Northpointe Christian girls varsity soccer traveled to Muskegon for a conference match against MCC, and when the final whistle blew it was Northpointe bringing home a hard-fought win with a score line of 2-1.
After a slow start, the ladies quickly found their form. Strong pressure resulted in a corner kick which was well served by Michelle Streekstra to Katie DeLong who flicked the header into the net to open the scoring in the 13th minute. With confidence dictating the run of play, Northpointe struck again in the 19th minute with a quick transition that led to Hanna Silvey cutting to the left corner of the MCC penalty box and deftly serving a flying Katie DeLong. DeLong calmly finished it giving the Mustangs a 2-0 lead. They’d protect that lead to the intermission.
The second half saw MCC turn up their defensive work rate which gave them more of the run of play. The Mustangs defense recovered well and shut down the easy chances and Mel VanderZiel played strongly to keep MCC at bay. However, a long free kick from the home team found the back of the Mustangs net to close the gap. It was nail-biting time as MCC kept the pressure on although Northpointe did have a few great chances on counter attacks to put the match away which weren’t converted. Ultimately the clock was on Northpointe’s side and the ladies brought home an important conference win home.
A nod goes out to the defensive players today who did a fine job of neutralizing a good MCC attack: Bri Winkel, Hope Kole, Ali Foster, Rachel Smestad, and Mel VanderZiel in goal.
The girls are back in action on Thursday, hosting Freedom Christian at 4:00.