Rockford Rams boys varsity soccer off to strong start

Senior defender Austin Crowell (#14) helps the Rams defeat Lowell 1-0.

With one week of play in the books, the Rams varsity soccer team is poised for a strong season. The Justin Bailey Memorial Shootout in Portage provided a challenging three-match opportunity for this relatively young team to work together and emerge undefeated.

The Rams tied the first match against Ann Arbor Pioneer in a scoreless event, followed by 3-0 and 1-0 wins over Northville and Okemos, respectively. The Rams traveled to Lowell on Tuesday for the first regular season match. Scoring events by senior Zak Hermann and sophomore Michael Pontius resulted in a 2-0 win for the Rams.

In the season home opener on Thursday, the Rams’ defensive wall shut down Fruitport’s offense, while Hermann managed to score from an assist by junior Derek Williams.

Coach Steve Thomas stated, “I’m very pleased with our guys’ effort and energy to start the season. It is a very hardworking and accountable group. The fact that we’ve had five goals with four different goal scorers is very positive. Defensively, we have five shutouts and have been extremely organized on the back line. Most importantly, we’re having fun and improving each time we train. I’m excited to finish the non-league portion of our schedule and keep getting prepared for a very demanding OK Red conference.”

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