Through the first 15 minutes of the game, Grand Haven was the better side. They controlled the midfield and generated numerous quality shots. West Ottawa seemed overmatched, with the exception of Jorge Campos, who was relentless in his effort to wrestle control of the ball and push play to the other end of the field.
Gradually, Campos’ teammates fed off of his energy, following his example. By the end of the first half, play had leveled out. The Panthers were generating their own opportunities, including a Capi Urbina strike from 40 yards that seemed destined for the net until it drilled the crossbar.
Grand Haven managed a single goal in the half that they had dominated early.
West Ottawa maintained their play throughout the second half, pressuring the Buccaneer defenders to clear the ball over the sideline time after time. Despite the Panthers’ repeated attacks on goal and a fantastic one-on-one save by keeper Colton Griffin, the Panthers came up short, giving up a late goal on a counter-attack.