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Ludington clinches outright West Michigan Conference boys soccer title

Orioles defeat Shelby, 3-0, and finish 10-0 in WMC as first-year members of the league.

Photos by Jonah Kelley | CatchMark

Shelby entered Wednesday’s big West Michigan Conference match playing some solid soccer of late.

Ludington looked the part of a champion, however, and that’s the type of effort the Orioles delivered en route to a 3-0 win that locked up the conference title.

In their first season as WMC members, the Orioles finish with a 10-0 league record. They’re on quite a roll, extending their winning streak to 12 games and boasting an 18-1-1 record.

Shelby is 11-9-0 overall and finished 7-3 in the conference.


Shelby senior soccer player Harry Jenkins was unable to play this season because of injuries suffered in a car accident this summer. Thanks to Shelby and Ludington working together, the four-year varsity player got the start last night. #fyp #mhsaa #csn #catchmarksportsnet #shelby #ludington

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Here are notables and more details on the match and the teams:

  • Ludington led 2-0 at halftime. The Orioles got on the board with 29:12 left in the half on a goal by Parker Wendt assisted by Spencer Holmes. They scored again with 10 minutes remaining in the half when Holmes tallied on an assist by Connor Wendt.
  • Ludington added its final goal with 38:30 remaining in the contest, when Steven Stidham scored on an assist by Nathan Wagner.
  • Ludington’s lone loss was a 1-0 decision against Petoskey on Aug. 30. The Orioles tied Cedar Springs on Aug. 27. They’ve outscored opponents by a combined 91-10 margin this season.
  • Ludington was ranked No. 13 in Division 2 in the latest Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association poll.
  • Shelby was riding an eight-game winning streak entering Wednesday’s match. During that stretch, the Tigers had outscored opponents by a combined 41-3 margin.
  • Ludington is the No. 1 seed in the Division 2 district at Coopersville. The Orioles will face the winner of Allendale and Reeths-Puffer.
  • Shelby will head to Fremont for a Division 3 first-round district match next Thursday. The winner will face top-seeded Manistee in that district, which is hosted by Hart.

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