Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Community College men’s soccer team fell behind early and couldn’t battle back in a 4-2 loss to Owens Community College.

The game, played in Cincinnati, was a Region XII semifinal game.

In the opening half, Owens raced out to a 3-0 lead. That included two goals in the last four minutes of the half and one came on a penalty kick.

MCC cut the deficit to 3-1 just 45 seconds into the second half on a goal by Marcos Moul and assisted by Austin Blaski.

A second penalty kick for Owens made it 4-1. KJ Sanchez scored Muskegon’s final goal with 4 minutes left. Moul was credited with the assist.

Owens had a 9-8 advantage in shots. Jayhawk goalkeeper Loghan Stong made five saves.

The Jayhawks finished the season with a 13-7 record. That win total is a school record. They were co-champs in the league and finished third in the Region. Those finishes represent the best in school history.

“Overall, I’m very pleased on the season, especially considering we have only five sophomores on the team,” MCC coach Ben Ritsema said.