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Raiders fall to No. 7 ranked team in the nation, 3-7

Freshman forward Claira Deyoung going for a kick against Owens Community College (Kevin Lopez/The Collegiate)

The road has been one of the biggest problems for the Grand Rapids Community College women’s soccer team this season as they drop another away game, this time against the No. 7 ranked team in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Women’s Soccer, Schoolcraft College, 3-7.

With this loss, GRCC’s team record is now 6-10 and a conference record of 4-10, this also means the Raiders have now lost six out of the last seven games.

It was fast and furious at the start of the game as six goals were scored in the first 20 minutes of the game, with Schoolcraft scoring five of the goals.

Schoolcraft got out to an early lead with two goals within seconds in the first few minutes of the game, but Abby Buttermore, a sophomore forward from Cedar Springs, was able to respond for GRCC with an assist from Alexandria Ellsworth, a freshman midfielder from Comstock Park.

It was a struggle for the Raiders offensively after Buttermore’s goal as they only got one shot off in the first half, while Schoolcraft had 14 shots. They also struggled with fouls as they accumulated four fouls. By the end of the half it was a score of, 1-5.

In the second half, the Raiders tried to rally a comeback as Buttermore scored another goal with some help from Rylie Bjorkman, a freshman forward from Sparta. Schoolcraft would respond with two more goals to make it, 2-7.

With that goal, it brings Buttermore’s total to 19 goals on the season, also bringing her out of her rut as she had not scored the last two games.

It was the same story in the second half with the Raiders as they only took five shots versus Schoolcraft taking 13.

The last goal for the Raiders would be from Ellsworth, who scored a frantic goal as it went off the post and the goalie to make it, 3-7. A comeback wasn’t in the cards for GRCC as the whistle sounded to end the game for the Raiders.

Brooklyn Williams, a freshman midfielder from Rockford, was given a yellow card in the second half for “aggression.”

GRCC’s head coach Jason Hill wanted to emphasize on minimizing the team’s mistakes for their upcoming road game against Muskegon Community College.

“We just need to keep working to eliminate the mental lapses that wind up in the back of our net,” Hill said.

The Raiders look to break this losing streak as they take on Muskegon Community College on Oct. 14 at 1 p.m in Muskegon.

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