• Madi Boerger

JV Girls Soccer Mercies Whitehall

“Is there even a mercy rule in JV?” Coach Kate Ghilcrest asks during the first half of the game. Turns out there is.

After a rocky start to the season, the first week of games for the Girls’ JV Soccer was much anticipated. After coming back from spring break, both JV and Varsity Soccer learned their coaches were in quarantine. Then, after finding a guest coach for the JV team and having one game and two practices with her, Spring Lake JV took the home field against Whitehall.

Straight off the whistle, the girls were connecting passes and getting around the Whitehall players. Right away, the Lakers got it down to the box, but Whitehall cleared it out giving Spring Lake the corner. After sending it into the box from there, Clara Howe put it in on a header, with an assist from Paige Knollinger.

When Spring Lake was up 1-0, a Whitehall forward received a send and had a good run down the field into Spring Lake territory. Delaney Meyers, Laini Furton, and Madi Boerger held the defensive line strong, shutting down her run.

Still in the first half, Ava Fouchea, put a fast one past their goalie and defense. Then, on the next corner Samantha Redeker put in another header goal with an assist from Clara Howe.

A few minutes later, Clara Howe snuck in another one with an assist from Kiele Stephenson.

Up 4-0 at the half, the Lakers took time to breathe and get some water. Then, Whitehall had the kickoff to start the second half. When the whistle blew, the Whitehall forward dribbled out of the center. The ref quickly called the illegal play awarding Spring Lake a free kick at half. Everyone pushed up as Laini Furton took the kick. After fighting to put one in from in the box, Clara Saunders finally did.

A little while later, after a pushing call from the ref, Spring Lake was given another free kick, this one direct. Clara Howe took the kick putting it in right over the goalies hands and right under the crossbar.

The next goal came from Phoebe Ryan and the eighth and final goal came from Paige Knollinger. After Paige’s goal the ref blew the three whistles ending the game with five and a half minutes left on the clock. Spring Lake had mercied Whitehall. Keeper Caroline Henry blocked Whitehall’s two total shots giving Spring Lake the shutout 8-0.

This Monday, April 19th, Spring Lake takes on Unity Christian at Unity Christian at 5pm - one of their hardest opponents of the season. Spring Lake is 2-0 so far beating Hamilton 4-0 in addition to mercing Whitehall. Whereas Unity Christian is 2-2-0.

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