Grand Haven’s varsity boys soccer team won a piece the O-K Red Conference championship on Wednesday.
The Buccaneers secured the league crown with a 1-0 win over Grandville, paired with East Kentwood’s 2-2 tie against Rockford.
The Bucs finish with a 7-2-1 record in O-K Red play, including a pair of wins over the Falcons.
“It was a weird situation where our game had an impact, but really, the East Kentwood-Rockford game had the biggest impact on whether it really mattered or not,” said Bucs’ coach Aaron Dean, whose team is ranked No. 6 in the latest Division 1 state poll. “This (Grandville) was the only team we hadn’t beaten in conference, so that was the focus going into it. That’s what sports are all about is that competitive aspect. We had that pride factor of wanting to have beaten everybody in the conference.
“Of course, as it is nowadays, we had kids checking their phones, Tweeting, trying to find the score (after the game), but in that immediate moment, it was about the competition, the performance that day.”
The Bucs scored the game’s lone goal with 15 minutes remaining in the contest. Ian Yetzke played a nice ball through to a charging Mason Harloff, who drilled a shot into the net.
That was all the offense the Bucs could muster against a tough Bulldogs’ squad.
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