Soccer roundup 5/6: Western Michigan Christian blanks Covenant Christian; Oakridge downs Mason County

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Alexys Riksen and Alyssa Benedict scored two goals apiece to lead Western Michigan Christian to a 5-0 win Tuesday over Covenant Christian.

Jessica Kinnucan added a single tally and Riksen also added a pair of assists.

WMC goalie Lindsey Johnson made six saves in earning the shutout.

“Our girls are playing really good team soccer right now.  They don’t care who scores, who gets the assists or who gets the credit for a good defensive stop,” said WMC coach David Hulings.  “Our passing is with real intent and purpose and our off the ball movement continues to improve.

Covenant did a good job exposing some things we were weak at and we need to clean those up. They had too many chances to score and we need to stop them.  We gave too many corners. That is something we have to clean up.”

Oakridge 6, Mason County Central 0: Brandy Weaver and Aliza Olsen scored two goals apiece while freshman Mercedes Bahnke also scored her first two career goals to lead Oakridge. Mackayla Zimmer and Micky Wall combined for the shutout in goal for the Eagles. Oakridge outshot MCC 18-2. “We were able to get plenty of scoring chances, they just were not very well executed by the girls which is something we have to do a better job of as we move toward tournament time,” Oakridge coach Jeff Lohman said.

Whitehall 6, Montague 0: A second-half offensive explosion led Whitehall to over on Tuesday. The Vikings led just 1-0 at halftime. 
“We settled down (in the second half) and played a faster paced game of possession which allowed for more offensive chances,” said Whitehall coach Dan Nichols. “Our defense remains our backbone.” Miranda Jacobs put Whitehall on the board 1-0 with a shot from outside the 18 (yard line). Whitehall warmed up in the second half as Sarah Schmiedeknect and Kelsey Gensler posted two goals apiece. Schmiedeknect also had two assists while Gensler had one. Feshman Hanna Evans added a goal and an assist for Whitehall. The Vikings defense dominated Montague as goalie Sophia Stephens posted the shutout.

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