Plainwell clinches share of conference title with win over Otsego

In Garry Snyder’s first season as head coach of the girls soccer program at Plainwell, his team accomplished something that nobody on the team had done before.

The Trojans clinched a share of the Wolverine Conference championship with a 3-0 victory over Otsego on Monday, giving the Plainwell seniors their first championship of their high school careers.

“I’m a first year coach with the girls, so it was good to have them come out with a championship,” Snyder said. “The seniors hadn’t won any titles, so it was good for them to have a championship under their belt.”

Plainwell can win the conference outright if South Haven defeats Allegan on Tuesday.

Senior Hayley Hawkes led the Trojans to the win with a goal on a penalty kick, and two assists.

“Hayley did a good job looking for opportunities to go forward, and had no hesitation on taking the penalty kick,” Snyder explained. “She had nice service on corner kicks, which is something we have been practicing, so it’s good to see the practice paying off.”

After Hawkes first goal in the 24th minute, senior Kaitlyn Hinze added a goal four minutes later.

Senior Katie Rush added a third goal in the 62nd minute to seal the win for Plainwell.

“I thought we came out and put pressure on them early, and controlled the flow of play,” Snyder said. “All over the field we did a nice job of moving the ball and attacking.” 

Goalkeeper Rebecca Gibson stopped four shots in the shutout.

“Otsego has scored a lot of goals this year, so that’s a good testament for how solid we played in the midfield and back,” Snyder explained.

The Trojans now look ahead to achieve another goal in winning districts, but there are several strong contenders including Allegan, Middleville Thornapple Kelloggg and Gull Lake.

Snyder said for his team to win the district, they must stay composed and play their style of game.

“If things go the right way, who knows what can happen,” Snyder added.