The Cedar Springs Schools hosted the district soccer games at Red Hawk Stadium. Round one of the semi-final district games was held on Monday, October 17, when the Cedar Springs Red Hawk varsity boys soccer hosted the Fruitport Trojans. The Red Hawks claimed a 2-0 victory with two first half goals by Kyle Szirovecz at 29:40 and 22:42. Robert Klein assisted on each goal. These two rival teams played a very physical game and featured a superior Red Hawk defensive effort, consistent pressure by the offense and 8 goal denying saves by keeper Kyle Coutchie.
Several days later, bitter cold temperatures, torrential rainfall and extreme wind gusts were the miserable weather conditions that the Cedar Springs Red Hawks and Spring Lake Lakers faced during the second round of district semi-finals which was held at Cedar Springs on Wednesday, October 19. These conditions not only challenged the teams physically, but mentally as well, as the players were forced to endure the 80 minutes of play with intensity and fortitude. The first half of the match proved difficult for the Red Hawks, as the Lakers attacked the ball and managed to put four goals on the scoreboard. Cedar Springs regrouped during the halftime break and entered second half play ready to battle. The Hawks offensive line of Kyle Szirovecz, Robert Klein, Brandon Goodenough, Mitch Hanmer, Jon Shaw, Ilan Cabellero, Luke Dault, and Tyler Aungst sprang into action and worked the ball upfield and made many attempts on goal, but were unable to get the ball past the Spring Lake keeper. The Red Hawk defensive squad of Aaron Dault, Dontae Ensley, Trevor Rose, Bryan Taylor, Josh Champion, Aaron White and goaltender Kyle Coutchie (20 saves) played fiercely and were able to keep the Laker offense from scoring throughout the entire second half. At the final buzzer, the Spring Lake Lakers were awarded the win and the opportunity to advance to district finals, by beating Cedar Springs 4-0.
The Red Hawks closed out the 2011 season with a respectable record of 13 wins and 6 losses. Great job guys! Coach Avink praised his team as he looked back over the season. “The guys had a great season. We really started to come together as a team and that’s always the ultimate goal! I’m excited for what the future holds for Cedar Springs boys soccer.”