Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Catholic Central boys soccer team fell one goal short in its quest to qualify for the state semifinals.

The Crusaders dropped a 1-0 decision to Bellaire Friday night in a Division 4 regional final match at Western Michigan Christian High School.

Drew Emery scored the lone goal with about 10 minutes remaining in the first half for Bellaire, with an assist from Hunter Rowe.

MCC’s best scoring chance might have come in the first half when Evan Morse had a breakaway opportunity, but his shot went wide of the net.

The Crusaders also failed to score following several corner kicks late in the contest.

“We had more opportunities than them, we just couldn’t find the back of the net,” said MCC Coach Bill Moulatsiotis. “We would string 8,9,10 passes together but couldn’t make anything out of it.

“Once they got their goal they just dropped back into a defensive shell. Their defense just kind of sat back and booted it up field.”

Moulatsiotis credited senior goalkeeper Todd Hall for his performance on Friday and his leadership throughout the season.

“Todd is great, he’s one of a kind,” Moulatsiotis said. “He’s probably the best goalie I’ve been around in my years of soccer. He’s a wonderful leader on the team. He’s the same way on and off the field. He has the right attitude about soccer and life in general.”

The coach also singled out Adam Callow for his strong play Friday.

MCC finished the season 15-8-1.