Both the Panthers and the Buccaneers were effective in their defensive halves in this conference matchup, leading to a scoreless first half. Grand Haven’s best opportunity was thwarted by an excellent stop by keeper Colton Griffin then an excellent reaction by a West Ottawa defender, who cleared the follow-up off the goal line.
Grand Haven opened the second half with a quick goal off of a crossing pass. The Panthers nearly evened the score midway through the half when Blake Pedersen leaped to reach a well-place free kick and put a crisp header on net. The Buccaneer keeper made an excellent save.
The Panthers are home next week Tuesday against East Kentwood and Thursday in the Purple Power game against Grandville.