Local Sports Journal
It doesn’t matter if it’s boys or girls soccer, games between Western Michigan Christian and Muskegon Catholic Central are highly competitive.
On Monday, it was the girls doing battle, and in the end, the visiting Warriors escaped with a 3-2 victory.
“This was a great game to watch, if it wasn’t in the rain and cold,” WMC coach David Hulings said. “But, the game was a well played game by both teams. Both teams looked good at one time in the game and both teams looked like they haven’t had a lot of practice time during the game.”
Jessica Ladd scored the first of her two goals on a breakaway in the opening half.
WMC came back and tied it on a goal by Alli Langeland on a set piece that started 35 yards from the goal. The first half ended in a 1-all deadlock.
“We had some good individual play the first half, but much more team-oriented play in the second half,” Hulings said.
Freshman Jessica Kinnucan gave WMC its first lead when she scored off a corner kick just 3:28 into the final half.
MCC came right back on Ladd’s second goal of the game that came after a Crusader corner kick.
Sophomore Alexys Riksen scored what proved to the be the game-winning goal just past the midpoint of the second half.
“There was a lot of great ball movement during the game by both teams and some good counter attacks,” Hulings said. “The fact that we have to play each other again and then possibly in districts only makes this a great rivalry.”
WMC is 3-1-1, 1-0 in the league.