Allegan soccer cruises to non-league win over Allendale

Leo Martonosi

To be the best you have to play the best.
At least that’s the way third-year Allegan girls’ soccer coach Roberto Gonzalez sees it.
That’s why the Tigers will be beefing up their schedule next season, meaning some of this year’s opponents will need to be dropped in order to accommodate the new games.
One of those opponents is Allendale, which the Tigers defeated 8-1 on Friday, May 15.
Gonzalez loves the challenge of facing tougher opponents and that’s why he added perennial state powers like Portage Central and Portage Northern to his team’s rugged slate next year.
“I’m not worried about what kind of a record we have during the (regular) season,” Gonzalez said. “It’s what you do in conference tournament play and in the state tournament that really counts.”
The one-sided win by the Tigers over the Falcons leveled Allegan’s overall record to 11-11.
“Last year we had a much easier schedule when we went 13-5-2,” Gonzalez pointed out.
Allendale had no answer for the Tigers.
“We’re starting to come on,” said Mackenzie Sturman, one of only three seniors on Allegan’s young and hard-working squad. “It’s fun to see being a senior.”

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