Local Sports Journal

The Western Michigan Christian Warriors scored three goals in the game’s first 12 minutes and cruised to a 7-1 victory over Fruitport Calvary Christian on Tuesday night.

Ben Mast

Ben Mast

The game was a district opener for both teams in the Division 4 state tournament.

Ben Mast led WMC (10-8-1) with four goals, followed by Will Deur, Dylan Mines and Eli VanderVelde with a goal each. Chaise Schuiteman and Mines each had two assists. Christian Rogers and Hunter Berens shared time in net for WMC.

“We were able to start out quite fast,” WMC coach David Hulings said. “We scored three goals in the first 12 minutes and that set the tone for the half.

“The second half Calvary really played tough,” Hulings said. “We had to work hard to the end.  Calvary played quite hard up the the final whistle.  We talked before the game about respecting our opponent and playing hard against them.  They were easy to respect.”

Fruitport Calvary’s Ililo Bisee scored his team’s lone goal near the midpoint of the second half.

The Warriors had a 21-7 advantage in shots.

WMC advances to Thursday’s 5 p.m. against host Muskegon Catholic. The Warriors defeated the Crusaders 3-2 in a shootout and 5-1 in two regular-season meetings.