Late goal saves Sailors versus Zeeland East in OK Black tussle

Local Sports Journal

ZEELAND – Leading 1-0 for the majority of the match, the Mona Shores boys soccer team could have surrendered Thursday after host Zeeland East bagged the tying goal with just three minutes left.

Zeeland East senior Parker DeVoogd battles Mona Shores junior Destin Morely for possession at Thursday's league match. (Photo by Eric Sturr)

Zeeland East senior Parker DeVoogd battles Mona Shores junior Destin Morely for possession at Thursday’s league match. (Photo by Eric Sturr)

Instead, the Sailors (5-1-2, 5-2-1) responded in kind, scoring the game-winner just 45 seconds later to come away with the 2-1 OK Black Conference victory. The win moves the Sailors into second-place overall in the league.

Shores’ Nate Hoover goaled early in the match to give the Sailors what appeared to be the winning goal. Zeeland East’s Nicco Capotosto, however, scored to make it 1-1. At the 77:15 mark, Hoover assisted Jake DeRemer in the game winner.

Mona Shores’ head coach Jeremy Leffring praised Sailor goalkeeper Eli Bowers, who turned back six shots in the win. Browers “was incredible in goal,” said Leffring.

Mona Shores junior Nate Hoover takes the ball down the pitch past Zeeland East's Edward Elderkin. (Photo by Eric Sturr)

Mona Shores junior Nate Hoover takes the ball down the pitch past Zeeland East’s Edward Elderkin. (Photo by Eric Sturr)

Tuesday will be a matchup of 1 versus 2, as Shores travels to Reeths-Puffer to take on the Rockets.

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