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Red Hawk Girls Soccer 2021 District Champions

The Cedar Springs girls soccer team won the 2021 District Championship last week. Photo by D. Buttermore.

Last week the Red Hawk Girls Varsity soccer team win the 2021 District Championship. 

Abby Buttermore in the semi-final against Lowell. Photo by D. Buttermore.

They opened up semi-final play against Lowell at Red Hawk Stadium on Tuesday night and came away with a 2-0 victory with goals by Seniors Abby Buttermore and Arianna Rau. Rau opened up the scoring by taking a pass from Delaney Drumm and with some great footwork opened up and found a shooting lane just inside the 18.  The shot went into the left side of the net just past the goalkeeper. Closing out the scoring was Buttermore, after she and Kendal Brown fought for a loose ball in the box.  

Kendal Brown in the district championship. Photo by D. Buttermore.

In the district championship match on Friday night, the team traveled to face off against Forest Hills Eastern. For 100 minutes of soccer, the Red Hawks battled with all of their might. Scoring both goals on the night was Buttermore again. She drove herself into the box and drew a penalty kick in the first half of play.  After giving up the tying goal with around 10 minutes left in regulation, the team found themselves heading into overtime—which meant 100 minutes of soccer on the night.  

In the first OT, Cedar had a free kick opportunity with 5 seconds left to go and Buttermore smashed it into the net past the goalkeeper to head into the 2nd OT with a one goal advantage. The girls did not let it go and after a tremendous amount of effort from all players on the team, Cedar Springs raised the district trophy for the first time since 2011.  

Throughout the season the motto for the team has been together, and these girls are showing it.  All of them are working hard, fighting, communicating, and pushing each other to greatness.  The team’s 12 seniors have embraced the challenges put in front of them and are definitely leaving their mark.  Coach Justin Harnden said, “This team is truly special.  Each of them get along so well with one another and they aren’t afraid to push and challenge anyone and that makes them all better.  The seniors (Jade, Avery, Kaelyn, Morgan, Rose, Delaney, Olivia, Abby, Maggie, Lauren, Ibbi, and Ari) are truly top notch.  They have grown the culture of this team and program into a success for everyone to be proud of.” 

 Play resumed earlier this week on Tuesday, when Cedar Springs hosted Cadillac in the Regional semifinals. After an hour and a half lightning delay, the girls lost in the final minutes of the game on a tie-breaking goal by Cadillac. The final score was 2-1.

The Red Hawks finished the season as both conference and district champs. Way to go, Red Hawks!

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