NORTON SHORES –The Western Michigan Christian girls soccer team came up short against a tough opponent in Wheaton Academy (Chicago, IL) on Friday evening.

The Warriors were shutout 1-0.

It was slow going as the action opened and though the Warriors generated a few opportunities down-field, they struggled to get anything close enough.

Goalkeeper Libby Mast made a few great saves to keep the score 0-0 at the end of the half.

The Warriors got caught off guard early into the second half. Wheaton managed to sneak past a few defenders to find the net and go up by a score of 1-0. With some resiliency, WMC tightened up and held off Wheaton for the remainder of the game.

The defense played a massive role in the game for the Warriors and coach Debbie Pekel was pleased with how they responded.

We never seemed to lack in our defensive efforts even with rotating every player into the mix,” said Pekel. “Our defensive line of Chloe Nadeau, Haley Breuker and Nadia Burr did a phenomenal job staying organized and eliminating chances.”

I am proud of our girls’ grit and determination to fight against a quality opponent,”

Western Michigan Christian (5-4-3, 4-0-1) is set to host Ludington in a critical game on Monday. Both teams currently sit side by side in the search for a Lakes 8 Activities Conference title.