Tigers Top Lions 4-3
By N3 Sports Team
Photos by Anette Deters
The age-old rivalry between the Tigers and Lions gets renewed every time the two schools meet whether on the court, the gridiron, the diamond or other athletic venue.
On Monday it was the soccer field and the Tigers jumped out to an early lead then held off a Lion charge to secure the win.
The teams spent the first ten minutes feeling each other out with a lot of back and forth action but after Grant stuck their first goal into the net...
...they came back a minute later to fire in another for a 2-0 lead. As the teams edged toward halftime the Tigers punched in a third score and held a 3-0 advantage heading into the second half.
The second half the Lions came out strong and scored twice but the Tiger squad responded with what proved to be the winning goal to make it 4-2. Newaygo got the match back to within 1 but the Grant team held off Newaygo’s attempts to tie and came away with the win.
Familiar names accounted for Grant’s scoring with Christopher Barendreght hitting on two goals and an assist, Dakota Arsenault booting in a goal and collecting 2 assists, and Angel Ochoa adding to his dual sport scoring total with a goal.
Ochoa, known in the Grant press box as ‘Thunderfoot” has also been booting a few field goals and extra points through the uprights for the football team this season as well as handling kickoff duties.
Top Defenders for Grant were Colin Magin with 30 steals, Michael Frey who finished with 28 and Ochoa who snared 23. Goalkeeper Javi Jasso had 9 saves.
“Both Grant and Newaygo have young players and played a hard game,” said Tiger Coach Ron Wight. “It seems all of our games have been close and it’s turning out to be a very well-matched conference.”