Boys varsity soccer wins sixth conference game en route to 2-0 win over Ottawa Hills

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After a solid 2-0 win over the East Grand Rapids Pioneers, the boys varsity soccer hoped to continue the success against Ottawa Hills. The team did succeed and ended up winning the game 2-0 over the Bengals. Despite a slow start, the Rangers found their stride defensively and shut down the Bengals en route to the shutout. Seniors Sammy Postlewait and Richie Alvarez scored the goals for FHC, giving the team its fifth win in six games. 

The first half was a slow one for FHC. The Rangers struggled to find the back of the net against an Ottawa Hills team in which they had scored 7 goals for the first time last time these teams met. Fortunately for FHC, Sammy broke the ice with 15 minutes to go in the first half to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead over the Bengals. The defense for FHC held strong during the time after Sammy’s goal. Senior Ethan Hale did an excellent job of clearing balls that Ottawa Hills had to keep the Bengals from getting any chances offensively. FHC went into the half up 1-0 on the Bengals. 

The second half was a much-improved half from the team. Richie would score off of a corner kick just 4 minutes into the half to give FHC some momentum. The Rangers looked improved on both sides of the ball and started to get a lot more offense going. Senior Micah Gschwind was very aggressive on offense, using his speed to create many mismatches for the Bengal defense. FHC continued it’s much-improved half and eventually won the game 2-0 over Ottawa Hills. 

This win puts the Rangers at 7-5-4 on the season and 6-3-1 in the OK White conference. FHC takes on its toughest challenge yet on Friday, as they take on the arch-rival Forest Hills Northern Huskies at Ranger Stadium. The Rangers hope to spoil the Huskies’ perfect season, in what would be a monster win with playoffs right around the corner.