Plainwell’s Ben Wagner (left) battles Hopkins’ Brad Lowery for possession of the ball.

Trojans overcome early deficit to beat Vikings

Jason Wesseldyk

With less than a minute remaining in the opening half, the Plainwell boys’ soccer team found itself in a closer-than-expected struggle with host Hopkins.
That’s when the senior tandem of Davis Karklins and Derek Snyder teamed up to provide the Trojans with a little breathing room, not to mention momentum.
Taking a corner kick for Plainwell with 20 seconds remaining before halftime, Karklins sent the ball low into the goalie box. Snyder was there to collect the ball and sneak it past Hopkins back-up goalie Matt Belka with four seconds left in the half.
That gave the Trojans a 3-1 lead en route to the 5-1 victory as they stayed unbeaten for the season at 5-0.
“That was a big goal at the time,” Plainwell coach Garry Snyder said of his son’s tally. “We’d had some chances on crosses earlier, but kept sending them in too high. On this one, Davis did a nice job of keeping it low and Hopkins wasn’t able to clear it.
“The goal itself wasn’t struck particularly well. The ball seemed to have eyes and found its way into the net.”
Plainwell added a pair of late goals in the second half—the first on an own goal that deflected off a Hopkins player on a Jack Hyames kick and the second by Santiago Chahin—to pull away.

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