Local Sports Journal

For Western Michigan Christian girls soccer coach David Hulings, Saturday’s 2-2 tie with Grand Rapids Catholic Central wasn’t just well-played match.

It was also a day for his squad to discover itself.

“We had some great play in this game and learned a little more about ourselves. It was a good game to see some new players have to step up and see how they would respond. We especially learned a little bit more on how to play with new personnel in new places. It takes a little to get used to some new things.”

With the tie, the Warriors’ record sits at 9-1-1.  

WMC’s Alexys Riksen started the scoring with a goal 14 minutes into the match. Some four minutes later, the Warriors’ Alyssa Benedict goaled to made it 2-0 WMC.

Catholic Central got on the board with a goal with five minutes remaining in the first half, and added another five minutes into the second half, where the score remained tied the remainder of the way.

“We need to get used to playing in different places and different times,” said Hulings. “Having a Saturday game was great and it gave us a little more experience to draw from later.”

Warrior goalkeeper Lindey Johnson turned back 13-of-15 shots, while the Warriors mustered seven shots in the tie.