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Spring Lake pulls away from North Muskegon in top-10 girls soccer matchup

Division 4 third-ranked Norse within 3-2 early in second half, but fall 6-2 to Division 2 fourth-ranked Lakers.

Photos by Scott DeCamp | CatchMark

SPRING LAKE — Regardless of the outcome of Friday night’s top-10 girls soccer matchup, North Muskegon coach Caleb Parnin was eager to see his team pushed by a top-notch opponent like Spring Lake.

The Division 2 fourth-ranked Lakers pushed the Division 4 third-ranked, visiting Norse for sure, then they pulled away for a 6-2 nonleague victory.

Here are details and notables from the match:

  • Spring Lake took a 3-0 lead into halftime. North Muskegon pulled within 3-2 on goals by freshman Alex Johnson and senior Natalie Pannucci and had 30 minutes remaining, but Spring Lake put it away with three more tallies.
  • Spring Lake finished with an 18-3 advantage in shots over North Muskegon.
  • Sophomore Ada Halverson and junior Kiele Stephenson scored two goals apiece for Spring Lake.
  • Juniors Ella Andree and Clara Howe also scored goals for Spring Lake.
  • North Muskegon junior keeper Emma Lamiman made 12 saves.
  • North Muskegon slips to 1-2-1 overall. The Norse defeated Hart earlier in the week, 5-0, in the West Michigan Conference opener. This season, they’ve lost to Reeths-Puffer (1-0) and tied Division 4 fourth-ranked Western Michigan Christian (0-0).
  • Spring Lake improves to 2-0-1 on the season. The Lakers defeated Western Michigan Christian (1-0) and tied Grand Rapids West Catholic (3-3).
  • North Muskegon plays up north next weekend, taking on state-ranked opponents Harbor Springs Friday and Elk Rapids Saturday.

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