Girls varsity soccer holds strong to defeat Gull Lake in a 1-0 defensive battle


The girls varsity soccer team showed its grit as the Rangers remained strong after a first-half goal from senior Whitney Currie to finalize the game at 1-0 against the Blue Devils of Gull Lake.

“This was a great team win for us,” head coach Ashley Ludtke stated. “Some injuries allowed us to get players in the game that have had limited minutes this season, and everyone stepped up and played their role while also encouraging each other along the way.”

The diligence to keep possession of the ball and overall patience for the Rangers was what ultimately led to the win against their distant rival. After the Whitney first-half goal, the team stayed strong for an outcome that the program has not had in years. In recent seasons, the Rangers have always fallen to the Blue Devils—not this time, however. This game showed the togetherness and want to win from FHC, as all parts of their game came together to get the outcome they needed.

The defense, crowned by junior goalie Ava Wilberding, kept out the opposing offensive pressure in tandem with the impressive midfield. Senior Lilly VanSkiver left it all on the field, as she was the focal point between the Ranger offense and defense. With the help of her performance in the first and, more specifically, the second half, the girls managed to shut down any chances for the Blue Devils to close out the game.

This win puts the girls at 6-0 with a 2-0 conference record. They now face the Pioneers of EGR on Monday, April 25, at home.