Muskegon Community College ends winless streak in men’s soccer, eyes approaching post-season tournament

Local Sports Journal

Muskegon Community College  broke its six-game winless streak on Sunday, scoring a goal in each half to overcome Purdue University Calumet 2-0.

MCC goalkeeper Tyler Lane posted his 6th shutout of the season in the 2-0 win.

Ryan Wagenmaker gave the Jayhawks a 1-0 lead on a Michael Schmitt assist late in the first half.

Wagenmaker set up the Jayhawks in the second half on a corner kick that found Dylan Darga for the 2-0 lead.

MCC outshot the Falcons 11-4 as goalie Tyler Lane posted his sixth shutout of the season.

On Friday, MCC fell to Schoolcraft 3-2 in double overtime.

Trailing 1-0 in the first half, MCC’s Eric Hilt scored a goal on a pass from Wagenmaker.

Zack Sutton’s goal late in the second half gave the Jayhawks a 2-1 edge.

Schoolcraft responded on an Ardit Dushkaj goal with eight minutes remaining that forced overtime.

MCC was outshot 11-8 as Lane posted eight saves in the loss.

“It would have been nice to get both wins this weekend,” MCC coach Ben Ritsema said. “We had six games in a row that we hadn’t won so it’s nice to get back on track.”

After the overtime goal, Schoolcraft players taunted the MCC bench, which caused a stir among Jayhawk fans and Schoolcraft coaches. Some words were exchanged,  but both sides left without further incident.

The Jayhawks (9-6-1, 6-5-1) faced a tough six-game skid against five ranked teams.

“Looking at it, I knew it was going to be a tough part of the season,” Ritsema said.  “It was nice to get all of those wins early on to get us in the playoffs. We can put ourselves in a good position if we take care of business next weekend.”

Next weekend, MCC will face Jackson Community College on Saturday and Anicilla on Sunday.

A win or tie against Jackson would guarantee a No. 3  seed in the Region XII playoffs and home field advantage.

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