Boys varsity soccer loses to powerhouse Grand Rapids Christian 6-2 despite an early lead


Senior Ben Taylor came down the field at the beginning of the second half, trying to set a tone for the rest of the game for the Rangers. Ben scored pretty quickly with a rocket into the net early in the second half to give FHC a 2-1 lead. In the end, though, Ben’s heroics wouldn’t give the Rangers any ground due to the OK White favorite, Grand Rapids Christian, and its offense. The Eagles scored five unanswered goals after Ben’s goal to give the Rangers a 6-2 loss.

“Make no mistake, GRC is a talented team,” head coach Paul Kramer said. “With a dream player like Nick Cassidy, you can’t make mistakes on that team and expect to be successful.”

After a chippy 3-2 loss against Lowell the past Thursday, the boys looked to get yet another conference win against the conference favorite Grand Rapids Christian Eagles.

To start the game, FHC and GRC went back and forth, playing great defense. It wasn’t until about halfway through the first half that sophomore Bennett Nieuwkoop scored his second goal of the season to take an early 1-0 lead. Then, with some great defense still being played from both sides, only the Eagles scored late in the first half to tie it up at one going into halftime.

At the start of the second half, it was Ben who played hero for the Rangers by getting that lead back for the Rangers. With the Rangers playing excellent defense, all they needed to do was hold back Cassidy and the Eagles high octane offense for 20 minutes of game time. Unfortunately for FHC, one mistake led to a plethora of them for the Rangers. The Eagles’ offense scored five unanswered in the final 20 minutes of regulation to beat the Rangers 6-2. 

With a record of 3-5 (1-2 conference), the Rangers will look to get going on the right track again this Thursday, September 16, against East Grand Rapids at Memorial Stadium at 6:45. After this next game, the boys will face Northview at home next Tuesday.