Bonye City Preps for GR South Christian, First Semifinal Appearance
BOYNE CITY – Thanks to a thrilling shootout win over top-ranked and two-time defending MHSAA Division 3 state runner-up Freeland, the Boyne City girls soccer program finds itself one win away from reaching the state finals and continuing its historic season.
Ranked eighth in the state, the Ramblers (21-1-1) avenged their only loss of the season with a 4-3 win over No. 1 Freeland in a shootout last Thursday. The win secured Boyne City’s first-ever regional championship and spot in the state semifinals.
“We just kept pushing through it because for the seniors, they don’t want to end,” Boyne City sophomore Ally Herrick said. “I don’t want to not play with them anymore, so we just keep pushing through.”
Boyne City will face fifth-ranked Grand Rapids South Christian (18-3-2) in a state semifinal at Cedar Springs on Tuesday. The Sailors edged out Allegan for a 1-0 shootout win last Friday and have not surrendered a goal since a 2-1 loss to Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central back on May 14. South Christian won the 2013 Division 3 state championship.
Boyne City’s historic 2019 spring includes a Lake Michigan Conference championship and the program’s first district and regional titles.
“It was an amazing feeling,” Boyne City sophomore Inanna Hauger said. “We’ve done something we’ve never accomplished in school history. It just feels great, and I’m sure everybody feels the same. And we had everybody here supporting us, so that helped a lot.”
Tuesday’s game at Cedar Springs starts at 6 p.m. The winner of Tuesday’s game will face either No. 2 Warren Regina or No. 7 Essexville Garber for the state championship at 1 p.m. Friday at Michigan State.