Playing outdoors for just the second time this spring, Grand Haven’s varsity girls soccer team showed off some of the promise first-year coach Jared Kram had seen glimpses of in the gymnasium.
The Buccaneers jumped out to a quick lead and coasted to a 5-0 victory over Reeths-Puffer on a clear but blustery evening Tuesday.
“(Monday) was our first practice outdoors, so it was great. The girls were excited, and everyone was just happy to be out of the gym and running around,” said Kram, who takes over for longtime coach Cor Damhuis. “It was nice to put into practice everything we’ve been working on over the last couple weeks.”
Mallory Beswick scored a pair of goals for the Bucs — both coming on free kicks — and also assisted on Mya Copado’s goal.
Sawyer Overway and Emma McDonald also scored goals for the Bucs, while Faith Platz and Veronica Booth split the shutout in goal.
“Really, you can’t ask for a better start out of the girls,” said Kram, a 1997 GHHS graduate who served as an assistant coach under Damhuis the past seven years. “The girls wanted to get off to a fast start. We know that we have spring break, so whatever happens tonight is going to be on our minds for a while. It’s nice to have a good game before we head into break.”
Kram was happy with the play of defender Alanna Kenny, along with the offensive threats provided by Copado and Claire Borchers.
“Laney did a great job as far as sweeper in the back. She’s the player of the game in my book,” Kram said. “Mya Copado made a lot of fantastic runs out of the midfield to make us dangerous in the attacking third, and Claire, just consistent effort out of the midfield to be an attacking threat.”