Kalamazoo Christian secured the District 53 boys soccer title with a 2-1 home win Saturday afternoon against Hackett Catholic Prep. It was the first Comet boys soccer win over the Irish in more than a decade and it prevented HCP from grabbing a 10th straight district title.
K-Christian went ahead in the 10th minute as Tucker Seelbinder scored on a rebound. Their lead lasted about two minutes as Noah Kuhn matched for the Irish with his own rebound opportunity. They went into halftime tied 1-1 with the Comets holding the slight shots edge.
The game winning goal came in the 57th minute on a free kick by Lucas VanderKooi at the far touchline from about 25 yards out. The shot made its way through all of the traffic and fit in at the near post after two bounces.
Hackett had one shot rocket off where the crossbar and post meet with about 10 minutes left, but that’s as close as they got to getting the equalizer. Brandon Miller unofficially had six saves in victory for KC with HCP’s Carson Cook stopping eight.
With the defeat, the Irish finish the season at 14-5 and graduate seniors Tobias Kuhn, Andrew Salisbury, Charlie Prom, Patrick Gobeil, Logan Flynn, Tommy Keyte, John Burhans, and Gabe Breshnahan.
Kalamazoo Christian improves to 12-3, getting back-to-back district titles. The Comets advance to Tuesday’s 5 p.m. regional semifinal from Lansing Christian against Adrian Lenawee Christian (12-2-1).