Western Michigan Christian scores early, hangs on to defeat Muskegon Catholic 1-0

Local Sports Journal

Western Michigan Christian senior Alec Breit scored the game’s only goal 54 seconds into the game on Thursday night.

From there, the Warriors’ defense withstood some heavy pressure and hung on for a 1-0 River Valley Conference victory over rival Muskegon Catholic.

WMC goalkeeper Jacob Berens

Breit took a pass from Chaise Schuiteman and raced up the right. When MCC goalkeeper Todd Hall came out to challenge for the ball, Breit rolled the ball past him and into the net.

Muskegon Catholic dominated the rest of the first half against a Warrior defense depleted of two senior players. There were plenty of close calls for the Crusaders, but WMC goalkeeper Jacob Berens was able to make the save each time.

WMC had more pressure in the second half, but could not score.

“They are a good team,” said Berens, who posted the shutout in net. “They always bring everything they’ve got against us.”

Well, there will be one more meeting between the teams. That will be in the opening game of districts on Oct. 16.

But on Thursday night, it was a young group of Warriors who had to get the job done.

“We had to go a little deeper on our bench,” Warrior coach David Hulings said.  “It was a program win tonight, not an individual win. Catholic came right at us.”

The Crusaders had a 17-15 advantage in shots.

WMC improved to 9-6-1, 5-1-1 in the River Valley. The Crusaders are 10-4, 3-4.

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