SAGINAW — Noah Withey made 10 saves in regulation and stopped two shootout penalty kicks as Traverse City West defeated Saginaw Heritage in the Division 1 soccer district championship game.
Cam Sipple, Hunter Lumsden, Alex Patton and Kyle Flynn scored goals in Saturday’s shootout, which West won 4-1.
The team were tied 1-1 after regulation.
“We started off poorly and gave up a goal five minutes into the game,” Titans coach Jason Carmien said. “Tyler Porter scored five minutes later. From there, the defense and Noah Withey took us the rest of the way.”
Porter scored off an assist from Lumsden.
It’s the first district title for TC West since 2010 and the 10th in the program’s 17th years.
A junior, Withey was playing in place of senior goalie Justin Kraft, who was suspended for one game after making obscene gestures to the crowd after West’s 2-1 district semifinal win Wednesday over Traverse City Central. Carmien said Kraft is eligible to play in regionals.
The Titans (14-6-3) move on to play Tuesday at Midland against Walled Lake Central (10-5-5), which knocked Traverse City Central out of last year’s regional. The winner Tuesday will face Clarkston or Rochester Adams for the regional title Thursday.
West midfielder Austin Sanders missed Saturday’s game and remains questionable for Tuesday with a strained Achilles tendon suffered in the Central contest.
Petoskey (14-8-2) will play No. 2-ranked Linden in Midland on Tuesday as well after beating Bay City Western 3-0 in its Division 2 district final in Bay City.
Keena, Bullough win Manistee National Invite
Kingsley’s Jake Keena and Traverse City St. Francis’ Holly Bullough each won the Manistee National Invitational by more than a minute.
Keena’s time of 16:11 was 1:09 ahead of runner-up John Girven of Bear Lake.
Bullough’s 18:56.6 was 1:10 in front of Grand Traverse Academy’s Abby Fifarek, who took second.