GREENVILLE – Greenville’s girls soccer team celebrated senior night at their last home game of the season Monday, but Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern spoiled the party.
The Hawks blanked the Yellow Jackets 4-0 Monday at Yellow Jacket Stadium and held Greenville to just four shots on goal.
“One thing about this group, they’ve always played hard,” Greenville coach Chris Hamman said. “Even when they’re down they come out and play hard.”
The Jackets (4-9-1, 1-8) struggled to put any offense together against the Hawks, not getting their first shot on goal until the 35th minute of the game.
By then Greenville was down 2-0 on a pair of goals from Jessie Fatum.
Jen Winkel got a goal for Eastern with 56 seconds left in the first half for a 3-0 lead.
“I was hoping a few times we’d connect a couple of passes,” Hamman said. “We had a couple of opportunities. But against a team like
Eastern you need more than one or two opportunities to punch it in.”
Hamman talked about that at halftime, especially connecting on passes up the middle of the field. He also tried to shore up the defense.
“Defensively to make sure we had people marked so that we didn’t have anyone running free,” he said.
The Jackets were able to hold off the Hawks (9-5-2, 6-2-1) until the 75th minute when Morgyn Michaels took a ball to the left of the
Greenville goal and knocked it off Greenville’s Danata Paulino past Sarah Brown into the net.
The Jackets managed three more shots on goal in the second half.
Brown finished with eight saves. Two saves each were split between Erin Pupel and Bri Koehn.
“Sometimes it’s just a matter of connecting passes out in the middle,” Hamman said. “It sets up the shot out on the wing.”
Greenville’s next game will be at Lowell in a make-up game.