HOWARD CITY — Tri County’s boys soccer team came into their game against Greenville undefeated at 7-0.
The Jackets came in 2-6, so on paper it seemed the Vikings would be a heavy favorite.
That’s why they actually play the games.
The Jackets beat the Vikings 5-3 Monday, ending Tri County’s undefeated string.
“We were like those little beads that you add water to,” Tri County coach Vic Matulis said. “Our heads were a little big. We never really settled down. Greenville played real good.”
Greenville coach Chris Hamman knew he beat a good team.
“I can see why they were undefeated,” he said.
The game looked like a shootout in the first five minutes, as each team scored a goal in the fourth minute. Tri County’s Marco Lagunas got the opener, followed by Greenville’s Chandler Humphrey.
“I think it’s one of those things where we didn’t come out with enough intensity,” Hamman said. “They scored right away and I think that woke us up a bit and we came back to score. That’s always good to see when you come back and score.”
The game stayed that way until three goals in a minute and a half. Two of those came from Greenville’s Michael Krogman and Kyle Farmer to make the score 3-1, then Viking Dylan Matulas knocked in a cross from Jesse Haywood for a 3-2 halftime score.
Vic Matulis said his Vikings weren’t rattled at that point.
“I wasn’t even rattled towards the end,” he said. “I thought we’d come back. I thought we’d settle down and put it in the net.”
Tri County did, but after the Jackets made the score 4-2 early in the second half. Krogman got his second goal and Joshua Scott got his second assist when he drop-passed the ball to Krogman, who fired it in.
Dylan Matulis got his second goal of the game by knocking in a cross from Haywood for a 4-3 score.
“Just to get out and control the ball and pass the ball,” Hamman said he told his team at that point. “We’re so much better when we pass. If we can get that through to everybody I think we’ll be OK.”
But Farmer took a long bass from defenseman Mitchell Hall, dribbled around three defenders and scored an insurance goal to give the Jackets the win.
“We had a chance to to tie it up and go ahead but it wasn’t our day,” Vic Matulis said. “I can’t beat them up for it. They (Tri County) played hard, they played their guts out right up to the end.”
Greenville will host Grand Rapids West Catholic today while the Vikings will host Newaygo Wednesday.