Fruitport soccer upsets OV in Lakes 8 tourney

Fruitport's varsity boys soccer team avenged one of its Lakes Eight Confernce losses on Wednesday as the Trojans defeated state-ranked Orchard View 2-1 in the semifinal round of the league tournament.
Tribune Staff
Oct 4, 2012

The Trojans hope to avenge their second league loss next week when they have a shot at regular-season league champion Spring Lake in the conference tournament title game.

Fruitport needed two overtimes to beat Orchard View, which entered the game ranked No. 4 in the latest Division 3 state poll.

The Trojans got on the board first as Dalton Mullinix took a free kick from 20 yards out that struck the post and came out to Colin Sparks, who knocked home the rebound less than 2 minutes into the game.

A minute later, the Cardinals’ Jimmy Hendricks scored on a header off a corner kick to make it 1-1.

The game remained tied until the first of two 10-minute overtime sessions. Ryan Craker scored on a breakaway, assisted by Sparks. He dribbled around the Cardinals’ goalie and knocked home the game-winner.

“It was a fun, emotional rivalry game,” said Trojans’ coach Greg Kobylak, whose team is now 9-6-2. “Both teams were physical and played with a lot of heart. It was especially sweet for the Trojans as we overcame some potential obstacles, but pulled together as a team.

“The schedule does not get any easier as we take on Holland Christian, play in the conference tournament championship game, and play West Michigan Christian over the next eight days.

“It will be fun as we continue to push to see what we can do. I think our best soccer is head of us.”

Spring Lake takes on Ludington today in the other Lakes Eight semifinal game. The Lakers are ranked No. 1 in Division 2 and heavy favorites to advance to next Tuesday’s league title game.

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