By Greg Gielczyk

LUDINGTON — Those three ties earlier in the season may come back to haunt the Ludington girls’ soccer team, which defeated a good Hart team by a 3-1 score Wednesday.

The game, played in Ludington, kept the Orioles undefeated in West Michigan Conference play.

But there’s always a chance the Orioles can snare at least a share of the conference should they continue their recent surge that has seen them win six straight games, and seven of their last eight.

“We played really well,” said Ludington coach Kris Anderson. “The intensity level and possession were solid all night. We took a step forward and have improved so much.”

The Orioles took a 1-0 lead Wednesday with nine minutes remaining in the first half. Mya Martin created the chance when she pushed a perfect pass to Madison Gasaway, whose finish opened the scoring.

Four minutes later, the Orioles got on the scoreboard again.  This time, Elianna Jeruzal found Emma McKinley on the wing and she buried a shot that gave the O’s a 2-0 halftime edge.

Ludington scored right away in the second half and extended its advantage to 3-0. Gasaway collected her second goal of the game, converting a pass from Alex Brusson.

Hart scored with 2 minutes remaining on a penalty kick.

“We passed the ball really well, looked for angles and looked to maintain possession,” Anderson added. “And again, defensively we played solid, and we neutralized Hart’s attack. Tonight we played a solid game. All aspects I felt we played really well at.”

Cambria Britton played the first half and nearly half of the second. She had 10 saves. Grace Ashley finished the game in goal and had four saves on five shots.

Ludington improved to 6-6-3 overall and 6-0-3 in the conference with a huge matchup at home Friday against Spring Lake, which is ranked No. 1 in Division 2.