The Cedar Springs Girls Soccer team found themselves in a familiar place last Friday night. For the 3rd consecutive year, they were playing in the district finals. During the previous two attempts they were not able to get the win that they worked so hard for, but this time it was different. Each member of the team was prepared to give it their all and write their own place in the history of Cedar Springs Girls Soccer.
They played against the #2 team in the state, East Grand Rapids, who beat them earlier in the season by a score of 5-1 on a windy, rainy, and cold night in April. The girls stepped on the field together with nothing to lose. East Grand Rapids scored first with about 12 minutes left in the first half, but Cedar did not quit. They were finally rewarded with their first goal with around 15 minutes left in regulation, by senior captain Megan Rosenberger (assisted by Molly Holtrop). That left the regulation score at a tie, 1-1, which meant two 10 minute overtime periods. Four minutes into the first overtime Cedar Springs received a free kick just outside the 18-yard box on the wing. Junior Kendra Myers sent a wonderful free kick into the box and a scrum ensued. Once again Rosenberger found the ball and was able to direct it into the back of the net for a 2-1 lead. For the remainder of the game Cedar worked together and denied East Grand Rapids every effort at goal. When the final whistle sounded, elation swept over the field as the 21 girls on the team were overcome with emotion. All their hard work throughout the season was rewarded.
“This game is a landmark in the history of our program,” said Coach Justin Harnden. “It is for every single girl that has played, plays, or will play in our program. This game will live on for years to come.” He stressed how well t hey played as a team. “During the last two weeks this team has come together even more and they were determined to get the job done. Everyone on the team should be proud of what they have accomplished.”
Cedar Springs’ played in the regional semi-finals at Cedar Springs High School on Tuesday against Spring Lake.
Players include Silver Gonzales, Stephanie Finnila, Natalie West, Molly Holtrop, Heather Howard, Kayla Coutchie, Lindsey Klein, Amber Milligan, Mackenzie Lamoreaux, Shelby Myers, Amber Mogg, Megan Rosenberger, Rachel Schoen, Andrea Dreyer, Kellie Adams, Chaya Coxon, Tori Shaw, Anna Hause, Kendra Myers, Sommer VanDyke, Hannah Wight, Kristen Sarniak.