By Andrew Johnson
But that season came to an abrupt end on Thursday
The Sailors fell 5-1 to Grandville in the semifinals of the Division 1 district tournament at Grand View Elementary in Wyoming.
Grandville now advances to play Grand Haven Saturday morning in the district championship game.
The loss came in a physical contest that included more than 20 infractions called between the two teams.
Although the result was disappointing for Mona Shores, Coach Mike Apostle believes overall the team had a good year.
“We had a good season, we lost 13 seniors to start and we still won 11 games overall,” he said.
Grandville began the scoring midway through the first half when TJ Carpenter found Jesus Barajas with a crossing pass. Barajas then ripped a shot from the top of the goal box that found the back of the net.
With only a minute to play in the half, the Bulldogs took a 2-0 halftime lead when Min Kim assisted Matt Chance on a goal.
Starting the second half with a 2-0 deficit, the Sailors came out strong and created multiple scoring opportunities, but were unable to capitalize.
Grandville extended its lead nine minutes into the second half with a goal from Danny Burian which was assisted by Barajas.
Only one minute after the goal, Burian went down inside the Mona Shores box and was rewarded with a penalty shot. The ensuing goal put the Bulldogs up 4-0.
Mona Shores got its lone goal of the day when Cameron Erndteman scored on a penalty kick midway through the second half.
Jake Martin scored with five minutes remaining to give the Bulldogs a 5-1 lead.
Overall the Sailors were outshot 13-9.