The Grand Rapids Community College Men’s Soccer team opened up a new chapter in GRCC athletics as they played the first game in the program’s history against Jackson College. In dominant fashion, the Raiders defeated the Jets 6-0.
“The win felt great,” freshman winger Lucas Freriks said. “It was really cool to be a part of not only the first men’s soccer game but also the first win.”
Just over 10 minutes after the game started, the Raiders struck early as sophomore striker Mohamed Tamour scored on an assist from sophomore defender Chase Laarman.
Tamour was ecstatic about having the first goal in program history
“It felt amazing to be a part of that moment,” Tamour said. “Being the first to do it for the program will be a fantastic moment that I will never forget.”
Other goal scorers include freshman striker Elijah Maas, freshman winger Alexander Lagazo, freshman defender Drozdowski, freshman winger Jaret Jaramillo, and Freriks. Freshman Xander Fredericksen led the team with two assists.
The Raiders never let up on their impressive debut which guided them to a 6-0 victory in which they outshot Jackson College 45 to 9.
“We were one yesterday, a big GRCC family collectively perfect as a new team and we did what we had to do to get the win,” Tamour said. “In this team we have talent and this is only the beginning. We all had that vision before going to that game. We went there to destroy our opponents and we did that.”
The Raiders improved to 1-0 on the season along with their first overall and conference victory. GRCC faces Terra State Community College at the MacKay-Jaycees Park on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m.
“We are just thankful for the opportunity to represent the community of Grand Rapids as a soccer team,” head coach Damiecko Smith stated in a GRCC press release. “We have a lot of work to do if we plan on being one of the more competitive teams in the conference, but we are excited for the challenge.”