Western Michigan Christian varsity boys soccer coach David Hulings called his team off the field with 30 minutes remaining in Thursday's contest, resulting in a 2-0 forfeit loss to Freedom Christian after a fan toting a handgun refused to leave the venue.
Freedom Christian was leading 2-0 early in the second half when the man was spotted with a holstered gun on his hip. When confronted by WMC officials, the man said he had a permit and it was his right to carry a holstered gun.
WMC officials told him to take the gun to his car, and then they called Muskegon police. The fan went to the parking lot, then returned in a few minutes with an empty holster, but WMC officials said it appeared he still had the gun on his hip.
According to WMC assistant athletic director Fred VandenBrand, Muskegon Police officer Douglas Conrad said the fan had a concealed pistol permit and apparently did nothing illegal. However, the officer told WMC officials they also had a right to ban him from the field.
The officer told the man that if he returned again, he could be arrested for trespassing.
BUCS BEAT EK, AGAIN
No. 9-ranked (Division 1) Grand Haven topped rival and No. 5-ranked East Kentwood for the second time this season, scoring a 3-1 win over the Falcons on Thursday at Buccaneer Stadium.
The Bucs scored first as Jon Buitenhuis ran down a ball and hit a cross to Christian Dault, who beat the keeper for the game’s first goal.
East Kentwood tied the game at halftime, but in the second half, Grand Haven began to possess the ball more, and Derek Braak scored both Bucs’ goals.
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