Allegan’s Joey Orr (right) chases down a South Christian player during the Tigers’ 3-0 regional loss. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk)

Allegan falls to second-ranked South Christian in regionals

Jason Wesseldyk

Senior Joey Orr was the final Allegan player standing on the sideline of Hope College’s Van Andel Soccer Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Orr’s Tigers had just dropped a 3-0 decision in a Division 3 regional semifinal to second-ranked South Christian. And before he could join his teammates as they made their way to the bus, Orr had to get his walking cast situated on his right foot.
“This is a great way to go out,” said Orr, who played the game despite his broken foot. “To see how much this team has grown and to see how much we were able to accomplish for (Allegan) coach (Roberto Gonzalez) was amazing. This is something we’ll always remember.”
This was the first Allegan boys’ soccer team ever to play in a regional match after becoming the first team in program history to win a district title.
Gonzalez gave much of the credit for the team’s success to Orr and his leadership.
“Joey is the heart and soul of this team,” Gonzalez said. “He’s the guy everyone looks up to and the fact that he was out there playing with a broken foot just shows the kind of heart he has. He’s our leader and we wouldn’t have gotten here without him.”
This was only Orr’s second season of high school soccer after playing football his first two years.
“Coach brought me in and showed me how to be a soccer player,” Orr said. “I’d played when I was younger before switching to football, but Coach really showed he how to play the game and to play it the right way.”
Despite the heart shown by Allegan players like Orr and Brandon Clement—who tried to play with a broken toe—the Sailors’ quickness and experience proved to be too much for the Tigers to overcome.

For full story, pick up a copy of the October 29 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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