GRFC took control of the ball early and held on for a 1-0 victory over the visiting Muskegon Risers on Saturday night.
Midfielder Greg Timmer scored for a 1-0 lead in the 8th minute.
“I think we came out in the first 15 minutes and we dominated,” said Timmer. “We took over the first 15 and that’s when we got our goal.”
“It was a great start,” added associate head coach Lewis Robinson. “We talked about grabbing all the game and dictating the tempo, especially in the first 10 or 20 minutes. We did it really well, created a couple of great chances and scored a great goal, so it was a very good start and we were happy with that.”
“After our goal, we left off the boiler a little bit,” said Robinson. “We got stuck and frustrated I thought, we didn’t quite have the quality to get the second or third goal, and that made it frustrating. We learned a lot getting ready for next week.”
“We’re still learning about ourselves, we’re still figuring things out, and hopefully to be as good as we possibly can for Friday,” said Robinson. “We’re very happy we get a win, very happy we get a clean sheet and shutout again, which is important two weeks in a row – it gives us a lot of confidence going into next weekend.”
Grand Rapids makes its’ NPSL debut on Friday, May 20 against Michigan Stars in Pontiac, MI. The team then hosts Oakland County FC on Sunday, May 21.
“(The game against Michigan Stars) will be our debut, so that will be fun,” said Timmer. “I know we lost to Muskegon last year so we had something to prove today, but at the end of the day we’re still 0-0 (in the NPSL) and we’re looking forward to that opening game. ”
First kick for the Sunday match at Houseman Field is set for 5:00 p.m. Join the Grand Army at Bob’s Bar on Michigan St. NE before the game.