Soccer roundup: WMC impressive in home-opening victory

Grand Haven freshman Ben Mast recorded a hat trick, helping the Western Michigan Christian varsity soccer team defeat North Muskegon in the Warriors' home opener, 4-0.
Tribune Staff
Aug 31, 2012

 

WMC also received a goal from Alec Breit.

This was a great home opener for us,” said WMC coach David Hulings. “North Muskegon is a great rival and always brings a good game. Our guys may have played the best first 40 minutes since I have been at WMC. I really had nothing at all to say at half, other than, ‘Can we keep that intensity and technical skill for another 40 minutes?’

“Our starters and subs were playing so well. We were quick and had one touch after one touch.”

WMC had four different players record assists, including Breit, Will Deur, Matt VanderPloeg and Alex Rop.

Jacob Berens picked up the win in goal for the Warriors.

GH FALLS TO UNITY CHRISTIAN

Grand Haven got on the board first at Hudsonville Unity Christian, but the Bucs couldn’t hold onto the lead in a 2-1 loss to the Crusaders.

Grand Haven drops to 4-2-1 this season.

Unity Christian answered in the second half with a goal off a corner kick, and later, on a tremendous individual effort that broke down the Bucs’ defense.

Bucs’ coach Aaron Dean said both teams exchanged good looks in the final 10 minutes of action, but Grand Haven couldn’t find the equalizer.

TROJANS TIE EAGLES

Fruitport's varsity soccer team outshot visiting Hudsonville by a 14-5 margin on Thursday, but Trojans' coach Greg Kobylak was disappointed his team couldn't convert more chances in a 1-1 tie with the Eagles.

“We feel we were the better team,” he said. “We missed too many chances to score more goals and get the victory.”

Kobylak estimated that his team had more than a dozen quality chances to put the ball into the net.

Hudsonville grabbed a 1-0 advantage at 26:22 in the first half, as it benefited from a Trojans' handball in the penalty box. The Eagles buried their penalty kick past Fruitport goalie Loghan Stong.

Fruitport responded with 4:31 remaining in the first half, as Dalton Mullennix took a pass from Taylor McLaughlin, dribbled past an Eagles' player and then crushed a shot into the net.

Kobylak said the setup and score was indicative of the Trojans' improved skill set.

“We played some real entertaining and quality soccer,” he said. “We are starting to play with the style we envision.”

Stong made four saves in goal for Fruitport, as its record now stands at 3-2-2.
 

 

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