Birmingham Roeper captured its first boys soccer state championship Saturday at East Kentwood High School.
The Roughriders defeated Grand Rapids Covenant Christian, 4-2, behind a stirring four-goal performance from sophomore forward Simon Reonnecke to claim the Division 4 crown.
It marks the third straight year Covenant Christian has finished as the state runner-up. It was also the most goals the Chargers allowed in one game this season.
Reonnecke, Roeper’s leading scorer this season, tallied the game’s first goal at the 32:28 mark of the first half. The Chargers, who play in the River Valley Conference, tied the game 1-1 three minutes later on a goal by junior forward Colin Riemersma.
The first half ended in a 1-1 tie.
Reonnecke struck quickly again in the second half, scoring his second goal at 35:07 to give Roeper a 2-1 lead – an advantage it would never relinquish. Reonnecke scored two more goals within three minutes late in the half for a 4-1 advantage.
Riemersma, who led Covenant Christian in goals, netted his second goal of the game with five minutes left in regulation to account for the final score.
Roeper’s junior goalie Calvin Lind was credited with two saves. Covenant Christian goalie Derek Dykstra made one save.
Roeper finished its historic season with a 23-1 overall record. It’s lone loss was to Grosse Pointe University Liggett, 7-6, in overtime in the season’s third game. The Roughriders also needed overtime to defeat Liggett in the regional championship game, 3-1.
Covenent Christian ended the season with a 21-4-2 overall record.