BELDING — The Belding Redskins are still trying to build a soccer program. Doing so against some top notch programs is a tough thing to do.
On a mild Wednesday evening, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks cruised to a 9-1 O-K Blue victory over the Redskins at Rudness Field.
The Red Hawks scored the first two goals before the Redskins responded with a goal by Haylee Batzer.
“She scored on a nice shot,” Belding coach Blaine Kemme said. “It was well outside 18-yards and curled into the upper corner.”
Cedar Springs scored the final three goals of the first half.
Heather Howard had both her goals in the first half and Kendra Myers scored two of her three goals in the first half. Amber Milligan had the other first half goal for the Red Hawks.
“I thought we played pretty well in the beginning,” Cedar Springs coach Justin Harnden said. “We had a couple of chances really quick that didn’t bounce our way.”
“We were with them at first,” Kemme said. “Over time they have a very experienced team that know how to find a weakness and exploit it. They pass very well.”
Belding keeper Samm Parker kept the Red Hawks scoreless for the first 10 minutes of the second half with some nice saves.
“This is really her (Parker) first year playing and she made a lot of great one-on-one stops tonight,” Kemme said. “She did a fantastic job in net.”
The Red Hawks kept coming and scored three times in a five minute period to open an 8-1 advantage with 24:41 remaining in the game.
“We started to find our feet and find our opportunities,” Harnden said. “This is our first time on a grass field. It’s difference for us. It’s a slower speed and we had to adjust to it.”
The Red Hawks ended the game early with a final goal by Myers for a 9-1 final.
“Cedar Springs is a real good team with a lot of speed,” Kemme said. “It made it difficult for our backs and defense to keep up with them. That is their (Cedar Springs) strength.”
Hannah Wright scored twice in the second half and Milligan added her second goal.
Belding continued to battle and did have some scoring chances late in the game, but could not finish.
“Toward the end we started moving the ball well,” Kemme said. “We had a few opportunities up front late. But were not quite there to get the shot.”
Cedar Springs improved to 3-2-1. The Redskins are now 0-5.
Belding will travel to Ionia on Friday.