Western Michigan Christian’s boys soccer team falls at home to Elk Rapids

Local Sports Journal

The Elk Rapids Elks brought their ‘A’ game to Muskegon on Saturday afternoon for a soccer match.

The state-ranked Elks scored four second-half goals and defeated the Western Michigan Christian Warriors 4-2 in a game played at Warrior Field.

“I thought we came prepared to play a really good half a game,” WMC coach David Hulings said. “There weren’t going to drive all the way down here and not play hard.”

The Warriors took the lead in the opening half on a crossing pass from Ben Mast that Chaise Schuiteman redirected into the net.

The second half was a different story as Andy Atkinson scored two goals while Jesse Starr and Spencer LaPoint had one each for the Elks (11-3).

“We did make some adjustments the last 20 minute of the first half,” Elks coach Nate Plum said. “They took it to us for 20 minutes.

“We have some technically gifted players and we can run forever,” said Plum, whose team is dominated by 14 seniors.

“We like coming down here because it’s always a good game,” Plum said. “We always know when we play WMC, it’s going to be a good game and that’s what we need.”

WMC fell to 8-5-1.

“We’ve been beaten by a lot of senior-laden teams,” Hulings said.

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