The Lady Rams began their season with a convincing victory against Grand Haven. In their inaugural game on the new turf in the Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium—and their new uniforms purchased with the girls’ fundraising efforts—the Lady Rams lit up the scoreboard, winning 22-0.
The Rams were shorthanded due to an injury to senior captain Andi Raymond and a disciplinary action against two additional players, but the Rams outshot their visitors 40-5. Seniors Taylor Hiner and captain Meagan Emery led the Ram scoring attack with seven goals each. Hiner also chipped in four assists. Also scoring for the Rams were Alyssa Neumen with three goals, Kelsei Streeter with two, and Abbey Neerken, Erica Neumen, and Morgan Stage each tallying one goal apiece.
The story of the night was the Ram defense shutting down the Buccaneer attack, only allowing those five shots on goal. Jenna Chaffee had a good night between the pipes in her first varsity action. Defensively, the Rams were led by senior captain Neerken from her center defensive position. She was flanked by two newcomers to the varsity freshman Kelli Raymond, and sophomore Hannah Maroe. All three were instrumental in limiting Grand Haven’s opportunities.
Emery and A. Neumen were also instrumental in the mid-field defense working together to cause six Buccaneer turnovers.
Co-coaches Mike Emery and Jeff Neerken were happy with the effort level, but saw many areas where the girls can improve as they move in to conference play after spring break.
Coach Neerken stated, “We have really worked on our defense. We were most proud of the shutout, which came about because of the teamwork on defense. We should get better as the season moves along.”
The Rams will be busy when they return, as they have an away game against Lansing Waverly April 14, their conference opener away at Forest Hills Eastern April 16, and a home contest April 17 against Grosse Point South.
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