Jared Kram remembers years when the Buccaneers' girls soccer team reached the regional round of the state tournament, only to be completely outmatched by top-notch opponents.
Kram, in his first year as the head varsity coach at Grand Haven, vowed not to let that happen this year.
The Buccaneers, after losing to an outstanding Forest Hills Central team on Thursday, played to a 0-0 tie against a very strong Spring Lake squad on Saturday.
"We've been talking all season what our schedule looks like," Kram said. "Forest Hills Central, Spring Lake, and on Tuesday, we're out to East Kentwood. This is the type of soccer we're going to have to get used to playing."
The Buccaneers and the Lakers went toe-to-toe on Saturday, with both teams displaying outstanding defense while managing a few offensive chances.
"You can tell the experience on both teams is in their defenses, hence the 0-0 draw," added Lakers' coach Jeremy Thelen, who guided his team to the Division 2 state semifinals last spring. "We played much better than we did on Wednesday. We just need to keep improving."
For the Buccaneers, it was the defensive trio of Laney Kenny, Hanna Landman and Roxy Glasser playing behind a pair of stoppers (defensive midfielders) in Mallory Beswick and Hannah Kenny.
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