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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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Red Hawks win one, lose one in district play

The Red Hawks Varsity Soccer team finished the season with a record of 13-6.

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.

Kyle Szirovecz (18) and Robert Klein (13) both jump for the ball. Also pictured Dontae Ensley (8) and Brandon Goodenough (15).

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.”

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Varsity boys soccer endures competitive week

Dontae Ensley jumps and blocks a ball during the FHN game. Also pictured are keeper Kyle Coutchie, 12-Trevor Rose, 11-Mitch Hanmer, 9-Brian Taylor, 10-Lee Tompkins, 7-Aaron Dault.

On Tuesday, September 6, 2011 the Cedar Springs Red Hawks battled head-to-head against their conference rivals the Forest Hills Northern Huskies. The game was fast-paced as the Huskies pressured the defensive squad of Aaron Dault, Dontae Ensley, Lee Tompkins, and Brian Taylor. Even though Cedar Springs goal-keeper Kyle Coutchie kept on his toes and racked up 14 saves, the Huskies managed to take the lead of 3-0 at the half. Shortly into the second half (36:56), Kyle Szirovecz received a well-placed pass from Robert Klein, Szirovecz then darted through several FHN defenders and knocked the ball past the charging FHN keeper, giving the Red Hawks their only goal of the match. Both teams gave a strong effort. The final score ended with FHN 3, Cedar Springs 1.
The following evening, Wednesday, September 7, the Red Hawks hosted the Rockford Rams. The Rams proved to be a tough opponent who put constant pressure on the defensive line and goal-keeper, Kyle Coutchie (15 saves), who kept the Rams scoreless throughout the first half. Minutes into the second half, the Rams slipped the ball past the Red Hawk defense and tapped it into the net, giving them a 1-0 advantage. Despite fierce Red Hawk offensive efforts, Cedar Springs fell to Rockford, 1 to 0.
Cedar Springs closed out their busy week at Comstock Park, on Thursday, September 8. The Panthers put up a good fight, but were unable to stop Red Hawk forward Kyle Szirovecz, when he sent a perfect pass to Venezuela exchange student llan Caballero, who drilled it into the back of the net (32:26). The Red Hawk squad was once again grateful to goalkeeper Kyle Coutchie, for his hard work in the net. The physically drained Cedar Springs crew worked hard to protect their lead and were triumphant at the final buzzer, beating the Panthers 1 to 0.
Summing up the week, Coach Kyle Avink noted, “The guys had a packed week of games and it was an opportunity for us to really step up! Come show your team spirit on September 20 at 6:45 for AYSO/CASSA night against Sparta. It is sure to be a great game!”

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Ray Winnie
Kent County Credit Union


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