Ludington Eyes Another State Finals Bid
LUDINGTON – A year after reaching the MHSAA Division 3 state title game, the Ludington boys soccer team is returning to the state semifinals.
The ninth-ranked Orioles (19-4-2) will take on second-ranked Hudsonville Unity Christian (21-2-1) Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Cedar Springs.
“This is the first time that we’re going to the semifinals back to back, so it’s quite an accomplishment,” Ludington coach Kris Anderson said. “It’s been an up-and-down journey for our guys this season. So to get here after things we’ve kind of faced, the adversity we’ve faced, it’s quite an accomplishment.”
The Orioles have played in four state finals, winning the 2001 Division 3 championship.
Ludington is back in the semifinals after picking up postseason wins over Shelby (4-0), Hart (4-1), Big Rapids (5-0), No. 5 Elk Rapids (3-2, OT) and Muskegon Orchard View (5-1).
Unity Christian has four state championships to its credit with its most recent coming in 2014 with the Division 3 title. The Crusaders also won three Division 2 championships in 2012, 2009 and 2007 and have recorded four state runner-up finishes.
“It’s the best feeling. It’s my favorite sport, playing soccer with these guys,” Ludington senior Will Flewelling said. “Our goal is to win a state championship, and going back to the semifinals, it’s going to be awesome.
Unity Christian has outscored the postseason opposition 21-1 and posted wins over Hopkins (5-0), No. 4 Grand Rapids South Christian (3-1), Wyoming Lee (3-0), Dowagiac (8-0) and No. 7 Paw Paw (2-0)
The winner of Wednesday’s semifinal will face either Macomb Lutheran North or top-ranked Grosse Ile for the state championship Saturday afternoon at either Comstock Park or Novi.