Girls varsity soccer goes 1-1-1 in a three-game stretch

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After a previous 8-0 run, the Ranger soccer girls set their mind against their biggest rival: Forest Hills Northern. The Huskies went into this game knowing the strength of their opponent’s defense, which showed in the 2-0 first half lead. Unfortunately for the girls, their second half was not as solid. The Huskies strung together a magnificent 4 goals in a row to bring their lead to 4-2 at the end of the competition.

“We played a very solid first half,” head coach Ashley Ludtke said. “Unfortunately, we had a few defensive breakdowns and miscommunications, and good teams are going to capitalize on those opportunities.”

The next game for FHC was against a very strong Byron Center team. This game was back and forth the whole time, with FHC firing shot after shot at the opposing goal. The Bulldogs fought back, however, with an array of shots of their own at junior Ava Wilberding. She was assisted by seniors Autumn Burns and Zoe Lipke, who kept the back line tight and orderly. Their constant blockade led to many quick counterattacks at the other end for sophomore Dailey Tucker, who was consistently breaking through the Byron defense. Although both teams had many chances, no one could close it out as they ended the game tied 0-0.

To close out the week, the girls faced off against Portage Central. This game was a battle from the start, with the Rangers attacking the net first. Despite a constant offensive pressure, the Mustangs seemed to hold tight until middle of the second half, where the Rangers really stepped up the pressure. This boost of energy resulted in a shot from junior Addi Tack, to a deflection right into the possession of junior Katie Hurbanis who buried it in the net. The second goal was scored by senior Elisha Strawser with a 25 yard free kick that she placed just over the goalie’s head. Portage retaliated with a goal, but it wasn’t quite enough as FHC ended the game victorious with their 2-1 win.

This three game series brings the girls to 9-1-1 overall and 5-1 in the conference. Their next game is at Forest Hills Eastern on Monday, May 10 at 6:45 pm.