Season progress for Rockford Girls Soccer Team

Rockford team goal celebration

The Lady Rams continue to gain momentum and build chemistry as the season progresses.  The Rams played three games this week and came away with wins against Grand Haven and Holt.  Caledonia defeated the Rams at the start of the week with a one-goal win, but the Lady Rams regrouped and became more cohesive as the week progressed.

After a frustrating match against Caledonia on Tuesday wherein the Rams were unable to score despite even play, the Lady Rams came out Thursday and played with a desire to win.  Many attempts on goal were made by the Rams, but only one found its way into the back of the net.  Junior forward Rachel Erste connected at the top of the 18 with a rebound off a free kick to put the Rams up 1 – 0.  Rockford’s defense, anchored by senior Cesiley LaCourt, was able to prevent Grand Haven from scoring despite several attempts including a few breakaway runs that our Rams were able to chase down.  Junior Lindsey Herdsman was able to prevent a goal by defending the far post on a Grand Haven corner kick.  Grand Haven’s last attempt was skillfully handled by junior goalkeeper Keelie Kornak-Kotarba and the Rams finished the match with a victory of 1-0.

The conditions were perfect for the Rams’ third game of the week that took place on Saturday at Rams Stadium.  In the first half, the Lady Rams made several attempts on goal.  Early in the game, junior right back Jane Baker fired a shot off that went just over the crossbar after carrying the ball from the back.  In minute 27, junior Raegan Radaz had a nice cross into the box with Senior Mackenzie Webb connecting and getting a shot off that hit the post.  The Lady Rams were finally able to get one in the back of the net when senior Elise LaCourt scored with a shot to the goalie’s far post following some great ball movement by the team.

The second half saw strong attempts on the left wing by juniors Grace Filipiak and Gracie Milo.  Junior Olivia Stallmer kept the goalie working with a shot from the middle.  Junior Madeline Maple also challenged the goalie with a very nice shot from the 18.  The Lady Rams defense made quick work of the attempts by the Holt Rams to gain any offensive momentum.  The Rams ended the game with a 1-0 victory.  The Lady Rams will work to maintain their momentum this week as they face some very tough competition.  The Rams will see East Kentwood Tuesday at home, Hudsonville on Thursday away, and Forest Hills Central Friday at home.