Senior Ben Taylor’s early goal leads the boys varsity soccer team to a big 2-0 win over Forest Hills Northern


Senior Ben Taylor was coming up the field on a great attack from the Rangers offense and when junior Kyle Webb guided the ball right in front of the net, Ben took it from there. Ben scored the first goal of the game halfway through the first half to give a 1-0 lead for the Rangers in a 2-0 win over Forest Hills Northern.

“I knew it was a game where the team that capitalized on mistakes would come out on top,” head coach Paul Kramer said. “The team made a total effort for almost the whole game.”

With the toughest part of their schedule out of the way and with just two games remaining on what seemed to be a long season, the boys were trying to find momentum as they entered the final stretch before the OK White Conference Tournament. 

To start the game, the Huskies and Rangers both came to play. It was a back and forth game with each team trading blows for a while until Ben’s great goal was about halfway through the first half. After Ben’s goal, the game was a stalemate. Both sides weren’t willing to give up any ground until about five minutes left in the half. That’s when junior Myles Shoham pressured the Northern goalkeeper on a back pass to him. The keeper tried to clear the ball, but it did not go as planned. He kicked the ball right onto Myles’ chest and the ball ricocheted into the ground where Myles took care of the rest. The Rangers had a sound 2-0 lead at halftime and didn’t want to give up a great lead like they did a few days prior against Portage Northern.

In the second half, it was all about the Rangers’ defensive front. Sophomore Lance Childers played a great game in between the sticks, as he had a shutout. Along with that, he racked up double-digit saves and took away plenty of chances for the Huskies to squeeze in a goal. In the end, it was the whole team that played with heart and grit on defense. They wanted the game bad and they wanted the ball. Every play, each defender went all out for it to secure the win. As the final whistle blew, the Rangers took home a 2-0 win over the Huskies.

“It was a great win from the boys tonight,” Kramer said, “we have a tough game ahead but for now, we can enjoy this big win over our rival.”

With a 4-3 finishing conference record, the team looks ahead to finish off its strong season tonight against South Chrisitan. South Christian is ranked 6th in Division 3, so it will be a tough test for the boys. The game will take place at Ranger Stadium at 6:45 PM.