GREENVILLE — The rain and slick conditions did not affect the play of the Greenville Yellow Jackets girls soccer team.
The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a quick lead and ended the game early with a 9-1 non conference mercy over the Grand Rapids Union Red Hawks on Monday night at home.
“We played well and finished opportunities a little better,” Greenville coach Nathan Lewis said. “I thought we did a good job passing and moving the ball around. The ball was a little sloppy for a while, but I thought we did a good job adjusting.”
Greenville lead 6-1 at halftime. The lone goal for the Red Hawks came from freshman Muslima Sheikh.
“We didn’t come to play. We are very young with four freshman and two sophomores starting,” Union coach Bill Osborne said. “We are learning the hard way with trial and error, but I’m disappointed with our effort today.”
The Yellow Jackets scored the necessary three remaining goals for a mercy just 6:03 into the second half.
The game ended with a long goal by Allysen Neuman — her third of the night.
“I was happy with how quickly we put the ball in the back of the net,” Lewis said. “You never know what the intensity level is going to be like coming out of halftime with a lead like that. We talked about being intense and using this for the rest of the week.”
Mackenzy Nichols and Sam O’Herron had two goals apiece. Megan O’Brien and Audrey Wierda each had single goals. Jade Sandborn, Rachel Taft, O’Herron and Neumann each had one assist.
Union fell to 2-9 overall.
The Yellow Jackets are now unbeaten in their last three games to improve to 5-5-1 overall. They travel to East Grand Rapids for a challenging game on Wednesday.
“It’s been a pretty good stretch of games for us,” Lewis said. “We are hoping it carries over to a good effort at East on Wednesday. They are a solid team, but we feel like we can compete with them.”
A gauge for competing with East would be last week’s 1-1 tie with Northview. The Wildcats lost 1-0 to the Pioneers in the game prior to the Yellow Jackets tie.
The Yellow Jackets will have to deal with a couple of tough factors — a synthetic turf and a smaller field — if they want to pull out a league win Wednesday.
“It definitely will be faster. It’s a disadvantage to us playing on the turf, just like it is for them playing here on the grass,” Lewis said. “In addition to that, their field is shorter and that is the biggest adjustment for us. We won’t have as much time not being used to the size and the speed.”
The Greenville junior varsity team defeated Union 6-0, as well.
Elise Ensing led the Yellow Jackets with two goals. Haley Hughes, Lauren Hijek, Sarah Skinner and Rachel Rodenhouse each had two goals.
They are now 4-5-2.