The Lady Rams had an up-and-down week, alternating wins and losses through four games.
In a conference battle against Grand Rapids Catholic Central, the Lady Rams lost a hard-fought game 4-3 on Wednesday, April 29. The Rams rallied back from the injury to defensive standout senior Shelby Smith, who injured her knee early in the first half. They never completely regained their composure after the injury to one of their emotional leaders. The Rams out-shot the Cougars 31-11, but ran into a hot goalie, Lindsay McCarty, who made a record 28 saves in the game, spoiling Senior Night for the Rams. Andi Raymond had all three goals for Rockford, and Meagan Emery added an assist. Raymond had a penalty shot with one click left on the clock that would have sent the game to overtime, but it went just wide as time expired. The rematch will be May 13 at Catholic Central, and it looks to shape up as the conference championship.
Saturday, May 2, the Rams traveled to Okemos for a play day with three games. The Rams began the day with a victory over Brighton 12-4. Rockford will face them again in the regional opener May 20. Gabby Twiest was strong in goal for the Rams, as she maintains a goals-allowed average of less than five. Lexi O’Connor and Alyssa Neumen were all over the field on defense, taking away numerous opportunities from Brighton.
Emery led all scorers with five goals on six shots. Raymond added four, Michon Moline added two, and Kelsei Streeter chipped in with a goal. Raymond and Abbey Neerken continued their strong draw play by winning 11 center draws. Senior Roxy Rosema had two caused turnovers for the Rams.
In the rematch with Okemos, the Rams hung tough and out-shot the Chiefs in the first half, but could not find the net. The number-one-ranked Okemos team pulled away 10-3 at the final horn. The Rams played well, but could not solve the transition game of Okemos.
In the final game of the day, Rockford beat Battle Creek United 11-4 as the coaches got everyone into the action. Sophomore goalie Sydney Gray was strong, with eight saves in net. Kelly McCabe, Emily Gray, Neumen and O’Connor led the Ram defense. Rockford scoring was again led by Raymond with three goals and five assists. Moline contributed four goals, and Emery, Rosema, Taylor Hiner, and Twiest each had a goal.
The Lady Rams have two remaining home games, May 4 against defending Division II champ Flint Powers, and May 6 in a cancer benefit contest against conference foe East Grand Rapids. Watch next week’s Squire for results.