The Cedar Springs Red Hawks varsity soccer team started out the week strong on August 31, as they hosted Wyoming Rogers. In the first ten minutes of the match, Cedar scored four goals. Forward Robert Klein scored the first goal when he followed up with a rebound kick, which was the result of the Wyoming Rogers goalie bobbling a powerful shot from Kyle Szirovecz. Goal two came from Cody Cook as he connected with the ball and pushed it into net. Goal three was booted in on a break away from Robert Klein, who then followed up with the team’s fourth goal, when he received the ball from Kyle Szirovecz. The Red Hawks weren’t done, however, with Zach Hawkins scoring a goal, and Jake Rickner scoring two before the half was complete. The game ended about eight minutes into the second half due to the mercy rule, after Zach Hawkins scored another goal, making the final score 8-0. Goal assists were credited to Cody Cook and Jake Holtrop. It was definitely a team effort.
The following night on September1, the Cedar team went head to head against Grand Rapids Central on their home turf. The energy could be felt during the entire game as the two teams aggressively battled back and forth. Once again with a quick start to the game, Red Hawk forward Kyle Szirovecz blasted the ball into the net with an assist from Robert Klein. GR Central returned the challenge and recorded two goals of their own. But with 15 minutes left in the first half, Cedar tied the score when Gabe Martins powered a PK past the Rams goalie. The Cedar team came back from the half fired up with speed and determination. Cheers came from the Cedar fans when Ryan Austin found the back of the net with an assist coming from Gabe Martins, giving the team the lead. Gabe Martins quickly followed up with a fourth goal assisted from Austin Mora. Zach Hawkins continued the momentum as he made a run through the offensive line shooting the ball into the net. With just over two minutes remaining GR Central kicked in the final goal of the night. But at the buzzer, Cedar struck victory with a score of 5-3.
The team’s final game of the week took place on September 3, when they traveled to their first away game against Coopersville. The Coopersville team out scored the Red Hawks 3-0 in a spirited game dominated by Coopersville defense. Coach Avink commented, “The guys are learning a lot already this season. We’ve had a good week with some very solid wins! Win or lose, we look at things we did well and things we need to work on so that we can move on to the next game better than we were before!”
Come out and support your Red Hawk team this week as they play Comstock Park at home on September 15 at 6:45p.m. and on Sept. 16 they will travel to Belding. Go Red Hawks!