Parchment shutout streak continues
By Ben Sanders 388-8400
PAW PAW – A soccer team that doesn’t give up any goals is bound to be successful. For the third straight district game, Parchment shut out its opponent, defeating Marcellus 2-0 to win the Division 3 district at Paw Paw.
“The kids played outstanding today.” Parchment coach tom Nesbitt said. “They had one thing on their mind – three district games with no goals given up.” “It’s an incredible feeling, winning districts, not giving up any goals,” forward Tristan Kiile said. “Our defense, they’re unbelievable.”
Goalkeeper Eric Brussee recorded his third straight shutout, and got plenty of help from a defensive-heavy lineup “We’ve got a good defense. It makes it a lot easier,” Brussee said. “Some balls get through, but not many.” While Brussee anchored Parchment in the back, Koole, the only forward in the Panther formation, provided all the offense his team needed.”
Koole put the game out of reach in the second half with a spectacular shot from about 30 yards away that just barely went under the crossbar. It was the Panthers’ second goal of the day and Koole’s third of the tournament.
“Tristan’s the MVP of the district, easy,” Nesbitt said. Koole was also instrumental in the first Parchment goal. With 21:26 left in the first half, Koole was fouled just inside the penalty area. Nate Bonney launched the resulting penalty kick into the top left corner of the net and the Panthers went up 1-0. The game was a frustrating one for Marcellus. The Wildcats had won two straight district titles in Division 4, but were moved up and became the smallest school in Division 3 this season.
Coach Tim Brown did not feel his team was overmatched, however. “I thought we outplayed them,” Brown said. “I just think we shot ourselves in the foot. We controlled the ball and the tempo of the game. We just didn’t get it in the goal. I still think we’re a better team. That’s why it hurts the worst.” Parchment now advances to next week’s regional at Grandville Calvin Christian.
GAME BALL GOES TO …. Tristan Koole, Parchment junion forward who scored his third goal of districts on a long-distance shot to lead the Panthers to the championship. “We’re unstoppable this year,” Koole said. “Look for another shutout.”
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Coach T's : We all know that England is famous for both soccer and for the very famous 007 (James Bond). Well Parchment can one up that because they are now in the books as this year's Division 3 District #34 soccer champions thanks in no small part to none other than there very own secret weapon 0009 (triple 0 9). Yep the young man in green with the big 9 on his back pitched three shutout games in a row in leading P-town to it's first district championship in, well, I don't know how long it's been but I'll find out. Next stop is this coming Tuesday at 4 PM at Calvin Christian High School (3750 Ivanrest Road, Grandville)against the Muskegon Orchard View District #42 winner. I'd like to give special kudos to Pinking for dropping that schweeet 40 yard bomb on the unsuspecting Marcellus goal keep and for drawing the penalty that Bon finished. Coach, that should count as an assist! I'd also like to give my "unsung hero" award to Corwin who unlike a lot of the P-towners (who looked a little sluggish at 10 in the AM) was flying all over the field from start to finish. He and Pinky were the dynamic duo on offense yet also had the energy to hustle back and help out with the BIG D. Sure, it wasn't our best effort of the season, but hey, the mark of a true champion is that they are able to win even when they don't bring their A game. Let's assume they were saving their A game for next Tuesday at 4. Marcellus sprayed shots all over the P-town goal during the second half but our lovable P-towners were up to the challenge using all means necessary to slug out a tough tough 2-0 victory. I've got one thing to say to the Marcellus players and that is "congrats on your run to the district finals". I've also got one thing to say to the Marcellus coach and that is "no we are not a bunch of yahoos". So whose going to the city council to propose we change Parchment's name to Tintown in honor of all the heavy metal that was distributed after the game Saturday?!?! REALLY NICE VICTORY PARCHMENT!! DISTRICT CHAMPS!?!? Can you believe it? DISTRICT CHAMPS!!! BOOO YEAH!!! Or maybe I should say "YAA HOOO"?!?!
One last thing: Alex, congrats on being a 2005-2006 McDonald's All-American basketball nominee. Way to go son! Way to go!
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