Tuesday, September 12, 2017
West Ottawa High School
East Kentwood High School
On Monday evening, West Ottawa traveled to Hope College to practice on the turf in preparation for their Tuesday game on similar turf at East Kentwood. That practice paid off.
The Panthers were precise in their passing throughout the first half, building effective scoring opportunities.The opening goal, though, was the result of individual effort. A West Ottawa pass sailed beyond Ray Mackey toward the left sideline. On Kentwood’s quick turf, the ball was destined to roll out, but Mackey pursued at full speed, reaching the ball as it neared the line. He battled a Kentwood defender, winning possession, then carried into the box where he was fouled before he could shoot. Coach Hoa Nguyen called on Omar Mireles to take the kick, and he converted. The half ended at 1-0.
The Falcons picked up their play in the second half. At 28:37, a Panther defender and Kentwood striker made shoulder-to-shoulder contact inside the box. The referee blew his whistle, awarding a penalty kick, which the Falcons converted. Though keeper Sam Beetham was unable to stop the PK, he made the save of the game 14 minutes later, getting a solid glove on a clean shot headed toward the upper right corner of the goal.
Only a few minutes later, Capi Urbina directed a long ball to George Campos, who was positioned on the left side of the box. Campos used a masterful first touch to play the ball down to his right foot, then drilled the bouncing ball into the far side of the goal for the game winner.
The Panthers are 2-0-2 in conference play, sitting atop the OK Red. They play at Grandville on Thursday evening.