West Ottawa traveled to Forest Hills to take on Grandville a third time this season in the second round of the playoffs. West Ottawa had lost to Grandville twice on the season, once in a double OT sudden death affair and the other in a game that West Ottawa was close, but Grandville had pulled away.
West Ottawa’s season has been filled with highs and lows. The win column did not reflect how competitive the team was this season and it definitely did not reflect the hard work that the players put into it. Unfortunately, West Ottawa couldn’t make the third time the charm. Grandville was able to gain control of many of the draw controls and controlled the game. The West Ottawa defense played tough for the entire game and worked hard to keep Grandville off the scoreboard. The first 15 minutes of the first half limited Grandville to just 3 goals.
The second half was much like the first half. West Ottawa was unable to gain control of the game and played on defense for a majority of this game. West Ottawa tried multiple personnel on the draw circle and also taking the draw. None of the combinations seemed to pan out for the Panthers.
Freshman goalie, Kylie Hower, played well in goal and continued to show promise as the season moved forward. Considering this was her first year, she has made considerable improvements with time in goal. The whole team has seen major improvements as the season has progressed.
The second half came to a close and Grandville walked away with a victory. West Ottawa had two goal scorers on the night. Holland Christian senior, Elise Kunkel, netted two goals. West Ottawa Sophomore, Leeza Jongekryg, added one.
With 43 girls taking part in a non-traditional sport this season, the improvements were there. West Ottawa will be losing seven seniors off of their varsity roster. The rest of the team will be back next season with a full season under their belt and hopefully a full off season with more playing experience.
The team from West Ottawa played their hearts out this season and the coaching staff was very proud of the work that they put into the season. The programs future is bright as we bid farewell to our seniors who will go onto bigger and better things. The example and the work that they put forth will be something that the new generation of talent will need to aspire to. If this season is any indication, they are well on their way.