The spring season can be a pitiful grind. The weather is terrible, kids get hurt, others step up, travel is difficult, but when the best weather of the season falls on senior night, it makes it all better. A win doesn’t hurt either, it just puts the cheery on top.
The girls from West Ottawa have endured an interesting season. They have suffered three overtime sudden death losses, some close games, some blow outs, and a blown out tire on a bus ride to Mona Shores. Needless to say, it has been memorable for many reasons.
There is one night during the season that coaches and parents look forward to. That’s senior night. It’s the one night that the coaching staff gets to thank their seniors for all that they have done to help shape the program and also thank the parents for enduring the last four years of getting the kids to practice, games, and dealing with the ups and downs of high school.
Northview came to West Ottawa and found out quickly that this was not going to be their night. The first goal of the game was scored in less than 15 seconds, by a senior from Holland Christian, Elise Kunkel. A few more followed relatively quickly and the race was on to see if West Ottawa could run away with the game.
West Ottawa has dealt with injuries all season, but they weren’t counting on losing their goalie, Timberlyn Mazekis. JV goalie, Kylie Hower, was promoted to varsity for the remainder of the season and she has adapted to the speed of varsity very well. Her teammates worked hard on defense to minimize shots, but Northview managed to get one before the half.
The second half was much of the same, but West Ottawa saw some goals from new players during this game. West Ottawa was able to add six more goals on the board in the second half and Northview managed to squeak three more past Hower.
On the night that seniors are the focus, seniors made a big difference in this game. Senior, Elise Kunkel, had 4 goals, 1 assist, 9 draw controls, and 7 ground balls. Holland Christian senior, Tori Okma added two goals. West Ottawa senior, Sarah Olney scored her first goal of the season….on senior night.
Rounding out the scoring was the brat pack.(underclassmen) West Ottawa sophomores, Leeza Jongekryg (1), Maya Cooper (2), and Rylee Gonzalez (2), managed to add to the firepower. West Ottawa freshman, Claire Vellinga added two goals and 1 assist.
West Ottawa travels to Lowell tonight for a 5pm game. Their next home game will be May 22nd @ 7pm versus Kalamzoo United in the first round of the playoffs.