Local Sports Journal

Alexys Riksen scored four goals to lead Western Michigan Christian to a season-opening 8-0 win over Whitehall on Monday.

WMC led 2-0 at halftime and scored six second-half goals.

“The two goals against the wind in the first half made a big difference. Whitehall came out hard in the second half and if they would have scored and closed the gap to 2-1 it would have been a different game,” said WMC coach David Hulings. “Once we scored a couple of goals in the second half, it was kind of easy sledding from there.”

Brea Frein, Megan Teeter, Jessica Kinnucan and Alyssa Benedict added a goal and two assists for the Warriors.

WMC goalie Lindsey Johnson made one save in posting the shutout.

“This was our first game of the season. We practiced all spring in the cold and mostly inside and this was out first time outside for a game,” said Hulings. “So, it was nice to just be able to play. The girls were just so excited to play that the snow and cold was not really a factor until later in the game.”