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Women’s Soccer team notches first win in programs history over Terra State in close battle, 4-3

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By Kevin Lopez

History was made on Aug. 26 for Grand Rapids Community College as the Women’s team was able to get the first win in the program’s history after defeating Terra State Community College.

GRCC’s head coach Jason Hill was proud of his players for how they played.

“I’m very happy for the team,” Hill said. “They worked hard. We’re coming a long way. Every day we show up, we’re practicing to win, and we’re getting better every single day and learning from our mistakes. I’m very happy for them.”

The Raiders came out extremely aggressive from the jump, seemingly taking over the tempo and pace of the game, while also playing excellent defense on their opponent.

All four goals were scored in the first half with Abby Buttermore, a forward from Cedar Springs, scored her second goal of the season to take the 1-0 lead.

Following that was Rylie Bjorkman, a forward from Sparta, scored the second goal of the game, while Allyson Seevers, a forward from Lowell, scored the next two goals to take a 4-0 lead into the second half.

Things got a little hairy for GRCC when their opponents attempted a comeback,  scoring three goals in the second half, while the Raiders struggled to score.

Despite the goals from the Titans, the Raiders were able to hold on and leave Mackey-Jaycees Park with their first win of the season.

Eden Palmani, a defender from Adrian, expressed how happy she was for the team to win.

“We feel really good, we’re a brand new team, brand new season, brand new everything,” Palmani said. “There’s a ton we need to work on, but overall I’m pretty proud of what we did.”

Buttermore said the difference between this game and their last game was the effort.

“I think our effort was definitely a lot higher than our last game,” Buttermore said. “We wanted to come back from the loss in our last game and I think we played well today.”

The Raiders look to rack up the wins as they take on Marian University-Ancilla at 4 p.m. on Aug 29. at Mackey-Jaycees Park in Grand Rapids.

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