Monday, May 1, 2017
East Grand Rapids High School
Wayland High School
On a cold, rainy Monday evening, the lady Wildcats traveled to East Grand Rapids high school to take on the Pioneers in an OK Gold conference matchup. The game, originally scheduled to be played at home, was moved to East Grand Rapids due to poor field conditions at home.
Wayland dominated the first few minutes of the game and was able to take the lead early on when Ashlyn Schafer found Amanda Brown unmarked in the midfield before she blasted a shot into the upper side netting for a fantastic goal. Not long after the goal, the Wildcats had a goal disallowed for a foul in the box. They didn’t let that stop them though as they continued to apply pressure to the Pioneer defense and finally broke through at the 16:33 mark as a corner kick resulted in Amanda Brown playing a nice pass to freshman, Kennedy Thelen, who scored a beautiful curling shot to double the lead for her team, her first goal of the season. Despite a number of good chances, the score went to halftime 2-0 in favor of the Wildcats.
The second half played out much the same as the first with the Pioneer defense and keeper playing tough and keeping the Wildcats from finding the back of the net. After a foul, the Pioneers got a goal back as the resulting free kick was placed perfectly and bet keeper, Rachel Wienclaw, making the score 2-1. Wayland answered quickly with a goal of their own to seal the win as Mckenna Bruin served a nice cross into the box that Brinley Nieuwenhuis was able to calmly redirect into the net.
Rachel Wienclaw made 7 saves in the win.
The Wildcats are now 5-3 overall (4-2 OK Gold) and host Grand Rapids Christian on Wednesday as they begin their second time through conference play.
East Grand Rapids