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Saying “See You Later” to Soccer Seniors

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Source: Boys Varsity Soccer Team
Forest Hills High School Boys Varsity Soccer Team

The Forest Hills Rangers closed out their remarkable season in grand style with a resounding 7-0 victory over the Franklin Lane Knights. This decisive win marks the tenth and final game of the season, solidifying the Rangers’ undefeated status and earning them a well-deserved spot at the top of the standings and the playoffs.

The match, which was held on our home turf, showcased the incredible talent and teamwork that has defined the Forest Hills Rangers throughout the season. It was a game for the record books as Hugo Noguera, the standout striker of the team, displayed his scoring prowess by netting three goals and providing an assist. His performance was nothing short of exceptional and contributed significantly to the Rangers’ triumph.

In addition to Noguera’s hat-trick, the Rangers’ other scorers made their mark on the match. Joshua Gulkarov, Josua Banegas, Juan Londono, and Lorenzo Arzan all contributed a goal each, illustrating the depth of talent within the team. The Rangers played with remarkable cohesion and determination, and it was evident that each player was fully committed to the team’s success.

Principal Wilbur, an enthusiastic attendee of the match told The Beacon, “I’m impressed by how fast the pace is. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the team this close. I’m thrilled that they’re winning 3-0, and they are undefeated, so go Rangers!” When asked about the seniors, he shared his appreciation, stating, “Thank you for all you’ve done to keep the spirit up, for all of your energy, and for representing Forest Hills.”

Coach Hovsepian was equally thrilled with the team’s performance, commenting, “we pretty much dominated the game. These guys are a special group; they work really well together. They’ve been doing it all season, and today they just ended on a good note and on a high note, so hopefully we can carry this into the playoffs and see some success.”

He also had words of encouragement for the departing seniors, saying, “I love them all. I wish them all the best, all the success. They’ve been great role models for the younger classmen, and I hope that every year we have the same style, attitude, and character.”

These seniors, who are graduating this year, took a moment to offer words of advice and inspiration to their underclassmen teammates. Ramiro Zambrano advised, “Follow your heart and don’t let anyone take that away from you.”

Hamza Shaikh stressed the importance of consistent practice, noting, “Good players practice until they get it right. Great players practice so they never get it wrong.”

Joshua Sawney encouraged underclassmen to make the most of their high school experience, saying, “Play your heart out. You make a lot of friends, you make family. If you’re not playing any sports, just do your best. Try hard at school, work, join some clubs. In high school we’ve only got like four years, and those four years go by really quick, so appreciate the people that you have and make the best out of what you do.”

These heartfelt messages from the departing seniors will serve as a source of inspiration for future Rangers, reminding them of the values of teamwork, dedication, and passion that have defined this successful season. As we bid farewell to these senior leaders and celebrate their incredible achievements with the Forest Hills Rangers, the torch is now passed to the underclassmen, who can draw inspiration from the wisdom and experience of their departing teammates.

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Nicolas Gauna
Nicolas Gauna, Sports Section Editor
Nicolas is a senior at Forest Hills High School and a Sports Editor for The Beacon. He enjoys playing and watching soccer, listening to music, watching movies and going to art galleries. Nicolas’ favorite part about The Beacon is being able to learn more about the school’s culture.
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