Six area teams took to the pitch Tuesday evening for girls soccer regional semifinal games with two punching tickets to the regional championship.
DIVISION 4: Kalamazoo Christian 4, Schoolcraft 1
The Comets turned it from a scoreless game to a 2-0 lead within 81 seconds. Two centering passes led to two Ellie Batts goals, the first in the 11th minute and the second in the 13th.
The Eagles got some momentum back as a Brookyln Hamelink corner kick in the 14th minute led to a Hannah Thompson goal. The Comets would have the majority of the pressure for the rest of the half, but some key saves by Schoolcraft’s Hannah Kelecava kept the score 2-1 into the intermission.
K-Christian’s Annika Sytsma would score in the 62nd minute for added cushion with Taylor Leonard adding the final dagger with 48 seconds remaining.
Schoolcraft finishes with a 14-3-3, the program’s best-ever mark. Thompson closes the season with a state-record 87 goals, obliterating the previous mark of 66.
The Comets improve to 15-5 and look to secure a fourth consecutive regional title in Friday’s 6 p.m. championship at Portage Northern. They’ll face unbeaten Calvin Christian (20-0-1), the top-ranked team in the final Division 4 coaches poll.
DIVISION 3: Three Rivers 6, Comstock 1
The Wildcats improve to 8-5-1 and will aim for the program’s first-ever regional title Thursday night at 6 p.m. from Grand Rapids South Christian. TR will face unbeaten juggernaut Unity Christian, ranked second in the final D3 poll. The Colts finish with a 16-5-1 mark.
DIVISION 2: Byron Center 1, Gull Lake 0
The Blue Devils finish the season at 14-4. BC (19-1-1) plays Marshall in Friday’s 6 p.m. regional final at Vicksburg.
DIVISION 1: Forest Hills Central 4, Portage Central 0
The Mustangs close with a 15-3-1 record. FHC (17-3-1) plays in Thursday’s 6 p.m. regional final at Grandville.