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Rugby Team Earns Huge Wins

By Jeannie Gregory, 10/05/18, 9:30PM EDT

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Rugby Club Claims 21-10 Victory

The Sparta-Rock girls rugby team faced off against one of the top girls rugby teams in the Midwest, and came away with a huge victory. The team took on perennial powerhouse Warsaw, Indiana, and topped them 21-10, Saturday, Oct. 6. The “Ruck for a Cure Breast Cancer Awareness” match took place at Riverside Park. The team was blanked in the first half, but answered with an excellent second half, holding Warsaw off the scoreboard, while scoring 21 points to secure the victory.

“Despite missing 15 players due to cross country meets, soccer games and several homecomings, we were able to win,” said coach Andy Dauser. “The victory is our first-ever against Warsaw. The girls were down 10-0 at halftime but fought back in the second half with tries from Lexis Lamancusa (Rockford), Valencia Goldsmith (Rockford), and Ashleigh DeWitt (Comstock Park). Alison Brower and Yasmeen Aqel (Rockford) showed continued improvement, as well.”

They also dominated Livingston, Wednesday, Oct. 10 by a score of 74-0. The wins move the team’s conference record to 2-0 and overall record to 4-1.

“It was really a total team effort as new players continue to step up each and every game,” shared Dauser. “Yasmeen Aqel (Rockford), and Mavis Johnson (Rockford) led the hard-charging attack with devastating runs through the Livingston defense. Rockford freshman Abigail Meyerholtz came on in the second half and continued pounding through the Livingston county defense.”

The team looks to go to 3-0 this week and improve to 5-1 on the season with a home game Sunday, Oct. 14 at Roguewood, against OK Red foe Grand Haven (3-1). Kick off is at 2 p.m. with a JV match to follow.