Crossroads powers past Pine River, 8-1

LEROY — Crossroads Charter Academy found the scoring touch in a hurry Thursday night and romped to an 8-1 Northern Michigan Soccer League (NMSL) victory over Pine River.

Andy Duddles scored three of Crossroads’ goals and was credited for a fourth that was actually booted in accidentally by a Pine River player. Josh Scott had two goals.

The Cougars led 7-1 at halftime.

“It was better than we’ve seen based on communication and based on them working together as a team which makes sense,” Crossroads coach Josh Yurick said. “I was proud of my older guys getting an opportunity to mentor some of my younger players and the fact that they played with dignity and class.”

Brooks Angell and Joseph Balanda also scored for Crossroads. Balanda scored the only goal of the second half with 33:54 left in the game on a penalty kick. The winners had a 24-7 shots advantage.

Duddles now has six goals this season.

“He’s a seasoned player, he gets his goals,” Yurick said. “I was proud of Josh Scott. We’ve been working with him to find the back of the net. I’m proud of those guys and also my senior goalkeeper Joseph Balanda, who was able to get one on the board.”

Pine River keepers, which included Douglas Connor and Colten Rawson in the half and Lucas Harris in the second, combined for eight saves.

Crossroads led 4-0 in the first half when Cole Gingrich scored the Bucks’ only goal of the game.

Crossroads is 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the league. The Bucks are 0-5 overall and 0-3 in the league.

“I told the kids there’s signs of greatness,” Pine River coach Jenny Hoaglund said. “Then there’s signs they don’t have a clue. We have to get it all to work together.”

Pine River is home with Houghton Lake Thursday.