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Cortnee Speckel of the Grand Rapids High School girls soccer team gets ready to get the ball to a teammate during recent action for the Grand Rapids High School girls soccer team.

GRAND RAPIDS — While it has been a good regular season for the young Grand Rapids High School girls soccer team, the Thunderhawks must now prepare for the Section 7A Girls Soccer Tournament which begins later this week.

The Thunderhawks – which will enter the tournament with a 7-7-1 overall record and a 6-6-1 record in the section, are expected to receive a seed in the middle of teams in the section.

Moses said that with Grand Rapids’ record against section opponents, it is probably the Thunderhawks’ best record since the 2011 season. The seedings for the section tournament were not complete when the interview was conducted and Moses figured the Thunderhawks would receive a seed right about in the middle of the section teams.

“We have some really great wins like against Hermantown – a team we had not beaten since 2012 – and that was a great home win for us,” Moses explained. “Then we had some games where we didn’t come out our best and we ended up losing in overtime or losing the game. I think we learned from that and changed our warm-ups to help with that.”

Moses was asked what will be keys for Grand Rapids to have a successful Section 7A Tournament and she cited health as the No. 1 factor.

“We need everyone rested and healthy,” the coach said. “If everyone comes out and plays their game, we win our 50/50 balls and we pass like we know how to, that is going to help us win. Our back four have stepped up amazingly this year and they have been shutting teams down.

“It is everybody coming out and playing for each other as a team.”

Moses said she is not sure who the favorites are to win the section tournament. She said her team will go out and play its hardest.

“We will just be looking game-by-game and I am hoping we can win our first section game,” Moses said. “That is what we are looking at first.”

Boys Soccer

The Grand Rapids High School boys soccer team will play host to a first-round Section 7A Boys Soccer Tournament game on Thursday, Oct. 10.

The Thunderhawks will play host to Spectrum in first-round action beginning at 5 p.m. at Noble Hall Field in Grand Rapids.

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