The West Michigan Bearings returned to action with a trio of matches this week. On Wednesday, they welcomed Lansing Common to town for their first MWPL contest. In that game, the defense was stellar in a 1-0 victory.
The Bearings started out very hot with an early goal, dominating possession throughout the first 45 minutes. In the second half, Lansing turned the tide and showed aggression but they could not score. The defense played phenomenal and Carter Selvius was a stone wall in the net, pitching a shutout.
On Saturday, the Bearings had a doubleheader of MWPL action. In the morning, they hit the road to face off against Lake St. Clair.
That opening game was a 2-2 draw. It was a very difficult pitch to play given the recent conditions. Michael Saldano and Eli Ribbe managed to find the net for the Bearings in this match.
In the evening, the Bearings squared off against the Michigan Stars. It was a historic offensive display for the club, as they captured a 6-2 victory.
The Bearings scored all six goals in the first half, a new club record. Ian Adams also made history, as he posted the first hat trick in Bearings history with a three-goal first half.
Joining him in the scoring column was Isaac Braak, Derek Braak and Jordan Hooker. This six-goal tally is also the Bearings single-game record as well.
The Bearings are now 5-3-3 on the season in MWPL play. This puts the club at 18 points on the year, good for second place on the table.
Next Saturday (July 17), the Bearings return to action with a home match against Livonia City. This will be a 4:00 kickoff at South Christian High School.