Both teams had chances to score during regulation, but could not convert, as 80 minutes ended without a score on either side.
Grand Haven outlasted the Falcons and took control in the first overtime. Ethan King broke the deadlock with an 18-yard boot for the first score of the game. Connor Lund finished off the Falcons with style, scoring a header via corner kick. He was assisted by Mason Harloff on the scoring play.
Jake Thayer recorded the shutout in goal with tremendous help from defenders Luke Staskiewicz, Andy Krapohl, Mac Mahacek, Jake Swiftney and Chris Dougherty.
The Bucs improved to 5-2-3 overall and 4-1-1 in the O-K Red. They return for a shot at Forest Hills Central on Saturday.
SL boys soccer mercies Comstock Park
The Spring Lake boys soccer team made short work of Comstock Park via mercy rule, 8-0, on Tuesday.
Ryan Zietlow led the Lakers with a hat trick, followed by Tommy Fine, who added two scores of his own.
Robby Hartliep and Justin Peterson chipped in one goal a piece, along with Malachi Mulder who netted his first varsity score.
Keeper time was split between Bruce Boes and Clayton Glasgow.
The Lakers will host Grand Rapids Catholic Central (7-1-1) for the top spot in the O-K Blue standings on Thursday. The Cougars’ only loss is to Spring Lake earlier this season.
GH boys XC takes fourth at O-K Red Jamboree
The Grand Haven boys cross country team took fourth place overall with a depleted roster at the first O-K Red Jamboree on Tuesday.
Caledonia took first with 47 points ahead of Rockford, who finished with 49. Hudsonville edged Grand Haven for third place, just six points ahead of the Buccaneers’ 91.
Jack Nicholson led Grand Haven with a second-place finish in 16 minutes, 31 seconds. Dominic Hentemann finished 13th overall in 17:23 and Eric Johnson snuck into 15th finishing in 17:25.
“This was a disappointing finish for us,” said Grand Haven coach John Tarr. “We were missing our number two runner due to illness, so that hurt. We’ll be back in the next O-K Red meet to challenge for the top spots. I have confidence in these guys.”
The boys are off until Oct. 1 when they take on the Allendale Invite. The next O-K Red Jamboree is scheduled for Oct. 4.
Haven girls also finish fourth
The Grand Haven girls cross country team ran in the first O-K Red Jamboree of the year on Tuesday, taking fourth with 82 total points. The Buccaneers finished 32 points behind first-place Rockford.
Gabby Hentemann led Grand Haven with a second-place finish overall, coming in at 19 minutes, 13 seconds.
“Gabby ran a very strong race from start to finish, said Grand Haven coach Scott Przystas. “She is closing the gap between her and the overall winner and getting stronger each meet.”
Eliza Lowe finished in 20:12 just in front of Emily Mattson who clocked a 20:48. Kelsie Bovee and Abby Buitenhuis rounded out the Buccaneers’ scoring team in 21:14 and 21:18, respectively.
The Bucs struggled with closing speed.
“Our team as a whole needs to compete better in the last thousand meters,” said coach Przystas. “We got out-toughed and missed out on quite a few points there.”
Junior varsity: The Grand Haven junior varsity squad dominated their race, taking nine of the top 12 finishes and scoring a perfect 15 points. Marlie Fraser won the JV race in 22:05.
The Bucs return to competition at the Allendale Invite on Oct. 1 before taking on the conference at the second O-K Red Jamboree on Oct. 4.
GH girls golf takes third at the Meadows
The Grand Haven girls golf team shot a 404 on Tuesday, earning them fourth place in the O-K Red Midseason Jamboree. They finished 31 strokes behind third-place Caledonia and fifty strokes behind first-place Hudsonville.
Rockford finished right on the Bucs’ heels with a 406, ahead of sixth-place West Ottawa and last-place Grandville. This finish reflects the current O-K Red standings.
Ashley Vorac led the Buccaneers, shooting a 99 across all 18 holes. Bekah Shrader and Ally Kingma both penciled in 100s, while Audrey Reus made it home with a 105.
“Scores were a little higher overall because the difficult heather was impossible to hit out of,” said Grand Haven coach Roger Glass. “We had pretty consistent scoring as a group, but we will need to shoot around 370 if we hope to move out of the regional when we play here next.”
The Buccaneers hit the links again on Thursday to take on O-K Red foes Caledonia and Grandville. They return to the Meadows and its hard to hit heather on Oct. 6 for the Division 1 regional tournament.
SL girls swim opens long week with loss to Forest Hills
In their first of three meets this week, the Spring Lake girls swim team fell to Forest Hills Central on Tuesday, 100-81.
Bright spots in the loss included a strong 200-yard freestyle by Allison Brown and a third place finish for Audra Bialik in one-meter diving.
The Lakers return to the pool on Thursday for a duel with Holland.
SL volleyball drops to Coopersville in straight sets
The Spring Lake volleyball team fell to Coopersville in three sets on Tuesday (15-25, 19-25, 27-29).
The loss dropped Spring Lake to 7-10 overall and 2-2 in the O-K Blue conference.
Isabel Donnelly led the Lakers in two categories with eight kills and five blocks. Caitie Estep was the leading helper of the day with 30 assists, and Olivia Grimmer led with 15 digs.
Junior varsity: The Laker junior varsity team defeated Coopersville (25-17, 25-23) extending their record to 13-2 overall and 4-0 in conference.
Freshmen: Spring Lake defeated Coopersville, 25-18 and 25-17.
Fruitport volleyball takes down Kenowa Hills
The No. 8-ranked Fruitport volleyball team defeated Kenowa Hills on Tuesday three sets to one (20-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-22).
Ally German led Fruitport with 16 kills while sophomore Kailey Carmean stood out with 42 assists, three aces and seven digs. Kelsie Schultz and Katie Veihl both chipped in 15 digs.
The Trojans improved to 11-10 overall and take on crosstown rivals Spring Lake on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
WMC boys soccer defeats Muskegon Catholic Central
The Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team travelled to Muskegon Catholic Central on Tuesday, taking its ninth win of the season, 5-0. They now sit at 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the Lakes Eight Conference.
The first half was quiet, featuring only one goal. Kadin Riksen sent one home in the 33rd minute, assisted by Evan Fles.
“We had some great play by our back defenders to keep the shutout, and to keep us in the game until our attack could sort things out,” said WMC coach David Hulings.”
The second half saw a barrage of Warrior offense. Adam Van Hoven kicked off the streak with a goal in the opening minute of the half. Tyler Van Beek added his in the 48th minute. Tommy Tencate snuck one past the keeper via his noggin in the 65th minute, before finishing the game with a corner kick to Dylan Mines for the final score.
The Warriors return to the pitch against Orchard View high school on Thursday.