Division 2 district soccer: Spring Lake squeaks past Reeths-Puffer 1-0; Fruitport stays alive

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A late first half goal and strong defense helped the Spring Lake girls soccer team down Reeths-Puffer 1-0 Tuesday in Division 2 district soccer action.LSJ Logo incert

Nora Adkins scored the lone goal for the Lakers (15-1-2) with eight minutes left in the first half on a cross from Morgan Carey.

Spring Lake Coach Jeremy Thelen credited Megan Harken, Kenzie Price, Abby Garrison, and Courtney Dockery for strong defensive play.

“It was a gusty game tonight and those girls dug in and played great defense and played smart. They dug down deep and did the soldier work for the game,” Thelen said.

Goalie Ayna Gordon posted the shutout for the Lakers, who outshot the Rockets 12-7.

Reeths-Puffer’s offense was marred after leading scorer Haley Ruiter went down with an injury in the first half. Goalie Elysia Mattos posted eight saves for the Rockets.

The game was the last to be played at Spring Lake’s field, appropriately nicknamed the “Swamp” because it sits right next to the Grand River. Next season the Lakers will be playing on a new turf field after playing on its current field since 1991.

Fruitport 3, Coopersville 1 – Three different players found the back of the net for the Fruitport girls soccer team on Tuesday, helping the Trojans advance in Division 2 districts. Fruitport moves on to a Thursday semifinal against Spring Lake. The Trojans and Coopersville played to a scoreless first half, but Fruitport came out on fire in the second, scoring two goals in the opening 10 minutes. Marissa Hassevoort scored her 23rd goal of the season, coming on an assist from Emily Winicki, then Lauren Maus added a goal to make it 2-0. Coopersville responded with a goal from Ashley Stantizek to cut its deficit in half, but the Trojans got breathing room with a goal from Winicki, assisted by Jensyn Stanberry. Fruitport outshot Coopersville 20-4 and goalie Monica Holden had three saves for the Trojans.

 

 

 

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