Girls JV soccer suffers first loss of the season to Cedar Springs

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With an undefeated record on the line, the girls JV soccer team took on Cedar Springs—one of the most challenging opponents so far this season. The girls established the goal of having an undefeated season earlier in the year; however, with two minutes to go in the game, the Red Hawks broke the deadlock and added the first blemish of the season to the Rangers’ loss column.

The Rangers dominated almost the entire game, minus the final two minutes. The girls controlled a majority of the possession but struggled to get shots off. The Red Hawk defense played a packed back line, and it created a very tough-to-break defense that prevented the Rangers from creating easy chances. At halftime, the score was tied 0-0, and it didn’t look like things would change soon.

In the second half, it was more of the same. Sophomore Morghan Tilton did a phenomenal job distributing the ball out wide to sophomore Addi Whitten, who made great runs to get copious crosses into the middle of the box. However, the packed defensive line proved to be too much for the Ranger offense, and FHC was not creating the clear chances that they wanted.

As the clock ticked down and two minutes remained in the game, Cedar Springs was given a free kick five yards outside the box. The cross was swung in, and the ball bobbled in the midst of a big group of players eight yards away from the goal. The ball finally broke through the mix right in front of the Ranger keeper, and the Red Hawks slotted the ball into the back of the net, making the score 1-0.

With the loss, the Rangers are now 11-1-1 on the season and 7-1 in the conference. The next game for the Lady Rangers is a non-conference matchup against South Christian, which will warm them up before their last two games of the season, hoping to win the conference.