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Five girls’ soccer teams from the Muskegon area are on the rise in May

MUSKEGON, MI – Believe it or not, the Michigan girls high school soccer season is just two weeks away from the district playoffs and several local teams are gaining momentum at just the right time.

Four teams from the Muskegon area have already made names for themselves in the latest Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association rankings, including Spring Lake (Division 2) and North Muskegon (Division 4) who were crowned the top teams in their respective fields.

A few other teams have also established themselves as district title contenders, with enough potential to make a postseason run of their own.

Let’s take a look at five girls soccer teams from the Muskegon area that are moving in the right direction as we close out the regular season.

North Muskegon senior Katie Kinahan (19) moves the ball down the field during the game against Spring Lake at North Muskegon High School in North Muskegon, Michigan on Friday, April 12, 2024. Spring Lake won 0-4.

North Muskegon (11-2-0)

The Norwegians have won eight of their last nine games, including an impressive 4-1 victory over Fremont on Thursday as the program celebrated Senior Night. North Muskegon now has a 9-0 record in West Michigan Conference action with recent wins over Manistee (9-1), Ravenna (6-0), Oakridge (4-0), Whitehall (6-1) and Montague ( 4-0). 2). Their only losses this season are to Spring Lake (No. 1 in D2) and Royal Oak Shrine (No. 2 in D4).

Spring Lake senior Ella Rebideau (25) moves the ball onto the field during the game against North Muskegon at North Muskegon High School in North Muskegon, Michigan on Friday, April 12, 2024. Spring Lake won 0-4.

Spring Lake (8-1-4)

The Lakers were recently ranked as the top team in the Division 2 field by the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association, and for good reason. The powerhouse OK Blue Conference program has recorded eight wins and two draws in its last 10 games, including a 6-0 victory over Reeths-Puffer on Thursday as the program celebrated Senior Night. The Lakers also have impressive wins over Holland Christian (2-0), Grand Haven (2-0), Fruitport (5-0) and Hamilton (3-1) in recent weeks and played to a scoreless tie with Mona. Shores in non-conference action.

Western Michigan Christian sophomore Kaiya Betten (10) chases the ball during the first half of the Division 4 District Championship girls soccer game between the Western Michigan Christian Warriors and the North Muskegon Norsemen at Western Michigan Christian High School on Friday, June 3, 2022 North Muskegon won the match 2-0 at full-time. (Daniel Shular | MLive.com)

Christian in Western Michigan (7-1-1)

The No. 3 team in the Division 4 field behind only North Muskegon and Royal Oak Shrine hasn’t lost a game since its season-opening loss to North Muskegon on March 20. The Warriors defeated Fruitport (4-1) in non-conference action on Thursday after wins over Wyoming Lee (8-0), Grand Rapids West Catholic (2-1), Byron Center Zion Christian (8-2), Wyoming Potter’s House Christian (8-0) and Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian (2-1).

With Zeeland West’s Allyson Yonker (12) hot on her heels, Mona Shores’ Ava Frey (10) looks to score at Zeeland West on Thursday, April 20, 2023. (Drew Travis | MLive.com)

Mona Kusten (11-2-2)

The Sailors continued their tough schedule last weekend with an appearance in the East/West Showcase event. Mona Shores suffered a 3-1 loss to Berkley, but rebounded later in the day with a 3-1 victory over state-ranked Salem. The No. 13-ranked team in Division 1 continues to maintain a lead in the OK Green Conference standings after wins over Zeeland West (4-1) and Zeeland East (5-2) last week and will kick off the OK tonight Green Conference tournament featuring a matchup with the Muskegon Big Reds.

Fremont (10-2-1)

The Packers enjoyed an 8-0 start to the season, but recently hit some bumps in the road with losses to Ludington (3-1) on April 29 and Thursday to top-ranked North Muskegon (4-1). Between the two results were wins over Hart (6-4), Howard City Tri-County (5-2) and a 2-2 draw against Fruitport. The growing club will look to build positive momentum this weekend with games scheduled against Grant and Newaygo on Saturday, followed by games against Montague (10-5-1) and Western Michigan Christian (7-1-1) next week.

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