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Boys varsity soccer turns up the heat

The Cedar Springs Boys Varsity team was on fire last week as they earned two more wins. The strong winds on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2010 didn’t seem to hamper the match between the Red Hawks and their non-conference opponents, the Wayland Wildcats. Besides the gusty winds, you could also feel the energy and tension in the stadium as the Red Hawks closed out the game with a 7-0 shut out win. Not only was Cedar’s offense taking charge, but the defensive line of Fisk, A. Dault, Tompkins, and Cook used their quickness and foot skills, along with some great saves by keeper Kyle Coutchie, to shut down the Wayland team.

With 24:52 left in the first half, Jake Rickner booted the ball from the outside directly in front of the net where Kyle Szirovecz headed the ball past the keeper giving the Red Hawks the lead. With 16:57 on the clock, Wayland keeper Nick Shuster received a red card due to a penalty in the box, which resulted in his removal from the game. Reserve keeper Kelly Burgess played the remainder of the game. At this point, Coach Avink called up Cedar’s keeper, Kyle Coutchie to the Wayland net to knock in the penalty kick, which earned Cedar a goal and Coutchie’s first career goal.

After the half, Cedar continued to pressure the Wayland defense. Rickner popped in the third goal as he followed up on a deflection off the keeper (assist Zach Hawkins) (33:34). Shortly after, (29:16) another goal was added when defender Aaron Dault ran the ball up from the defensive end, maneuvered around the Wayland players and found the back of the net. A strong attempted rocket ball by Trevor Rose resulted in the sixth goal, as Szirovecz took advantage of the keepers deflection and finished off the play. Robert Klein scored goal seven when he vaulted the ball over the keeper into the lower back corner of the uprights (assist Hawkins) (12:28). The final goal of the night was credited to R. Klein, as he nudged the ball into the net (assist Jake Holtrop) (9:42). The Cedar team brought it all to the field that night.

On Thursday, Sept. 9, the Red Hawks traveled to take on the Comstock Park Panthers. Cedar claimed victory with a final score of 5-2. Robert Klein was credited with the first and last goal of the game. Kyle Szirovecz assisted the first goal (6:08). Quickly into the second half, Tyler Hinton blasted the ball in to the upper 90 scoring the second goal (assist Hawkins). Kyle Szirovecz also scored two goals in the game. Assists came from R. Klein (32:09) and Bo Cook (29:26).

“The week has been a learning experience for the guys,” commented Coach Avink. “Fortunately we came out with two wins, but more importantly took away the things we needed to from each game to continue to make us a stronger team!”

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