Local Sports Journal

Maybe the North Muskegon Norsemen were looking past their Thursday night opponent in Division 4 boys district soccer action.

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North Muskegon goalkeeper Jesse Dunn goes up high to make a save in Thursday’s Division 4 district soccer victory over Fruitport Calvary Christian. Photo/Shannon Wallis.

In the end, the Norsemen did prevail, 2-1, over a pesky Fruitport Calvary Christian team. The game was played at Warrior Field, home of the Western Michigan Christian Warriors.

Calvary’s talented senior Drew Maine gave his team a 1-0 lead near the midpoint of the first half with a well placed shot that sailed past NM goalkeeper Jesse Dunn and into the net.

It wasn’t until 12 1/2 minutes of the second half had been played that North Muskegon was able to score. Will Byl fired a shot that caught the upper right corner of the net to tie the game.

Byl also scored what proved to be the game winner with 10:12 remaining in the game. His close-in shot came with a big crowd of players gathered in front of the Eagle net.

North Muskegon advances to district finals at 11 a.m. Saturday against Muskegon Catholic, a 6-0 winner over Kent City Algoma Christian in the other semifinal game.