Girls Varsity Soccer · Sailors Will Play for a State Championship.

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When you don’t pay much attention to records or record books, stats or accolades or rankings, who scores or who doesn’t, minutes on the field or off, you can sometimes accomplish some pretty special things as a team and most times will experience a season of relationships and memories that last well beyond the Ws and Ls. It’s been that kind of season for South Christian Women’s Soccer and, with the bonus gifts of a few Ws, helping them to advance all the way through the sate tournament. For the first time since 2013, and only the second time in program history, the Sailor Sisters will be playing in the state championship game after defeating Boyne City 2-0 in the semi-final game at Cedar Springs.
The gritty and quick Ramblers made South work and think their way to a first half 1-0 lead after depositing long throws and corners into the Sailor six early on. But South stood firm. Keeper, Annika Zuverink, and the rest of the Sailor defenders secured and cleared balls amidst the chaos in front of the net. South, in turn, countered and built an effective counter attack through the middle and on the wings, getting into the BC end. And it was one such counter that produced the Sailors first score as Sarah Possett headed a long Ramble throw back up field to a slashing Jozlyn VanTol who pushed it ahead left, shot it off the charging keeper, kept moving forward to corral the rebound and slide it into the open goal. With that, the Sailors seemed to settle into their game a bit more and locked down the remaining 10 minutes of the half.
The second half saw the Sailors passing control limit the chances of the Ramblers and allowed no scoring attempts other than the always dangerous long throws and one corner kick. South’s essential second goal came halfway through the period initiated with a Sydney Cleary free kick from 35 yards out. BC cleared the ball however VanTol was the first to it, made a terrific step-over move to get herself to the endline where she crossed it into a crew of Sailors. The ensuing rebound came out to a ready Savannah Bosselaar who turned and fired a shot through the keepers hands into the far netting. With that insurance, South made the most of the final 20 minutes building on what they had already established and displaying a variety of combinations and passing sequences that might lead to a third goal. BC withstood the pressure and were determined to push forward themselves, getting through the midfield on occasion but not past the rock-hard defensive trio of Sydney Cleary, Morgan Rottman and Cierra Gabrielse. Another fitting shutout was achieved with the outstanding defensive effort of the entire Sailor squad.
South plays Friday, 1 pm, at Michigan State University’s DeMartin Soccer Complex for the D3 state championship.