Photo by Douglas Photography
By Scott Green
After dropping a conference game last week to rival East Kentwood 2-1, the Rams soccer team got back to their winning ways with two hard-fought victories. Jack Hansen and the stingy Rams defense added two more clean sheets to what is amounting to great defensive season.
On Thursday, Aug. 31, the Rams defeated a feisty Fruitport squad 2-0. The game-winning goal was scored by the Rams lone sophomore Lance Boltman. Adam Goushaw continued his team leading scoring by adding an insurance goal late in the game.
This past Tuesday, Sept. 4, the Rams traveled to Hudsonville for a conference battle with the Eagles. After the Hudsonville goalkeeper misjudged a free kick from senior Trevor Durfee, Aaron Carr scored on a diving header to put the Rams on top for good. Once again, the Rams defense was like a brick wall despite a very physical Hudsonville offense. Savion Young and Schuyler Norton anchored the middle with Max Dalton and Aiden Corpe running down any outside threats. Jacob Radamacher and Sam Riggs slowed the attack at midfield for much of the first half. Ben Joseff came off the bench to play both offense and defense for the Rams late in the first and second halves.
After the game head coach Stu Quackenbush said, “We want to learn to work harder than we ever thought we could, and we want to learn to love each other as a team. I see the team growing and I’m proud of them but we’re not there yet. Every single practice and game we have to get better if we want to accomplish our goals. We have a long way to go yet.”
The Rams sit at 6-2-1 at the halfway point of the season with five shutouts. Trevor Durfee scored the lone goal in the Rams’ loss to East Kentwood.
The Rams host West Ottawa on Tuesday, Sept. 11, Grandville on Thursday, Sept. 13, and Caledonia Tuesday, Sept. 18. The Caledonia is the annual youth night and all fans are encouraged to wear black. Any youth players wearing a soccer jersey will be admitted for free.