Spring Lake and Fruitport both opened the Division 2 soccer district tournament with a victory on Tuesday, setting up the third meeting of the season between the two rivals on Thursday at Fruitport.
The Lakers scored a 3-0 win over host Reeths-Puffer, while the Trojans knocked off visiting Sparta, 6-1.
At Reeths-Puffer, Spring Lake took advantage of a phenomenal defensive effort and a pair of outstanding long shots from Kyle Zietlow to end the Rockets’ season.
Zietlow scored the game’s first goal when he fired in what coach Jeremy Thelen called “an amazing shot” from 35 yards out.
Zietlow hit another long shot early in the second half, drilling the ball off a Reeths-Puffer defender and into the goal.
Nic Ellingboe made it 3-0 later in the game, off a nice centering pass from Josh Roberge.
At Fruitport, the Trojans got on the board early and never looked back.
Just 18 seconds into the match, Andrew Frost hit a cross to Zach Gilson, who tapped the ball into the net for an early 1-0 lead.
Gilson scored again later in the half off an assist from Seth Carrier, giving him 36 goals on the season. That sets a new school record for goals in a single season, breaking the old mark of 35, set by Jake Laufersky in 2008.
Noah Hendricks added a pair of first-half goals as well. The first was assisted by Dalton Mullennix, while Frost assisted on the second.
Frost picked up his third assist of the night when he sent a cross to Gilson, who deflected it into the net 4 minutes into the second half.
Thursday’s game begins at 7 p.m. The earlier game will feature Muskegon, a 7-1 winner over Fremont; against Kenowa Hills, a 6-1 winner over Coopersville.
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