Elk Rapids Prepares for State Semifinal Rematch with South Christian
ELK RAPIDS — Elk Rapids will once again play in the state semifinals in boys soccer against the same opponent they met in last year’s semifinals.
The Elks will face Grand Rapids South Christian, who they lost to last season on penalty kicks. The Sailors ended up losing to Grosse Ile in the state championship for the second straight year.
Elk Rapids has played well this postseason, coming off a 1-0 win over Ogemaw Heights for the regional title. They have outscored opponents, 24-1, in the postseason.
“There’s moments of our games where you just watch us play and we’re playing at another level and that’s nice to see. I think the biggest thing for us is we’ve just got to carry that through the entire game,” Elk Rapids head coach Nate Plum said.
Meanwhile, South Christian is undefeated this season, winning 15 straight games. They won their regional title over Delton Kellogg, 8-0, after coming off an overtime win over Holland Christian in the semis, 1-0.
Elk Rapids lost 14 seniors from last year’s team that made it to the state semifinals, but the Elks find themselves back in the same situation, hoping for a trip to the state championship this year.
“We got to be composed in that state semifinal. We were there last year. Couldn’t get it done. Unlucky, but we still have fight for this year,” Elk Rapids junior Spencer Ball said.
The game will start at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Cedar Springs. The winner will face either Grosse Ile or Flint Powers Catholic in the state championship game on Saturday. That game is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Comstock Park, according to the MHSAA.
Grosse Ile has won the last two state titles. Flint Powers last won in 2017. South Christian last won a title in 2015, while Elk Rapids last won in 1998, which is also the last time they appeared in a state championship game.