Zeeland West soccer reaches first regional final behind Abby Winn’s superb scoring strikes

BATTLE CREEK – “When she is on, the rest of us are on.”

Zeeland West coach Ben Hondorp summed up the impact that midfielder Abby Winn has on the field for the Dux.

And on Friday, Winn was on – and so were the Dux.

Winn scored twice in the Division 2 regional semifinals to lead the Dux to a 2-1 win over St. Joseph.

“After winning districts, we know how good of a team we are. The more we play together, it just gets better and better,” Winn said. “At the beginning of this season, I never would have thought we could get this far.”

The Dux (14-2-2) avenged an earlier 1-0 loss to St. Joseph, one of just two on the season, and will face Gull Lake in Friday’s regional final.

Zeeland West's Abby Winn (center) celebrates after scoring a goal against St.  Joseph on Wednesday at Battle Creek Harper Creek.

“We have 11 kids that have been in our program for four years. They have seen success in the past, getting to a certain point and not being able to push through, but with their commitment and tenacity (we continue to advance),” Hondorp said. “These kids just don’t want to lose. We talk about family … a lot of teams talk about family, but these kids are living it.”

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