The original game for this contest was “snowed out” in April, yes you read that correctly. The rescheduling of this contest took some effort for both clubs considering almost everyone has three games scheduled every week. Fortunately, there was an opening on a Friday night in May and both clubs went to work.
The early part of the first half both teams exchanged goals and it looked similar to the first meeting with both teams just trying to one up one another. Mid way through the first half, Grand Haven pulled away with a flurry of goals to take a 10-4 lead. Scoring in the first half for West Ottawa was Elise Kunkel, Tori Okma, Lauren Bushouse, and Ezzy Hernandez.
The second half continued with Grand Haven on a run, but West Ottawa slowed that with some goals of their own. At two different times, West Ottawa was given a yellow card and they had to play a man down. The first card was because a West Ottawa asked the official to move so that she could play defense. The second yellow card was called on a legal stick check with the offensive player hanging her stick down by her hip trying to get through midfield traffic.
West Ottawa finished the second half with two goals from Sarah Moraw and Claire Vellinga added one for good measure. In a rivalry game, the officiating was less than optimal or equitable. It is hopeful that improvements will be made by all parties in the coming year.