The Grosse Ile Red Devils defeated South Christian 2-1 after edging the Sailors 3-2 in penalty kicks
South Christian (21-5-2) had already beaten No. 1 ranked Holland Christian 2-1 in the regional finals before edging Ludington 2-1 in a shootout in Wednesday’s state semifinals. The Sailors were back in the finals for sixth time in 12 years and first since 2015 when South Christian beat Williamston 1-0 in a shootout for the crown. The Sailors also won titles in 2010 and 2012.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my guys,” South Christian coach Jason Boersma said. “Grosse Ile played a phenomenal game. They got the goal early. We absolutely fought back with heart and soul. That’s what this team has done all year. I know they are devasted. You don’t like to lose any game any time. Doing what they had to do to fight back, they put a lot of pressure on them and their keeper made some big saves.
“I think we have had seven games this year where we have been down one and came back and won. It shows a ton about the perseverance and determination that these guys have. We had three of the six games in this tournament where we were down one and we came back and won. That tells you about the heart and soul of this team, and I’m so proud of these guys.”