Rockford faced West Ottawa on Wednesday, May 22, at the Ted and came away with an impressive victory 29-1.
While Coach Emery began the game with his starting players, he was able to quickly get some action from the bench as a running clock began only four minutes and 43 seconds into the game. Players were encouraging each other to pass the ball and mix up positions. They were trying to get the ball to players who traditionally do not have the opportunity to score. Several defensive players, including goalie Katie Elwell, scored on attack positions.
Emery stated, “We scored 10 goals in five minutes, so we were able to get some kids into the game and get some of our defenders up front to let them find the back of the net.”
Numerous players scored multiple goals including: Meghan Datema, Kyleigh Egnatuk, Amber Livingston, Zoe Newmann, Alex VanderMolen, and Isabelle Vickers. Also scoring goals for the Rams were: Emily Byers, Jessica Byers, Ryann Deuel, Lexie Henkel, Allison Hite, Ashley Laura, Miranda McWatters, and Lauren Whitfield.
The Rams’ leading point scorer, Senior Erika Neuman, showed complete class in that she did not score a goal, though she had plenty of opportunities. Neumen continually sought to pass the ball even right in front of the goal giving other players game time experience. She finished the game with two assists. “She’s probably one of the most unselfish players I’ve ever coached,” Coach Emery said. “She’s all-America, all-state and all about team.”
Rockford continues the regional playoffs on Wednesday, May 29 at home against Portage United. Junior Aimee Hite is optimistic about the playoffs, “If we continue to improve and play aggressively and fast-paced, there is nothing that can stop us. I’d love to win the state championship for our seniors on June 8.”