Local Sports Journal

Jacob Dyer and Zach Gilson scored goals on Wednesday and led the Fruitport Trojans to a 2-0 nonleague soccer victory over the Grand Rapids Covenant Christian Chargers.

Dyer made a strong run anid put home a rebound to open the scoring for the Trojans (4-2-2). Taylor McLaughlin started the scoring play by dribbling around three Charger players before dishing to Matt Escalante, who shot was was aved. However, the rebound went right to Dyer, whose goal came at with 10:51 remaining in the opening half.

A Fruitport counter attack led to the second goal. Covenant pushed the ball into the offensive zone, but a quick Trojan attack led to Gilson’s goal. McLaughlin sent a pass to Gilson, who took it the final 40 yards and beat the goalkeeper with a shot to the far post.

Fruitport had an 11-7 favor in shots. Trojan goalkeeper Loghan Stong made seven saves while Charger keeper Austin Brower had nine.

Coach Greg Kobylak credited his defenders – Ryan Mason, McLaughlin, Cody Pekel and Colin Cribley – for their efforts.

“Their efforts were amazing and a major part of the shutout,” Kobylak said. “Matt Umstead was a wonderful spark off the bench.”