Soccer hits rough patch with three-game week

Chrisman heads the ball.
Chrisman heads the ball.

Rockford men’s varsity soccer began their three-game week with a win against Holland’s West Ottawa. Jason Lenon, with an assist by Tyler Pellerito, gave the Rams the 1-0 lead. Defender Joel Pietila stopped the Panthers from making a goal during the first half when goalie Nate Henderson blocked a shot but could not get back in the net quickly enough to block the Panthers quick rebound. Pietila, hugging the near post, kicked away the ball for the save. Early in the second half Lenon scored again to lengthen the lead to 2-0. Henderson and the defense fought hard to stop the Panthers, allowing only one goal for West Ottawa with a final score of 2-1.

For the second game of the week the Rams hosted Hudsonville. Despite outshooting the Eagles, the Rams were unable to hit the net falling 0-1 to Hudsonville.

On Saturday Rockford hosted the Portage Central Mustangs for their last game of the week. Rams Tyler Pellerito scored a goal during the first giving the Rams a 1-0 lead. However, the Mustangs began the second half with a quick goal to even up the game. The Rams were able to hold off the Mustangs for most of the second half, with several stops by goalie Isaac Younker. However, the Mustangs were able to get one more goal by the Rams to end the game in a 1-2 loss.

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