MUSKEGON — The Western Michigan Christian Warriors capped the regular season on Monday with a 3-1 non-league soccer victory over the Ludington Orioles.
The young Orioles earned a 1-0 lead after the opening half.
“We were working on a few things that we wanted to put in place we need to if we go against Spring Lake or someone else deep in the tournament,” Ludington coach Kris Anderson said. “Playing a tougher opponent like WMC was just the test we needed in that situation.”
Maddy Billings initiated the Oriole’s only scoring play on a corner kick, and Emma McKinley finished it when she headed the ball into the back of the net with eight minutes left in the first half.
WMC answered with the tying goal 12 minutes into the second half, and added what would prove to be the game-winner a few minutes later, thanks to a Ludington misplay.
The Warriors scored their final goal with five minutes remaining.
Ludington had 16 shots on goal. But the Warriors kept up the pressure with 28 shots.
Orioles’ keeper Cambria Britton turned away 14 shots in the first half, while Grace Ashley played the second half in net and finished with 11 saves.
Ludington (7-10-2) travels to Fruitport on Thursday for a tournament matchup against Muskegon.