Big Rapids Crossroads fall to Pine River 5-0 in the heat

Playing with no subs, the Cougars could not contain Pine River

LEROY—The heat was too much for the shorthanded Cougars at Pine River, where they would fall 5-0 on Wednesday, Aug. 24 in boys soccer action.

The Big Rapids Crossroads Cougars showed some strength defensively, having to play 10 players throughout the evening.  The only goals Pine River could muster in the first 65 minutes of play came from Jordan Nelson, who scored twice in the first half. With about 15 minutes left in the second half, exhaustion began to catch up for the Cougars, and Pine River would score its final three goals in the final 14 minutes of play.

Head Coach Jerry Dailey talked about how having no subs exhausted the team while it played in the 80-plus degree weather. Each half had a water break at the halfway mark due to the heat.

"I know without having any subs we were down by one player technically. I know the guys felt a lot of heat, the humidity doesn't help," Dailey said. "I know they're out there, they're very frustrated, but they're trying really hard."

Goalkeeper Keegan Carnes for the Cougars had 10 saves against 15 shots.

"They were down by one but they still went out there and they try their hardest and they are still putting their full effort in and they still came out with their heads up." Dailey said.

With the loss, Crossroads fall to 0-2 on the season.

On the Pine River side, the Bucks scored their first win of the season. The night saw strong passing throughout the contest for Pine River, and head coach David Fisher explained how the team has been improving its passing lately.

"Our passing is getting much better," Fisher said. "They're starting to use more triangular passing, they're doing more through balls. They're just they're starting to mature into a much better team from the first game to now; probably 100 percent improvement."

Leading the charge was Jordan Nelson, who scored twice in the first half and played a part in the offensive onslaught in the second half. He explained how he uses his athleticism to make inroads on the opposing defense.

"Speed. You always pressure the ball," Nelson said. "So say somebody's running at it, you're going at it just as hard. If you think you have a chance, keep going. If you don't think you have a chance, slow down, absorb them to where you can take the ball. And if you have the ball, trying to think what they're going to do."

Others scoring goals for the Pine River Bucks were Carter Lewis, who also scored twice on the evening, and Raegen Wanstead. The Bucks are now 1-1 on the season.


Pine River 3, Harrison 0

HARRISON -- Pine River traveled to Harrison and won 3-0 on Wednesday 25-19,25-19, 25-19.

"We served very aggressive tonight and played as a team," Pine River coach Jana Dennis said. "This was a good win tonight. It was a whole team effort. This is the first step in the right direction."

Pine River is 2-2 and home with Ludington and Benzie on Aug. 31.