Warriors keep rolling in SO win
Photos by Randy Riksen, LocalSportsJournal.com
It took 2 halves 2 overtimes and some shootout heroics but the WMC team kept their magical season going with a win Thursday night.
It has been a smooth ride through the playoffs for the team as keeper Jameson Goorman and the Warriors defensive play have shut down the opposition leading to a ride into the Regional finals. Their run was fitting a team ranked #4 in the state.
But Thursday they would be facing the #1 team in D-4 when Calvin Christian came into town.
The Squires hadn’t lost since August 21st and after slipping by an upset minded Northpointe Christian in Districts they dispatched Potters House and Leland a pair of conference champs to get here.
The Warriors were playing on their home turf and their coach had referenced the strong bonding the group had formed during the season and particularly through this tourney run.
“For a regional game you could not have asked for two more talented teams and two teams that played with tremendous heart,” said Warrior Coach Coach David Hulings.
Calvin broke the scoreless tie at the 13 minute mark on a Matt Muller goal. The Squires held the 1-0 lead through intermission and 17 minutes into the second before Brevin Byrne got a low shot past the Squire goalie to knot the match at 1 where it stayed until the end of regulation.
Two overtimes later the score remained the same.
“Calvin seemed to control most of the overtimes and we were playing conservative. We thought we had a good chance in the shootout with our shooters and our keeper. Jameson had to make some great saves just to get us in the shootout, but he was not done for the night.”
In the shootout Brandon Fles, Byrne, Charlie Alfree, and Isaac Van Hoeven pounded in their shots while Goorman came up big twice to erupt a large home crowd and send the Warriors to Kentwood for a shot at playing in the state finals.
This “band of brothers” will face the winner of Saturday's match between Dansville and Kalamazoo Hackett.