Haven booters avenge earlier loss, top Mona Shores

Gruizinga scores game-winner for Bucs
Tribune Staff
Oct 18, 2013


Grand Haven’s varsity soccer team showed just how far it’s come over the past several weeks.

The Buccaneers lost to Mona Shores earlier this season, 2-0, but reversed that score in the semifinal round of the Division 1 district tournament at West Ottawa on Thurdsay, beating the Sailors, 2-0.

With the win, the Bucs advance to Saturday’s district championship game against Jenison, a 4-2 overtime winner against Hudsonville.

Grand Haven is gunning for its third consecutive district crown.

Coach Aaron Dean said the Bucs were on their heels early in the game, but a big goal from an unlikely source put Grand Haven in control.

“The game started, and I thought Mona Shores did really well,” Bucs’ coach Aaron Dean said. “They played with a lot of energy and really connected well. They did a lot of the things we weren’t doing.

“But to our credit, nobody panicked, and the best part is, when we had our opportunities, we took advantage.”

The game-winning goal came off the foot of little-used senior Brandt Gruizinga.

Gruizinga had only been on the field for a few moments when he found himself in the right place at the right time, knocking in a ball at the back post following a long throw-in by the Bucs.

The Bucs, ranked No. 6 in the latest Division 1 state rankings, take on a Jenison team that they tied 2-2 earlier this year. That game will be played on Saturday at 7 p.m. at West Ottawa.

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They are surely the good team. They have shown by their teamplay right there. - Feed the Children


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