Hawkeyes soar past county rival Hopkins
Two Allegan County girls’ soccer teams—Hamilton and Hopkins—were coming off historic moments in their program when they clashed on Friday, April 22.
The Hawkeyes defeated perennial state power Hudsonville Unity Christian for the first time two days earlier and the Vikings played four-time state champion Calvin Christian to a 1-1 overtime tie.
“Two very big milestones for both of our programs,” Hamilton coach Tyler Robinson said.
Hamilton, which ended up defeating Hopkins by a five-goal difference (6-1) when the final horn expired, didn’t take the smaller-school Vikings lightly.
“We knew we would have to play hard and well against a well-coached county team that would have liked to have beaten us, especially after we beat Unity Christian just the other day,” Robinson said.
Four different players found the back of the net for Hamilton, including two each from Joslyn Bronkhorst and Katlyn Eding.
Chipping in with one marker apiece for the Hawkeyes were freshmen Summer Gilbert and Bria Schrotenboer.
Hopkins coach Wade Schuemann was very impressed with the all-around game of Schrotenboer.
“(She) was tough to handle,” Schuemann said of Schrotenboer. “She’s one of the best players I’ve ever seen and coached against. The scary part is she’s only a freshman.”
The Vikings lone goal, which came with 16:50 seconds left in game by Hailey Shank, was as pretty as it gets in the eyes of Schuemann.
“Hailey went the extra mile for that goal,” Schuemann said. “That’s what made it so special.”
Taryn Meiste of Hamilton and Tiffany Barks of Hopkins made several saves in goal.
“Both goalies played well,” Robinson said.
The victory leveled the Hawkeyes’ early season record at 3-3. The Vikings, meanwhile, slipped to 2-3-1.