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Red Hawk boys soccer wins first round of district play

Cedar Springs soccer after their win against Greenville. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity Boys’ Soccer Team exceeded expectations this season that were set forth by its coaching staff, led by Head Coach, Chris Frilen and assisted by coach, Chris Novak.  The 2020 season was supposed to be a year of rebuild and development of young talent after graduating nine seniors last season.  The Red Hawks have added nearly seven freshmen to their starting 11, while the season prior they only started one. 

These expectations quickly changed, after the team stacked up five wins, including defeating the Greenville, Yellow Jackets Wednesday, October 14 in a last-minute thriller to clinch the first round of district 30 play and advancing to the second round, to meet Forest Hills Eastern. 

Coach Chris Frilen’s reaction to the team’s performance, “It was fantastic! For these young Red Hawks to win the game in the way they did, going from 1-0 up to 3-1 down at the half, and then battling back to win it 4-3 with only minutes left, is a testament to their character as a team. The boys played for each other and believed that they could and would prevail if they stayed together and kept fighting. It was a great moment for them in what has been a surreal 2020 season.” The high scoring game included three goals from Red Hawks freshman, Muris Gafurovic Jr. and one goal from junior, Dan Cole.  Gafurovic, leads the team in scoring this season, with six goals.

Red Hawk Soccer seniors from
left to right: Joe Priolo, Spencer Bray,
Nate Van Kampen and Christian Moleski.
Courtesy photo.

The advancement to the second round of districts, matches that of prior year’s team that started eight seniors compared to only four this year. The senior Red Hawks include: Spencer Bray, Nate Van Kampen, Joe Priolo and Christian Moleski. When asked about the graduating seniors, Coach Frilen said, “We have big shoes to fill, although this wasn’t as large of a graduating senior class; Spencer, Nate, Joe and Christian were all major contributors and leaders, both on and off the field, in addition to being great players and amazing young men. We wish them the very best and we’ll always be here for them.”

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