Defensive miscues in second half leads to 4-0 loss for boys varsity soccer against Forest Hills Northern

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After a 2-0 win over Ottawa Hills on Tuesday, the boys varsity soccer team shifted its attention to a rivalry game against Forest Hills Northern. The boys, unfortunately, could not prevail, as they lost to the Huskies 4-0. Despite the defeat, the defense in the first half was phenomenal, as the backline did an excellent job of stopping the aggressive Husky forwards when they got in the box.

In the first half, the team showed promise for what is to come in the postseason. The backline starring senior Ethan Hale and junior Matthew Mahoney, along with junior Mason Corcoran, did a great job of clearing balls, winning 50/50 balls toward the Ranger goal, and preventing crosses FHN attempted to perform on FHC. However, the Rangers found themselves on the defensive most of the half, and that led to a Husky goal just about midway through the first half. 

The offense for FHC came later in the half, and it was just a matter of giving accurate passes to the Ranger forwards. Senior midfielders Richie Alvarez and Dani Ahmetovic presented the offense with great opportunities, but the offense couldn’t put the goals in the back of the net. Seniors Sammy Postlewait and Micah Gschwind did a good job early on getting on the offensive end and creating opportunities.  

The second half was a bit of a different story for FHC. The Rangers let up 3 goals to FHN just in the span of 20 minutes. The quickness and aggressiveness were too much for FHC, and the Huskies dominated on the offensive end. It also didn’t help that the Rangers could get very little offense going to counter FHN’s attack. The clock expired and the Rangers were shut out 4-0 by FHN. 

The loss puts FHC at 7-6-4 on the year. FHC takes on the Lowell Red Arrows in the regular-season finale on Monday. In order to beat the opponents that are scheduled for the end of the season and in the postseason, FHC will need to create a little more offense in order to counter some of these high scoring teams.