On a blustery evening and increasingly cold setting in, the girls from West Ottawa played hard and had some bright spots against a talented team from Grand Rapids Christian. This game was not about effort or hard work, this was a game where GRC had some very talented players and winning possession was difficult all night long.
West Ottawa worked hard through the first half and came away with a couple of goals, but GRC moved the ball quickly and made some close quarter passing in traffic that led to some goals that put West Ottawa in significant deficit.
With that deficit, the team could have shut it down and just went through the paces. Instead, they continued to play hard to make some improvements in some areas. They went hard after ground balls, draw controls, and played really good defense at times. The offense looked good when settled and capitalized on some opportunities in and around the goal.
The young team from West Ottawa continues to show progress even if the score doesn’t completely indicate it. The team is working well together and continuing to build chemistry. As with all teams, there are growing pains. This is to be expected with a wide range of talent and skill.
West Ottawa standouts for the game included Elise Kunkel, senior from Holland Christian, with (2) goals. Holland Christian senior, Tori Okma scored a goal. West Ottawa sophomore, Leeza Jongekyg, scored a goal and had an assist. West Ottawa freshman, Claire Vellinga, scored a goal and had an assist in the contest. West Ottawa sophomore, Timberlyn Maziekas, faced over 30 shots on the evening, but made some huge saves.