Local Sports Journal

Freshman Ben Mast scored his first three varsity goals on Thursday night in Western Michigan Christian’s 4-0 nonleague boys soccer victory over visiting North Muskegon.

Ben Mast

Mast, in his third varsity game, connected a minute into the game, four minutes later and six minutes into the second half.

For WMC (2-1), it was a stellar first half.

“I had nothing to say at halftime,” WMC coach David Hulings said. “There were no mistakes. It was incredible.

Mast took a pass from Alex Rop and scored 1:04 into the game. Fellow freshman Will Deur set up Mast’s second goal 4:28 into the game.

Just 10:35 into the game, senior Alec Breit scored his first goal of the season with assistance from sophomore Matt VanderPloeg.

Mast completed his hat trick early in the second half after redirecting a shot by Breit that slid past NM goalkeeper Jesse Dunn.

“Actually, the first 40 minutes was the best a team has played for me since I’ve been here,” said Hulings, who is in his seventh season.

North Muskegon pressed the issue more in the second half, but could not get a shot past WMC goalkeeper Jacob Berens.

WMC outshot North Muskegon 14-6.