Ludington Targets 7th Straight District Title

LUDINGTON – With its football team posting a seven-win season and reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and its boys basketball program playing for a Class B state title, the Ludington girls soccer program is looking to continue a historic year for the school.

With six straight Division 3 district championships to its credit, the one trophy that has proven to be elusive is a Lakes 8 Conference title.

Standing in the way of Ludington and a conference crown are Muskegon Catholic Central and Muskegon Western Michigan Christian – a pair of Division 4 ranked programs that the Orioles (12-5, 5-2) have earned splits with this spring.

"It’s good to, you know, be forced to have to think all the way through a game, play overtime, and have to realize how you have to play in pressure situations to get you ready for district, postseason, because those games aren’t easy to win either,” coach Kris Anderson said.

"We really have stepped up, and really come together as a group. Our control of the play really has improved throughout the season. I think that’s going to help us, moving into districts."

Ludington moves up to Division 2 this season and will compete in a seven-team district at Spring Lake. The Orioles will open postseason play next Tuesday against Muskegon Reeths-Puffer.

"Our district isn’t going to be easy,” senior Courtney Edwards says. “Our coach has been referencing that winning our district this year is kind of like winning a regional. This year they’re all new teams. They’re teams we’ve seen before, but not like played in districts. So it’s going to be really tough, but if we’re on our game, and we’re all playing our 17 girls all together, I think we can really accomplish something that would be really big for us."

Ludington closes out league play Tuesday at Manistee, before ending its regular season on Wednesday with a home contest against Traverse City Central. 

Categories: Girls Soccer