2017-10-19 / Sports

Lakers notch first district win since '12

By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor


GLEN LAKE senior Peyton McDonough dribbles the ball upfield Monday in the first half of an 8-0 district quarterfinal win over visiting Harbor Light Christian. GLEN LAKE senior Peyton McDonough dribbles the ball upfield Monday in the first half of an 8-0 district quarterfinal win over visiting Harbor Light Christian. Glen Lake senior Peyton McDonough and his teammates could care less who the opponent is. At this point in the season, a win is a win.

McDonough’s seventh multi-goal game of the season and a six-point outing from Japanese exchange student Jumpei Ohashi propelled the Lakers to an 8-0 win over visiting Harbor Light Christian on Monday, giving the Glen Lake program its first district tournament victory since the 2012 campaign.

“I don’t remember the last time Glen Lake’s won a district game, so it felt good,” said McDonough, who has scored 23 goals in 16 games this season. “It’s always good to keep going.”

Glen Lake (4-11-1) was slated to host No. 9 Elk Rapids after press time last night. The winner will take on either No. 15 Harbor Springs or No. 2 Leland in the district final on Friday.

On Monday, the Lakers dictated the pace of play against the Swordsmen, peppering both the goalkeeper and goal posts with shots early and often.

Ohashi sliced and diced his way through defenders with ease, setting teammates up with a number of prime scoring opportunities. He finished with five assists — the most by any county player in a game this season — and registered his first goal of the fall campaign in the second half.

“He was just amazing with the ball,” McDonough said. “He was able to control it really well and find his teammates.”

J.D. Willey also had a strong game for the Lakers, finishing with two goals and one assist. George Slack, Alex Loeffler and Tyler Robbins each found the back of the net, as well.

Christian Barber and McDonough split time in net for the shutout, the team’s third this fall.

“It’s always nice to get a win,” coach Jared Boynton said. “They are not easy to come by, but the ones at the end of the year are certainly a little sweeter.”

The postseason win was a first for Boynton as a head coach — and a first for Glen Lake since an 8-0 win over Fife Lake Forest Area five years ago.

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