Girls varsity soccer wins defensive slugfest against Grand Ledge 1-0 in district opener

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Coming off of an 8-0 conference championship victory against Greenville, the girls varsity soccer team took the field for the second time in 4 days in its district opener against the Grand Ledge Comets. FHC took the win against the Comets 1-0 in an end-to-end game. Sophomore Elisha Strawser scored the lone goal on the night and was assisted by sophomore Whitney Currie.

FHC got lots of great offensive opportunities early on in the game. Whitney, along with fellow defender junior Ally Francisco, did a great job of connecting to the midfield, who connected to the forwards. Grand Ledge got their offense going as well, as they were able to get 3 free kicks in the first half alone. Senior goalie Alexa Lauer was able to save all three of them, and the Lady Ranger defense held strong. At halftime, FHC and the Comets were tied 0-0.

The Lady Rangers started off hot once again in the second half. Senior captain Ashley Ward and freshman Lauren Koczenasz led the charge by getting countless opportunities on net, but the Comet goalie kept making big plays. FHC finally struck first, with Elisha Strawser finding the back of the net off of a Whitney assist with 21 minutes remaining in the game. The Lady Ranger defense held strong and closed out Grand Ledge 1-0.

The win puts FHC at 17-2 overall on the season. The Lady Rangers move on to the second round of District play where they will take on the Holt Rams on Tuesday.