Western Michigan Christian loses conference showdown, top defender

Local Sports Journal

Western Michigan Christian dropped a 2-1 decision to Covenant Christian on Tuesday night at Warrior Field.

The loss was painful enough since the Chargers now own the t0p sport in the River Valley Conference at 5-0-1, but for the Warriors, the pain went much deeper than that.

WMC Josh Binnendyk

Senior captain Josh Binnendyk suffered what could be a serious leg injury with 18:22 left in the second half and the Warriors clinging to a 1-0 lead.

“It was a double loss tonight,” WMC coach David Hulings said. “We lost a really good play tonight.”

Chaise Schuiteman ripped a low shot just 3:36 into the opening half that gave the Warriors (8-6-1) the early lead.

Covenant put good pressure on the Warrior net all night, but could not score until the latter stages of the second half.

Travis Hanko fired a shot that hit a Warrior defender and ricocheted into the net with 10:12 remaining in the game.

A free kick by Jordan VanOosenbrugge with 1:26 remaining hit the crossbar and fell into the net. That set off a wild celebration among Charger players and their followers.

“Hats off to Covenant,” Hulings said. “They played a superb game. They got the victory and they stayed with it all the way to the end.”

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