North Muskegon loses lead, falls in Division 4 regional semifinal soccer game

Local Sports Journal

The North Muskegon Norsemen stormed out to an early lead, but could not hold on Tuesday night against the Leland Comets.

The Norsemen dropped a 4-3 decision in a Division 4 regional soccer game played at Suttons Bay High School.

“We played a little sloppy, but our kids playedl with a ton of heart,” NM coach Jeremy Tjapkes said. “We emptied the tank tonight, but it wasn’t enough.”

NM took a 2-0 lead in the first half. Anthony Smith and Zach Rummery scored. Smith scored just 4 1/2 minutes into the game and Rummery with 15 minutes left in the half. Rummery scored after carrying the ball in from the corner and firing a shot that hit a Leland defender and ricocheted into the net.

Leland scored got the board late in the first half and early in the second to tie the game. The Comets gained a 3-2 lead before NM tied it at 3-all.

Smith scored his second of the night on the game-tying goal.  After a throw-in, the front of the net became crowded and Smith was able to push a shot into the net.

Leland netted the game-winning goal with 8 minutes left in the game.

“As the game went on, it seemed like Leland was getting stronger and were almost like we were wearing down,” Tjapkes said. “It was just I think we were still on a hangover high from winning districts.”

Matt Fleise led Leland with three goals.

The Comets had a 15-10 advantage in shots.



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