Another OT battle for Bucs' soccer

Haven ties No. 5-ranked Rockford, 0-0
Nich Wolak
May 2, 2014

Overtime has become a familiar occurrence for the Grand Haven soccer team.

The Buccaneers have been in three such conference games this season, and after Thursday's contest at No. 5-ranked Rockford, have had all three possible outcomes.

The Bucs ended the night with a 0-0 tie against the Rams. Grand Haven beat Hudsonville in an overtime contest on Tuesday, 2-0, and let one slip away against No. 4-ranked East Kentwood on April 22, 1-0.

Grand Haven coach Jared Kram said there were two ways of looking at Thursday's outcome.

"We are growing more and more unsatisfied with double overtime," said Kram referring to the two 10-minute periods that follow a scoreless regulation. “In one sense we feel that we did a good job because we played a good team, and it could have obviously gone the other way. On the other hand, we're very hungry, and we're very unsatisfied with a 0-0 tie. We know that we're capable of putting balls in the net, and tonight we didn't do it.

"The girls are hungry. No one's going to say they're satisfied with a 0-0 tie, but compared to a loss, against a good team like Rockford? Fine. But we know we left something on the field tonight that we should have taken care of."

Both teams had opportunities late to seal the game, but neither could convert.

"It's hard, and there's really nothing you can do about it, said Grand Haven senior Claire Borchers. "You've just got to put your head back down and go run for it again. You don't take a shot and plan to miss it — it just sometimes isn't on."

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