing to its first victory against Spring Lake since 2008.
It turned out to be a bumpy ride, but the Trojans held on, defeating the Lakers in overtime, 5-4.
With the win, Fruitport clinched the Lakes Eight regular-season championship. The league tournament begins on Oct. 2.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Fruitport coach Greg Kobylak said of the victory. “I don’t think Spring Lake has lost a conference game in years. We knew we had a good team, and our goal was to be conference champs. And we really pushed hard. We had this game on our calendar for a long time.”
“It’s a pretty good deal, especially since we’re the only team in our school to have beaten Spring Lake right now,” said Fruitport player Zach Gilson after the victory “(It was) pretty intense.”
Gilson led the Trojans with a hat trick in the first half, and scored the game winning-goal in overtime on a header.
“It ticks me off a little bit that before the game we said, ‘One guy can’t beat us,’ ” recalled Spring Lake coach Jeremy Thelen. “It was Gilson, and he got us. I know that he’s been working hard this year, and he’s been racking up a whole bunch of goals. He had a great game tonight.”
Gilson had the game’s first score, off a rebound from teammate Noah Hendrick’s shot.
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