Kaden Kocin scored two goals to lead North to a key 2-0 win at Madison on Tuesday.
With the win, the Rangers improved to 9-3-2 overall and 4-1-1 in Western Reserve Conference play.
“We just needed to have a positive attitude going into the game and no matter what happens we had to play as a team and not individuals,” Kocin said of rebounding from a tough 1-0 loss on Saturday. “That’s what we did and we came out with a huge win.”
That win kept the Rangers tied with Riverside for first place in the WRC. A win over Brush on Oct. 7 and North would clinch at least a share of the league title.
Kocin scored his first goal on a tap-in near the net and the second was set up by Luka Dedic.
“The keeper could have come out and saved it, but I wanted the ball in the net and it happened,” he said of his first goal. The second goal was a good pass by Luka and I chipped it into the back of the net.”
While the Rangers are excited about the opportunity they have to win the WRC, they’re also hoping to make some noise in the postseason.
“I’m really confident that we are prepared for playoffs,” Kocin said. “This is what we play for at the end of the day and we are all hungry for that state trophy and we will do whatever to get there. It’s going to take a lot of hard work, determination, and mostly heart. We play for the guy on the right and left of us and that’s how we will play always. That’s why our season was so successful because we played as a team and played with heart.”
The Rangers travel to Shaker Heights on Oct. 5 and close out the regular season at home against Brush two days later.