Charlevoix Embarks on First Semifinal Appearance
CHARLEVOIX – The Charlevoix boys soccer team finds itself entering uncharted territory this week as it prepares for its first state semifinal appearance.
Prior to last week’s 2-0 win over Saginaw Swan Valley in a Division 3 regional semifinal, the Rayders had never won at that stage. Charlevoix then did itself one better by claiming the program’s first regional championship via a 5-0 win over Benzie Central on Thursday.
Since opening postseason play with a 5-3 overtime win over Elk Rapids, Charlevoix has been on a roll, combining to shut out Kalkaska, Swan Valley and Benzie Central 11-0.
“Unfortunately, we kind of started out a little bit slow the last couple of games, but our speed and our endurance is one of our strengths,” Charlevoix coach Jonathon Boss said. “We’re really able to string passes together and just really control the pace of the game. For it to be able to come through this season and play as well as what they’ve done, this whole season and especially everything coming together now, that’s what you expect out of a team."
Charlevoix will meet top-ranked Grand Rapids Catholic Central (19-1-3) in a Division 3 semifinal at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Cedar Springs.
Catholic Central finds itself in good company with Charlevoix, as the Cougars had never won a district or regional title prior to this season. The Cougars topped Paw Paw 3-2 in overtime last Thursday in a regional final.
Wednesday’s game is set for 6 p.m.