PREVIEW: Portage Central Battles Portage Northern for SMAC Championship

10-10 soccer

Listen live online Tuesday on the Slocum Sports Network as the Portage Central Mustangs host the Portage Northern Huskies for the Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference (SMAC) soccer championship.   It’s a rematch of last year’s league final, won by the Huskies 5-0.    Northern is looking for their third consecutive SMAC title, as they also won in penalty kicks over Mattawan in 2015.   Portage Central last won the tournament in 2014, also over Mattawan.

Portage Central finished this season at the top of the regular season SMAC standings at 7-1-2.   They got a 3-1 win over Portage Northern in the Portage Derby game, the first Mustang win over the Huskies since 2014.   Ranked fourth in the newest Division 1 Coaches Association poll, the Mustangs are 13-2-3 overall.   They defeated Lakeshore 2-1 in penalty kicks in Thursday’s SMAC semifinal.

Portage Northern finished second in the SMAC standings at 7-2-1.   At 11-6-3 overall, the Huskies won 2-0 in their semifinal against Kalamazoo Central.

Listen live online to Tuesday’s championship match on the Slocum Sports Network with kickoff around 6:30 p.m. from Portage Central High School.

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