Zeeland West soccer’s fairytale season comes to a close in regional final

BATTLE CREEK – The Zeeland West soccer team has had a flair for the dramatic all postseason, but on Friday night they felt the sting of what it’s like on the other side of an emotional match.

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The Dux drew perennial state power Gull Lake in Division 2 regional finals and held their own for the 80-minute affair. But two goals in the final 20 minutes, including a penalty kick with just 6 minutes remaining in the game, from the Blue Devils doomed Zeeland West in the 2-1 defeat.

It’s tough in the moment for the players to process exactly what they accomplished as a group. Before the 2022 season, the Dux never brought home any sport of hardware for their trophy case. This season they brought home a district title and brought a state powerhouse to their knees before the clock eventually struck midnight on their season.

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