Two games to go in regular play
by KURT BECKER
Tuesday Sept. 15, the JV Rams had a home game against the Hudsonville Eagles. The game started out slow and against the Rams. The Eagles scored first at three minutes in to the game. The Rams returned the favor at 26 minutes. Ben Przybylski scored off a pass by Jesse Aronoff. The Rams pressed their attack and at 36 minutes into the first half Aronoff scored off a long ball from Ian Stankus. The score at the end of the first half was Rams 2, Eagles 1.
The second half, the Rams pressed it to the Eagles. At only 14 minutes into the second half, Stankus ran through two defenders and scored on a bullet through the goalie’s hands. With 15 minutes left in the game, Przybylski scored on a quick one-touch pass from Zak Hermann past the Eagles’ goalie. Two minutes later, during a corner kick from Nick Krampe in front of the Eagles’ net, Hermann scored on a backward kick. With seven minutes remaining in the game, the Eagles scored against the Rams. The Rams would not give up and continued pressing the Eagles, and with six minutes left in the game, Conner Taylor scored on a long ball through the goalie’s hands. Final score: Rams 6, Eagles 2.
Thursday, Sept. 17, the Rams went to Jenison to play the Wildcats. The game went back and forth until Aronoff, with an assist from Hermann, got the ball into the Wildcats’ net off a corner kick at 14 minutes into the game. Four minutes later Stankus kicked a great ball ahead of the Wildcats’ defenders, and Aronoff ran through both to score on a bullet through the goalie’s hands.
The second half had the Rams wearing down the Wildcats, and at 14 minutes into the second half, Stankus passed to Przybylski, who had a long run and a one-on-one with the Wildcat goalie and scored. Then Danny Clark placed a long pass to Stankus, who ran past two Wildcat defenders and with a quick left turn shot Stankus scored. Four minutes later, Mitch Dubois passed to Aronoff for this third goal of the game. Final score: Rams 5, Wildcats 0.
Saturday, Sept. 19, the Rams traveled to Caledonia to play the Fighting Scots. The Rams faced a stiff defense and took 12 minutes to score their first goal. Clark kicked a long ball over the defenders and Stankus did the rest, zinging one over the Wildcat goalie’s head. With three minutes into the second half, Ian Dayton scored off a long penalty kick over the Fighting Scots goalie’s head through his hands. The Rams’ final score was delivered by Connor Doud off a penalty kick play with the assist by Hermann. Final score: Rams 3, Fighting Scots 0.
This week was difficult for the Rams JV soccer team. They played two tough OK Red conference opponents: Grand Haven Buccaneers and West Ottawa Panthers.
The Buccaneers came ready to play Tuesday, Sept. 22. They were ready for the Rams and came out playing hard. The Bucs scored first on a penalty kick combined with a header at 29 minutes into the game. Aronoff scored for the Rams by dividing two defenders and getting the goalie to commit, then launched it over his head for the score with four minutes to go in the half.
After the half, the Rams battled with the Bucs for seven minutes, then Aronoff scored again with a bullet through the goalie’s hands with the assist by Patrick MacGregor. Play was tough for both teams with a total of 16 penalties in the game. With four minutes left in the game, Przybylski received a long pass from Stankus and zipped on pass the Bucs’ goalie. Final score: Rams 3, Bucs 1.
Thursday afternoon, Sept. 24, the Rams played host to the West Ottawa Panthers. The Panthers were the toughest game the Rams have faced in conference play so far. Both teams played a pitched battle back and forth for 30 minutes into the first half. Then on a penalty kick from Doud to Przybylski, the Rams scored on a soft touch deflection past the goalie. This was the only score in the game.
One more week of regular schedule and the Rams have two OK Red conference games with East Kentwood and Grandville. These games are what coach Stu Quackenbush has been preparing the JV team for. These two games will determine who is best of the JV soccer teams on the OK Red conference. Come out, support and watch your Rams play. The Rams host East Kentwood on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 5:30 p.m., then travel to Grandville on Monday, Oct. 5, to begin play at 5:30 p.m.