Boys varsity soccer soundly defeats Ottawa Hills 7-0

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After a sudden 6-1 defeat to the Cedar Springs Red Hawks, the boys varsity soccer team took the field this week to take on the Ottawa Hills Bengals. The Rangers got the job done, winning the game 7-0 and picking up their second win of the season. Senior Sammy Postlewait continues to be an offensive liability, scoring a season 5 high goals in yesterday’s matchup. Senior Micah Gschwind and freshman Noah Gleason rounded out the scoring for FHC en route to a dominant offensive performance. 

All of the Ranger scoring came in the first half. Noah put FHC on the board early off of a missed corner shot. After that, Sammy started blowing past the Bengal defenders and placed the ball in the perfect place behind the net. He also did a great job of creating opportunities for his teammates throughout the game, which resulted in the Rangers severely outnumbering Ottawa Hills with shots on goal. As much as the offense succeeded in the first half, so did the defense. Junior Mason Corcoran continued his success on the defensive end, not allowing the Bengals to see the net very often. Micah put in the final goal of the half and FHC went into halftime up 7-0. 

Head coach Paul Kramer put in some fresh legs in for the entire second half and give his starters a rest. Although the offense couldn’t score to put the game away due to mercy rule, the defense looked very sound. Sophomore goalie Jaden Talley made a couple saves in his limited action today and kept the Bengals from putting in a goal behind the net. The defense continued to be lockdown throughout the half and the Rangers grabbed the win 7-0. 

This win puts FHC’s record at 2-3-2 overall and 2-2 in the OK White conference. The Rangers now focus to a non-conference matchup against the Caledonia Fighting Scots on the road. In a rematch of last year’s district semifinals, FHC will hope to keep up its offensive production and keep up the strong defense. Caledonia is ranked as a top 10 team in the state, so FHC’s mistakes will need to be little to none in order to pull out a victory on Saturday.