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On Saturday’s breezy and cool yet sunny morning, South Christian traveled to non-conference neighbors Caledonia to play a game that hopefully meant far more than what would happen on the field. In what is planned to be the first of many, the two teams came together not only to represent their perspective schools but to bring awareness, support and sensitivity to mental health issues of our time in our communities. With sponsorship from the be nice. organization of West Michigan as well as the staff, students, players and coaches of both schools, the morning centered around an effort to initiate more understanding and discussion of the very real but often hidden mental health struggles in our families, schools and communities.
On this day there were no losers, a fitting representation in the 0-0 tie. While the Sailors carried much of the play and registered plenty of shots, the Scots were up to the task of of thwarting attacks, blocking shots, and turning away a potent South drive to the goal. Strong set up play from the midfield of Sarah Possett, Erika Hofman, Caitlin Bergsma and wings Emma Pothoven and Joz Vantol kept the offense fed and dangerous but solid shots into the net were hard to come by. Sailor keeper, Annika Zuverink, was seldom challenged, registering 1 save and the back line turned away the few counterattacks Caledonia managed to create. Top performance was certainly the Cal keeper who covered her area well, secured every shot toward her and even managed to toe-poke away a last minute break away chance by charging Cassidy Broekhuizen. South walks away pleased with the play, solid defending and offensive creativity but unsatisfied with the finishing touches.
The Sailors return to conference play next week Monday at EGR and home on Wednesday vs. TK.