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Spring Lake locks in second straight district title in top-10 showdown with Fruitport

See video highlights of the Lakers’ shutout victory over the Trojans in a soccer grudge match.

MUSKEGON — Two state-ranked, rival soccer teams squared off for a district title Thursday night at Reeths-Puffer’s Eric Marcil Field.

Ninth-ranked Spring Lake left with the trophy and its season intact. Seventh-ranked Fruitport saw a fantastic fall campaign end abruptly.

Spring Lake defeated Fruitport, 4-0, in a Division 2 showdown as the Lakers captured a second straight district championship.

The Lakers (15-2-3) advance to next Tuesday’s 5 p.m. regional semifinal at Cedar Springs, where they will face Grand Rapids Christian. Meanwhile, the Trojans finished with a 13-3-3 record.

After jumping ahead 3-0 in the first half, Spring Lake created the perfect recipe for a shutout victory. Despite the Trojans’ resiliency, the Lakers added a goal in the second half and punched their regional ticket.

The Lakers goals were scored by seniors Keegan Fritsche and Porter Saunders, and junior Conrad Bush, who tallied two, including a rebound from a missed penalty kick.

Spring Lake and Fruitport split two matches earlier this season.

Photos by Zach Zweigle | CatchMark

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