GRFC scored five goals in each of its games last weekend, beating NPSL rival Detroit City FC and independent Bloomfield Force FC at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids, MI.
On Friday, the Grand Army gathered to welcome Detroit City FC and its’ Northern Guard to the friendly confines of Beer City for GRFC’s 5-2 win.
Scott Doney and Joe Broekhuizen each scored two goals against DCFC on Friday en route to a 5-3 GRFC win. Doney scored the first two home goals, at the 20th minute and 23rd minute after Detroit City had scored in the 13th minute, giving the Blue a 2-1 lead.
“That second goal just took off the boys, you could see the life come to them,” Doney told grandrapidsfc.com. “We started slow but once we got those goals, nothing jump starts the boys like that, and the crowd just amped it up even more.”
Tyler Fischer headed in a throw-in from defender Trent Vegter just before the half for a 3-1 lead.
DCFC would score in the 59th minute to get back within one.
That’s when Broekhuizen scored both of his two goals within an eight minute span to push the lead to 5-2
Said head coach George Moni,
“One of the things we were recognizing (early in the second half) is they were building out of the back, we wanted to add a second forward and change our formation from a 4-2- 3-1 to a 4-4- 2, pressing their center backs and not allow them to possess out of the back. Right now we’re reaching our peak from a soccer point of view. Everybody is getting better, everybody is more comfortable, the chemistry and the bonding of players is far better than in the beginning, and our work has paid off. The most important thing is be consistent, be focused, be concentrated, and get the job done on a daily basis.”
Noble Sullivan found the back of the net twice against Force FC on Saturday night as GRFC won 5-1.
Force FC scored in the 36th minute, but Joe Sweet tie the match two minutes later, tying the game at 1-1 at the half. That’s when Sullivan scored his goals back-to-back in the 49th and 52nd minutes.
“The first half of this game against Force, we didn’t really bring the energy, so we knew going into halftime that we needed to step it up,” said Sullivan, named Man of the Match. “I think the result speaks for itself.”
“Our daily work has been very good, the boys have raised the expectations of training,” said Moni. “Everyone is hungry, everyone is showing more passion, more desire to compete, and if you do that, good things happen. It’s a perfect scenario – 10 goals in two games. I couldn’t be any happier.”
Sean Broekhuizen and Nate Hoover added late goals for GRFC.