By Kevin Lopez
The Grand Rapids Community College Men’s Soccer team traveled to Benton Harbor to take on Lake Michigan College and once again, they completely overpowered and dominated the Red Hawks in every facet of the game to walk away with the W, 3-0.
Although they didn’t score as many goals compared to their last game, they took complete control with their aggressive offense where they took 37 shots, 16 of them at the goal, while keeping them away with their defense with the Red Hawks only taking five shots, with none of them going at the goal.
It was once again a tense game as there was a lot of trash talk amongst the players, even with the coaches as Elijah Maas, a freshman striker, scored off a penalty kick and seemed to taunt Lake Michigan’s coach.
There was also anger at the referees on both sides, feeling there were missed calls, especially after a goal was taken away from GRCC and players on Lake Michigan felt that fouls were being missed. Thus both sides were given many warnings.
Despite that, the Raiders were able to stay together as a unit and improve their record with the win to 6-1, with a conference record of 5-0. They have yet to have a single conference opponent score on them.
Freshman striker Mohamed Tamour led the way for his team with two goals. He was also named the MVP and offensive player of the game, he said, “I’m feeling great man. As long as we get the win, that’s all that matters.”
GRCC’s Head Coach Damiekco Smith said he felt his team must stay focused after the win for their next game.
“We’ve got to be ready for the next game,” Smith said. “They’ve got to stop talking to the refs, we gotta play our game. There are no excuses, we’ve got to understand that we’ve played a lot of games at home, it’s a different thing on the road with the calls and everything else, so we’ve got to be prepared for that.”
The Raiders look to continue their success as they travel to Donaldson, Indiana to take on Marion University – Ancilla at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15.