Girls varsity soccer starts off with a 2-0 win against East Kentwood

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With the start of the spring season in full swing, the girls varsity soccer team faced off in its new stadium against the Falcons of East Kentwood. This squad of Falcons has been historically solid, but the Rangers made its point of dominance early on. The final score of the game was 2-0 in favor of FHC in a heavy defensive battle.

The game started off with something the Rangers pride themselves on: defense. The back line for the girls, headed by junior Ava Wilberding, is assisted by the crucial duo of seniors Autumn Burns and Whitney Currie. With the help from the midfield, these three kept the ball on the other side of the field for 80% of the game as the ball was in the Rangers possession most of the game in the prime striking position.

After a scoreless half, the Rangers entered the final 40 minutes with a more offensive-oriented formation. This would push the midfield up, and allow more scoring opportunities while also slightly weakening the defensive line. Despite the risk, the Rangers held the opponent scoreless while also adding two back-to-back goals. The first one came from a miscommunication in the Falcons’ back line, as sophomore Dailey Tucker found the back of the net with the first goal. The second came from junior Claudia Folkert in her first career varsity goal as well.

As the minutes ticked down, the Rangers really found some aspects that would prove crucial later in the season. Whitney’s dominant defense also led to a very impressive offensive performance, as she would dribble up the field and create many opportunities at the net for the team. In tandem with her was senior Lilly VanSkiver who came out from the start of the game to really put the pressure on the East Kentwood defense. These two proved to be huge threats down the stretch, and will be vital for success in the future.

“This first game was a great first win for us,” Autumn said. “When we started slowing down our play and focused on connecting passes, we really started to dominate, which allowed us to pull ahead and close it out.”

The Rangers are now 1-0 with conference games on the horizon, and their next game against Greenville at home on April 14 after their spring break.