Shelby Tigers beat Big Rapids 2-0 in D3 finals, capture their first district soccer title in 15 years

The Shelby Tigers are district soccer champions for the first time in 15 years,

The Tigers broke their long title drought with an exciting 2-0 victory over Big Rapids on Thursday in a Division 3 district championship game at Kingsley High School.

Shelby led 1-0 at halftime after the Big Rapids goalkeeper inadvertently put the ball in his own net. Riley Garcia capped the scoring in the second half with a goal off a corner kick.

Shelby goalkeeper Bishop Lee was outstanding in net, stopping seven shots, including two that came on 1-on-1 situations against a Big Rapids attacker.

“All of them were excited about making history in our soccer program by winning a district title again after 15 years,” said Shelby Coach Jairo Coronado. “Most of the players were babies at that time.

“By the second half we were up by one, and I talked to the players about how we had 40 more minutes to make the history we had been talking about. I asked them to give their best 40 minutes of the season.”

The Tigers, 7-3-2 on the season, now advance to the Division 3 regional tournament at Clare. They will play Tuesday night against a still undetermined opponent.

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