Local Sports Journal

For the second time this season, the Grand Rapids Covenant Christian Chargers blanked Western Michigan Christian 2-0 on the soccer field.

Two weeks ago, it was on Covenant’s field. On Tuesday night, the Chargers won at Warrior Field.

“Being consistent for 80 minutes,” said WMC coach David Hulings, in explaining the reason for the Warriors’ current woes. “We have to keep going.”

It was the third straight game the Warriors failed to score a goal.

On Tuesday, Covenant got on the board on a rather controversial goal when WMC goalkeeper Christian Rogers made a save in front of the goal, but was bumped over the line by a Charger player.

“That goal was unfortunate because we thought he was bumped into the net,” Hulings said. The goal was credited to Tyler Decker. That goal came before 7 minutes had expired in the opening half.

Covenant scored again with 4:50 remaining in the first half on a shot by Travis Bouwkamp. Corbin Prince drew the assist.

Covenant, ranked No. 1 all season long in Division 4, had a 12-4 advantage in shots.

“We lost the game because we kept losing 50-50 balls in the first half,” said Hulings, whose team fell to 7-7-1 overall, 4-2 in the River Valley Conference.