The Forest Hills Northern Junior Varsity girls improved their season record to 3 wins and 2 losses with a 2-0 shutout of Fruitport on Saturday as part of the Husky Soccer Invitational at FHN Stadium. Despite cold and wet weather, the Huskies warmed up quickly with two goals in the first 10 minutes, then held on for the shutout win. Goalkeepers Lexie Sweat and Maddie Cross teamed up to earn the Huskies their second consecutive shutout after beating Belding 8-0 earlier in the week. All three of the JV wins have been shutouts.
Emily Kranitz put the Huskies up 1-0 as she finished a great crossing pass from Heather Bueche on a run up the right sideline. Bueche put the ball in the box as the Fruitport keeper was caught out of position and could only watch as Kranitz pounded the ball across the line. Less than three minutes later, sophomore forward, Caroline McCarthy gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead three at the 9:20 mark with a low hard shot into the corner of the Trojan’s net.
Other than a long shot off the cross bar near the end of the first half, Fruitport never really challenged Sweat in net. Several corners were shot wide or cleared out of the box harmlessly. While the sun came out briefly in the second half, neither team could generate many scoring chances in the last 35 minutes. Northern possessed the ball most of the second half and used their superior speed to keep the Trojans off-balance. FHN’s back line led by Morgan Dalm and Kara Smith were especially strong in shutting down Fruitport’s top scorer, Tara Champion throughout the game. The Trojans registered only one shot on keeper Maddie Cross in the second half. The game ended just as the rain started falling and coach Saylor’s squad had their third win and a big boost in confidence.
Up next for Northern is a key conference match against rival Cedar Springs. Both teams enter the game 2-0 in conference play.