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Scoring a Victory: Hawks Defeat Wayland Union

Team Name Score
Forest Hills Eastern 1
Wayland Union 0

Thursday night, the Forest Hills Eastern men’s varsity soccer team faced off against Wayland Union High School, winning 1-0. FHE also celebrated senior players Zach Elmouchi, Gavin Hanson, Sladen Van Andel, Josh Hay, Kallan Klaes, Demetrius Wingard, and team manager, Deni Tepic for the annual senior night. Students and families across the FHE community came out to both support our seniors and hype up the team for their game.

The first half of the game was rather uneventful when it came to scoring: many shots were taken from both teams, but they were promptly blocked by each team’s goalie. Additionally, many fouls were given out to both teams too, which were not appreciated by Eastern’s coaching staff, parents, or student section.

A member of the Wayland Union soccer team gets physical with Demetrius Wingard (’22) in an attempt to regain possession of the ball.

Just as the fans were beginning to lose hope that the FHE team would score, Tobi Thielman (‘24) kicked the game-winning goal with just under eight and a half minutes remaining in the second half.  The crowd erupted in cheers for Tobi and the team. Tobi’s goal secured the victory for the Hawks as the game ended in a 1-0 victory, serving as a vital win for the upcoming post-season tournaments. 

The team climbs up the railing to celebrate their victory with the student section.

This recent victory is contributing to the soccer team’s best season in recent years. While some may claim that their success comes from talent alone, the head coach, as well as the team captains chalk their success up to team chemistry. “I would say [that our team] chemistry has been better than previous seasons,” senior captain Zach Elmouchi stated. Zach then went on to add that “I think we’re all so close [with each other]. You can tell [that] everyone’s really committed to the team.” Head coach Scott Green also mentioned this, adding that “they don’t let things go. We play a pretty complicated brand of soccer, so the fact that [the players] stuck with it for all 80 minutes makes me happy. They trust the system, they don’t get down, they go in and they’re ready to play.”

Tobi Theilman (’24), Noah McGraw (’24), Cooper Jacobsen (’24), Cody Soet (’23), and Clune Van Andel (’23) relax together after the game on Thursday.

It is the team’s unparalleled chemistry and sense of community that gives them the confidence they will advance farther into the post-season than the team has in previous years. “[The team’s] chemistry is what will hopefully take us farther than last season,” stated Coach Green. The majority of the team also believes that their close-knit relationship with their teammates is what will help them be more successful in the play-offs.

The Hawk’s soccer team faces off against Kenowa Hills High School today at 6:30 p.m. and will play their final home game of the regular season Thursday night against Spring Lake High School.

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