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sports 9 I Sioux County Index-Reporter June 3, 2015 Western Christian Western Christian scores two advances to round two late runs for By Nathan Broek I Sports Editor nbroek@ncppub.com ORANGE CITY-The Western Christian boys soccer team went into the 2015 regional soccer playoffs with four wins in their last five games and showed AI- ta-Aurelia how good a team they are in a 15-0 stomping on Tuesday, May 26 to advance to the second round of the Class 1A regional playoffs on Thursday against MOC-Floyd Valley. It did not take long for the Wolfpack to start ripping the back of the net as their first goal came 16 seconds in offthe foot of Ethan Van Holland.Twelve seconds lat- er Justin Kamstra scored the second goal and the third goal came at the 58-second mark from Matt Van Holland. The Indians' defense held surge until the 34th-minute as Sean Kleinwolterink found a hole in the defense for another score and a 4-0 halftime advantage. "Obviously the guys were excited to get off to such a fast start scoring three goals in the first minute. While it was great to build the lead so quickly, I think it actually kind of had a negative impact for most of the rest of the first half" said Western Christian coach Justin Negen. "After those goals everybody wanted to try to do everything by himself. We did way too much dribbling and stopped playing as a unit. Also, we played the whole half in the middle third of the field, which made us really easy to defend. Al- though we held the ball in our offensive zone for most of the first half, we didn't generate many good scoring chances:' The Wolfpack made the adjustment during halftime and the flood gates opened as they scored 11 goals to put the game away. "At halftime, we talked about stringing passes together, playing the ball to the outside and switching fields. Basically, I just wanted to see them play together and show some offensive creativity:' Ne- gen said. "I thought the guys did a great job with making adjustments and things really started to open up for us. I think seven of our 11 goals in the second half had assists. That shows that the guys were intentionally looking for each other instead of just trying to go one-on-one. It's fun to see a guy make a great pass Ryan Zevenbergen (6) tries to step over (10) Ben Stange of Alta-Aurelia during the first round of the Class IA region I soccer playoffs on Tuesday, May 26. Photo/Jeff Bylsma. and have a teammate finish on the other end:' Negen concluded by saying he hopes this late-season momentum continues. "It's always good to get a tourna- ment win and I was pleased with how we played off of each other in the sec- ond half. We have a very tough test on Thursday, so we'll try to put a good game plan together and be ready to go against MOC" he said. Justin Kamstra finished the game with the hat trick. Justin Faber and Chris Bac- cam each had two. Jacob LeLoux, Bren- den Timmerman, Ethan Van Holland, Matt Van Holland and Riley Van't Hul each had one. Kamstra, Sean Kleinwolt- erink and Matt Van Holland each had two assists. Western Christian had 29 shots with 27 on goal. Keeper Tyson Kooima did not have a save. opening,day win Wolfpack fall to Bla in overtime, defensive battle By Nathan Broek Sports Editor nbroek@ncppub.com HULL-The defensive ef- fort was there once again for the Class IA 15th- ranked Western Christian girls soccer team, but Sioux City East was just as good and the game remained scoreless un- til the Black Raiders got the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Wolfpack a I-0 defeat on Wednesday. "We came into the game knowing that it would be a great learning experi- ence for us as a team. East has always had a strong program and a lot of girls that play club soccer, so our goal for the game was to not worry about the score and get experience playing against a great soccer team:' said Western Christian coach Justin Fa- bet. The score was not much of an issue as both de- fenses made life difficult for the opposing offense, limiting clean looks at the goal and forcing the sud- den death overtime. "1 thought as a team we progressed and improved as the game went on. In any sport, when you play against a high level of competition, you quickly figure out what passes do and don't work and play- ers tend to rise to the oc- casion:' Faber said. "The first half of our game we were flat and tried to pre- vent them from scoring, but we had little posses- sion and our transitions were weak. Our forwards were just looking for breakaway through balls behind the defense, but their back line was solid" Faber added that hav- ing their leader go out with a mid-game injury was a factor. "Kenzie Bousema, our leading offensive threat, went out early in the first half after a freak bounce of the ball hit her in the nose.That hurt us not hav- ing her up front:' he said. "We made some adjust- ments and in the second half we had some quality looks on goal" Those looks did not find the back of the net and Sioux City East took ad- vantage of its final oppor- tunity at the 86-minute mark for the win. "In the 70th minute Kailey Heemskerk had a By Nathan Broek I Sports Editor nbroek@ncppub.com GLPdCL 2001 2005 Western Chdstian 1 0 2 0 1 0 2 6 HULL-Every team will be a little sluggish to start the first game of the season, but not very many teams have an early-season battle either. That is the type of game that played out for the Western Christian softball team on Tuesday, May 26, as the Wolfpack went down early in the first inning, but later tied it and won the game in the seventh off a Kylie Van't Hul two-run single for a 6-5 vic- tory over George-Little Rock/Central Lyon. The Mustangs took the early lead with two runs in the first, but the Wolfpack came right back in the bottom of the frame to put the score at 2-1. The offenses were quiet in the second and coach Kayla Bart- man said the first game of the season was a factor. "We had some typical first-game jitters at the plate to start the game, but after a few at-bats the girls settled in, worked the count well, and found a way to get on:'she said. Once they got on base Western Christian used its speed to its advantage to take a lead in the bottom of the third and came back to tie it again in the fifth. The Wolf- pack had 14 steals in the game. "Our speed around the bases led to get- ting girls in scoring position and we did a good job driving them in" Bartman said. After a scoreless sixth inning the Wolf- pack got the offense going again in the seventh. Kelsie Van't Hul led off the inning with a walk and Jamie Gesink moved her over to second with a single. Both girls stole second and third to put two in scor- ing position for Kylie Van't Hul who drove them home with a single to win the game. Bartman said her team's defense was what helped keep them in the game. "We played very clean ball tonight. You never know what you are going to get into the first game out, but the girls played con- fident and the experience really showed," she said. "It was a back and forth game at the beginning and with our first-game jit- ters didn't have very good at-bats. But we came back and it was a fun first game." Brittany Buren went the distance with five earned runs and six strikeouts. Ja- mie Gesink led the offense with two hits in three at-bats with three runs and five steals. Kylie Van't Hul went a perfect two- for-two with a run three runs batted in and five steals. Trinity Christian get first opening-day softball victory By Nathan Broek I Sports Editor nbroek@ncppub.com Harris-Lake Park 1 0000304 Tdnity Christian 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 5 Follow us on Twitter @lndexPaper HULL-It was a pattern the Trinity Chris- tian softball team experienced far too of- ten in 2014, but the Tigers are a year older and that experience came through in a 5-4 win over War Eagle Conference foe Harris- Lake Park on Tuesday, May 26. Last season Trinity Christian would allow the opponent to have an early lead and then would have to climb out of an early hole. That situation played out in the first inning as the Wolves took a 1-0 lead that held until the fourth inning when the Ti- gers bats came alive for three runs. Ashley Pollema led the frame with a hard ball that ............................... thedefender oo.u!d,oot handle ancLmad-"t to second on the error. Faith Poppema sin- gled her to third. Pollema scored on a hard hit ball by Kirsti Kooiker that Harris-Lake kRaid Park could not handle for another error to C e rs tie the game. Koralee Heynen gave Trinity break away one-on-one with the goalie, which was probably our best chance at scoring. We also had some free kicks at the edge of the box, but were unable to put them on goal. Our defense played a solid game all night, lim- iting East in their shots on goal. Going into overtime, we knew we had noth- ing to lose and that all we needed was one shot to fall in, but East beat us to it" Faber said. Faber added that the ef- fort was there and looks forward to his team finish- ing the season strong in the playoffs. "l'm very pleased with our performance tonight. Anyone could see that we got a lot better as a team throughout the game and even though we lost the game this was the per- fect game for us to go into the playoffs" he said. "The game brought to light some of the areas we need to work on and also gave us confidence know- ing that we can play with high-quality teams like East:' The Wolfpack had 12 shots with four on goal. Stephanie de Kam had 14 saves as the keeper. Christian the lead with a two-run single to score Poppema and Kooiker. "Right away we were down 1-0 and you never want to see them score in the first in- ning, because then you have to try to get over the hump the rest of the game and that is something we struggled with last season:' said Trinity Christian coach Kas- sandra Heynen. "But the difference was we kept getting people on base in the sec- ond and third innings and we were able to score them in the fourth to take the lead and added on to it in the fifth with one run coming off an inside-the-park home run by Shania Kooiker" Harris-Lake Park tried to make a late comeback in the top of the sixth scoring three runs to trim the lead to 5-4, but the pitching held up for Trinity Christian's first opening day softball victory in its brief his- tory. "They scared us a little bit in the sixth inning and again it felt like 2014 all over again. They also got two runners into scor- ing position with two outs in the seventh, but the final batter struck out looking to end the game:' coach Heynen said. "It was a blast and the girls had fun. Like I said dur- ing preseason, I think we have a chance to be a good team this year. We have a lot of experience back, but for the girls to see it and experience it in a game like this helps a lot:' Coach Heynen added that her pitching staff also came through. Koralee Heynen toed the rubber and went five and two- thirdsJnnings giupfive hits, one earned run and seven walks with seven strikeouts. Rochelle Kooiker finished it off with an inning and a third of work giving up two hits and one strikeout. "1 also said that we wanted consistency in our pitching this season. We saw that and it will be huge for us moving forward: she said. "We did have a couple of walks and some control issues, but both pitchers knew what they wanted to do and they fin- ished up the game strong and that's what we want. Now we just hope that they can keep it going. We never won our first game of the year before and the boys won also. It was just an exciting night" Koralee Heynen finished the game with two hits, two runs batted in and one steal. Nicole Gritters had one hit and two steals. Kristi Kooiker had a hit and one RBI. Shania Kooiker had her hit for a solo home run. Defensive mistakes cost Tigers softball team in loss By Nathan Broek I Sports Editor nbroek@ncppub.com Follow us on Twitter @lndexPaper Trinity Chdstian 0200000 2 Hadtey-Melvin-$anb0rn 01 070008 HARTLEY-Trinity Christian got a lead in the second inning, but four errors and hard hitting by Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in the fourth inning did the Tigers in for a 8-2 War Eagle Conference softball loss on Wednesday. Trinity Christian took the lead in the second inning as Kirsti Kooiker led off the frame with a double and later scored on a Hawks fielding error. Later in the inning Faith Poppema got on base with an error by the short stop and eventually scored on another fielding error. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn scratched across a run in the bottom of the stanza before three errors in the fourth inning led to seven runs to put the game out of reach. Coach Kassandra Heynen said the pitch- ing was there, but the defense and the bats were not. "We had Rochelle (Kooiker) pitching for us and I thought she did a great job throw- ing strikes and pitching to contact. We want our pitchers to continue to do that. We just need our defense to be able to back them up:'she said."We had a good second inning offensively, but after the fourth we got flustered and couldn't get any balls in play. Our errors in the fourth inning did cost us, but they just started to hit the ball really well also. Overall, I thought Rochelle did a good job and Koralee (Heynen) did a good job in relief with six strikeouts and a walk. We just weren't able to execute to get ourselves out of the hole:' Kooiker finished the night with one earned run, a walk and four strikeouts in the circle. Koralee Heynen did not give up any runs in her two innings of relief. Ko- ralee Heynen, Kalie Vink, Shania Kooiker and Faith Poppema had the lone hits for Trinity Christian. Hits cannot come together in softball loss to West Lyon By Nathan Broek Sports Editor nbroek@ncppub.com West Lyon 01221006 Western Christian 101000 02 HULL-The offense was there as Western Christian had seven hits and put the ball in play 19 times, but the Wolfpack could not get hits when they needed to in a 6-2 nonconference softball defeat to West Lyon on Thursday. Western Christian got on the board in the first inning as Jamie Gesink singled and scored on a fielding er- ror. The Wildcats countered with a run in the second inning, took the lead with two in the third, and put the game out of reach with two in the fourth and one in the fifth. The final Wolfpack run came in the third as Gesink got on with a single and later scored on a single by Kylie Van't Hul. Coach Kayla Baatman said opportuni- ties where there, but her team couldn't get the big hit they needed. "Offensively we had good at bats and started hitting the ball. We put the ball in play 19 times and had some good hits. We need to work on stringing hits together and moving run- ners around when we get them in scoring position," she said. "Jamie Gesink had a nice night for us with two singles and scoring twice. We are looking forward to getting back to work in practice for the next couple of days as we prepare to open up conference play next week Wednesday with Estherville-Lincoln Central:' Brittany Buren was the starting pitcher going five innings with eight hits, five earned runs, four walks and two strikeouts. Alyssa Buren threw two frames of relief with one hit and two strikeouts. Gesink had two hits and two runs to lead the offense. Brittany Bur- ren also had two hits with both being doubles. Van't Hul had one hit and a run batted in.