The Western Michigan Christian soccer team has been focused on finishing games.LSJ Logo incert

That was a problem earlier in the week when the Warriors lost a game after giving up a goal with 37 seconds remaining, and settled for a tie after giving up a goal in the final eight minutes.

But they turned the tables in a big way on Saturday when Dylan Mines scored with two seconds remaining in the game, giving WMC a thrilling 2-1 victory over state-ranked Whitehall in a non-league contest on the Warriors’ home field.

WMC improved to 4-4-1 on the season.

Whitehall led 1-0 at halftime, then the Warriors tied the score midway through the second half on a goal by Evan Fles.

The winning goal was a group effort.  With the clock running down, WMC goalkeeper Michael Merz snatched a Whitehall crossing pass out of the air and punted into the Viking zone. Fles took the kick and passed to Mines, who turned and shot the ball in the net just before time expired.

Warrior goalkeepers Chris Visser (first half) and Merz (second half) combined for the win.

Chance Larson, Pearson VanDine, Josh Paquin and Liam Rudd stood out defensively for WMC.