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Rockford girls soccer falls to Reeths-Puffer in district final

June 10, 2010 // 0 Comments

by JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER As the announcer counted down the final seconds of the district final Saturday afternoon at Grand Haven High School, the Rockford girls soccer team watched the championship slip between their fingers. The Rams had outshot Reeths-Puffer 15-7 in the title game, but their fiery opponents outscored them 3-2 to capture the win. The Rockets have now advanced to the regional opener against Okemos Tuesday night at Holt. “This is a disappointing loss,” admitted Coach Amira Ponne, whose team ends the season with a 10-9-1 record. “It has happened to us all season, but it’s too bad it had to happen today. We played possession so beautifully. We controlled the field. We were better, and they know it. We just played so great, but their keeper did a good job. She wasn’t fumbling anything we put to her.” The Rockets’ overly aggressive play earned them many fouls, a yellow card, and plenty of jeers from the Rockford crowd, but that aggressiveness and opportunistic thinking surely paved the way for their victory. Senior Emily Lindebaum, who sat out for 10 minutes after earning the yellow card, scored their final two goals by muscling her way into key scoring positions. The Rams, who tied the Rockets earlier in the season, lit up the scoreboard first when senior Al Huyser’s precision passing found freshman Erika Bradfield open in the midfield. Bradfield’s shot floated up over the outstretched fingers of the Rockets’ goalkeeper Erin Caughey with 15:53 left in the first half. Back-to-back goals 10 minutes later gave the Rockets a 2-1 advantage going into the half. Senior Emily Swain tied the game when she broke away from the Rockford defense, charged up the middle, and shot the ball past Rockford goalkeeper Karlee Fluegel with 5:06 left in the half. Just 24 seconds later, Lindebaum muscled her way into position and made an unobstructed shot from close range. The Rams tied it up with 15 minutes left in the game by a beautifully placed corner shot from junior Emily Cowan. Although Huyser had stepped up to take the shot and already had the ball in the corner, Ponne called for Cowan to take the shot with the hopes that Huyser or her twin sister Kate might get […]

Rockford varsity soccer shuts out Jenison in last home game

June 3, 2010 // 0 Comments

by JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER The seniors on the Rockford girls varsity soccer team won’t play at Rams Stadium ever again. Wednesday night, May 26, as they wrapped up their conference tournament run there, they left their final mark on the pitch by beating Jenison 5-0. The 12th-graders, most of whom have played together on teams for at least a third of their lives, stole the show in their second rout of the visiting Wildcats, scoring all five goals. Nine of the 10 players were on the field as the clock ticked off those final seconds. Defender Katie Purvis—who was injured in the Rams’ first game against Jenison on April 23 and faces surgery this summer—cheered madly from the sidelines. “It was fun to watch them end the game together,” said Coach Amira Ponne, who has coached all but one of the seniors since their freshman year. “They came off smiling and hugging one another. It wasn’t sad; it was celebratory. They have played together their whole lives. It’s a big part of their childhood memories, which go back to the soccer field, and of course in high school, that includes Rams Stadium. They showed their leadership in the game and how strong they are as a class. They can get the job done. The underclassmen and juniors are really going to need to step it up next year.” Ponne began her coaching career at Rockford four years ago as the junior varsity coach with nine of the 10 players: Jenna Lysne, Jordan Diffenderfer, Allison Huyser, Kate Huyser, Jenna Odem, Celine Stallmer, Kori Brown, Sondra Weaver, and Purvis. The 10th senior, Sam Decker, played on the varsity team as a freshman. All 10 played for the Soccer Club of Rockford (SCOR) through ninth grade, and all but Decker continued with the club through their senior season under the tutelage of long-time coaches Ian Purvis and John Stallmer. Decker, who will play next year for Grand Valley State University, spent the last three club seasons playing for Grand Rapids Junior Crew. The victory over Jenison, which was delayed an hour because of lightning, helped the Rams secure a tie for third place with Grand Haven in the OK Red conference. Undefeated East Kentwood, which beat Rockford 2-1 in […]

Rivals clash, Grand Haven beats Rockford girls soccer

May 7, 2009 // 0 Comments

by JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER The rivalry between the Rockford girls soccer team and Grand Haven goes back a long way, so every time the two teams meet, a battle ensues.  Three years ago, the Rams beat the Buccaneers for the district title. Two years ago, the Bucs turned the tables in the same game. Last year, Rockford beat Grand Haven in the district semifinal, so Friday night’s OK Red conference match-up on the Bucs’ home turf was expected to be a battle. The fans got their money’s worth.  The evenly matched teams provided a night of entertainment, but the hosts got the upper hand, beating visiting Rockford 2-1 in a conference thriller. “A lot of us who have been on the team a couple of years tried to instill in people’s minds that this was a big game,” said Rockford co-captain Rachel Doud, a four-year varsity member. “It is a really big game for both of us. It always feels good to walk away with a win. We played our hearts out. It was a tough loss, but it was nice to see us come together and play as a team.”   Although each squad had their opportunities in the first half, a defensive battle left the teams scoreless. The Rams’ first major chance came nine minutes into the game. Doud, driving on the outside, passed the ball into sophomore center midfielder Sydney Benda, who passed it on to Graves. Graves maneuvered past the Bucs’ formidable defense, but her shot on goal was kicked away by Grand Haven goalkeeper Katie Malnight. The Bucs peppered Rockford keeper Kristin Darby with three shots in a two-minute stretch late in the first half, but the four-year starter answered the call, leaving the scoreboard empty after 40 minutes of play.   The Rams came out on fire in the second half, but the Bucs got the first goal when sophomore Alina Weykamp wound her way past the Rockford defense and sent the ball flying over Darby’s reach seven-and-a-half minutes into the half. Jenna Lysne put the visitors on the scoreboard three minutes later when she took a sweet pass from Britanni Pierce 20 yards out and sent it in low toward the left side of the net. The tie didn’t […]