Lakers score 2-1 soccer victory over R-P

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by David Rumptz, Sports

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In a prequel to the District matchup set about two weeks from today, Spring Lake won a soccer thriller in Reeths Puffer Thursday night, 2-1. On a cold and misty night, both offensive attacks were shut out for the majority of the first half, neither able to put the ball into the net.

Photo: Grand Haven Tribune

Photo: Grand Haven Tribune

With the score deadlocked at 0-0 with eight minutes to go in the first half, senior Bradley Debien rifled a shot into the back of the net, giving the Lakers a 1-0 advantage that they held through halftime.

After playing for seven scoreless minutes in the second half, Reeths-Puffer took advantage of a free kick to even the score at 1 apiece. The Lakers and the Rockets went back and forth for the rest of the half, neither taking advantage of opportunities to score.

With 4 minutes left in the game, this all changed, with the Lakers senior leadership coming in handy once again. This time senior Ryan Zietlow put a ball just under the crossbar, giving the Lakers a 2-1 lead.

The Lakers held this lead for the remaining time, securing a huge win over a team they will face in the State Playoffs in just a short time. The defense stood tall in this low scoring affair, with senior Bruce Boes manning the net and continuing his streak of solid games, allowing just the one goal on the free kick.

The defense was powered by junior Ben Bouwhuis and sophomore Charlie Parker, who have been stellar all year for the Lakers. Junior defenseman Ben Bouwhuis said after the game that it was, “A huge game for us to win and make a statement since we play them in the first round of Districts in two weeks. To beat them now only gives us confidence moving forward.”

Unfortunately, the Lakers suffered a tough loss with Keaton Kval going down with a seemingly serious ankle injury. Kval has been a key player on defense for the Lakers this year.

The Lakers’ next games are October 4, vs. Sparta at 6:45, Coopersville on October 6, and West Catholic on October 11. Spring Lake holds a slim OK Blue Conference lead.

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