Ranger girls soccer advances to the conference finals thanks to two big wins


This week was the start of the postseason for the Ranger girls’ soccer team. They had two important matches which propelled them to the conference championship game.

The first team they had to face was Grand Rapids Christian, a team they dealt with handily earlier in the season. Luckily for the girls, this game was no different.

“I think the team did really well finding open passes and playing quickly,” said Gigi Sinicrope.

This allowed the girls to net goals against the Eagles, which sent them to the conference semi-finals. This win was not only paramount for moving on in the conference tournament, but it was also a great way to honor the seniors on their special night.

“This win was important because it was senior night, so we all wanted it really bad for ourselves and for the seniors,” stated Gigi.

After the big win against GRC, the girls got right back to work in the conference semi-finals against Byron Center. Once again, the girls had prior success against the opposition and the girls were able to repeat the past and slide their way into the conference finals. In this game, similar to the last, the girls were able to control the ball very well.

“Our team possessed the ball very well. Byron is one of those teams who like to play ‘kickball’ and it is very hard to keep possessing the ball with short passes when the other team isn’t,” said senior Frankie Sutton.

By controlling possession well, the girls were able to keep a clean sheet and score two goals, prevailing them into the conference final.The girls have their first opportunity of the year to get some hardware in that of the conference title. While the opponent may be tough, the girls have a sense of confidence as they head to Northern to play.

“I think our team is very prepared to play Northern. Losing to Northern in the regular season has shown us what we need to do better at and it also showed us their strengths which we have been working to defend in the last week of practice,” said Frankie.

The girls will contest for the conference title against Forest Hills Northern, away, at 6:45 on Friday, May 19.