Local Sports Journal

The Whitehall Vikings overcame an early deficit and gained a 2-1 girls soccer victory over the host Newaygo Lions.

The Lions struck first on a goal by Madi Giese that was assisted by Amber Maurer.

Before halftime, Whitehall tied it on a goal by Morgan Kellis that was assisted by Lauren Lopez.

Kelsey Gensler notched the game-winning goal in the second half to give the Vikings the narrow victory.

“Quick passing and time of possession were the keys to this victory,” Whitehall coach Dan Nichols said. “Newaygo is a fast and very physical team so we had to keep the play moving in order to avoid physical battles.”

Sophia Stevens and Jordan Gerome split time in the Viking net. Stevens made three saves and Gerome had four saves.

Whitehall had a 20-8 advantage in shots.

“I was just relieved to get our first game in and to not be in a gym practicing,” Nichols said. “This was a good game to build a season on. We came from behind to beat a physical team on their field. I couldn’t ask for a better opener.”