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Strong senior class leading Grand Rapids Christian to hot start

Posted at 11:18 PM, Sep 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-05 23:18:53-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. --  With 14 seniors leading the way, Grand Rapids Christian is off to a great start  on the pitch this fall.

The Eagles are unbeaten and untied in seven games, outscoring their opponents 32-2.

"We are all really experienced; I think it shows in our play," senior midfielder Tommy Visser said.  "I think that we all lead. I think that we keep the energy up and are able to play well together because we have played together for so long."

GRC won 17 matches last year and made it to the regional finals in Division 2, where they lost to eventual state champion Holland.  Last season's team had a small senior class, but one that helped teach the current group about leadership.

"These guys know what it took to get us to where we were last year. It is going to take even more this year," third-year head coach Bruce Pobocik said.  "Learning those lessons, the daily focus, and just the thankfulness that we have."

"Day in and day out ... they understand that this is kind of a once in a lifetime team to have this kind of talent and ability," Pobocik continued, "and they are really not wasting it. They are putting in the work every day."

The Eagles take on rival East Grand Rapids on Thursday at 5:45 p.m. at the Gainey Athletic Complex.