The Zeeland West Dux soccer team ended their regular conference season with a big win over Holland, 6-2. While technically a “home” game, the Dux traveled to the Netherlands because of unplayable conditions on their home surface due to the rain. Holland jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead off of a corner kick, less than six minutes into the game. However, the Dux would answer by scoring three goals before halftime.
Brooklyn Geerlings scored two goals and added an assist. Amina Molina, Abby Gruppen, Abby Winn and Rylee Terpstra tallied a goal apiece. Anna Miller led the Dux with two assists, while Zoe Grant, Jordyn Klaasen and Winn chipped in assists as well. Grace Caywood and Samarah Arendsen split time between the pipes to secure the win for the Dux.
“Holland can be explosive offensively and have scored goals on almost every team they have faced this season. To give up an early goal is not necessarily the start we wanted to have, but our kids remained cool, calm and were able to assert themselves everywhere on the pitch, “said West coach Ben Hondorp. “Our defensive line played an intelligent and patient game tonight. Our midfield was able to move the ball around relatively well, and we were really effective on the wings tonight. It’s really awesome watching our kids buy into what we continue working on in practice every day, tonight it really paid off in a big way. Our energy and enthusiasm continue to drive our season, and everyone contributed tonight. Very satisfied with how we managed the game and found the back of the net. “
The Dux move to 7-1-1 on the season (6-0-1 in the OK Green). They face Allendale, Unity Christian and the East Grand Rapids before returning to the conference tournament play in a couple of weeks.
For Holland, Layray Paw scored the first goal of the game with a head ball from a corner kick by Lydia Steeby. Holland scored the last goal of the game on a breakaway by Riley Gainey.
“Defending Zeeland West’s speed is not easy,” said Holland coach Greg Ceithaml. “We made a few defensive misjudgments, but that could be contributed to the Dux organization.”
The Netherlands is now 5-6-1 and travels to Fennville on Friday.
Zeeland East 11, Muskegon 0
The Chix won big in the OK Green matchup.
West Ottawa 2, Caledonia 2
After scoring six minutes into the game on a goal by Jillian Garcia, the Panthers play went flat and they gave up two goals to Caledonia in quick succession in the 20th and 23rd minutes, to fall behing the Scots 2-1 at halftime.
The Panthers evened the score in the second half on a goal by Chelsea Overbeek to earn the tie.
West Ottawa is now 6-2-2 on the season and 4-2-2 in the OK Red
Zeeland 9, Hudsonville 7
Zeeland defeated Hudsonville in lacrosse action Tuesday night 9-7. A strong defensive performance was turned in by goalie Nate Machiele and defenders Jack Durham, Parker Lovell, and Toby Reinardy.
Scoring two goals a piece for Zeeland were Braydon Grassmid, Kyle Kender and Joey DeWeerd. Rounding out the scoring for Zeeland were Hunter Busscher, Issac VanderZwaag and Keith Jacobusse with one goal each.
Byron Center 12, West Ottawa 8
Cole Tulgestke. Trent Mulder and Cooper Nienhuis scored two goals each. Brody Becker and Mitch Weisner also scored for the Panthers.
Levi Henning led the D with six ground balls.