Pine River scores early and often in 10-3 win over Fife Lake Forest Area

LEROY — The goals lit up the scoreboard for the Pine River Bucks in a 10-3 Northern Michigan Soccer Conference victory over Fife Lake Forest Area on Monday. The Bucks built a 3-0 lead in the first half on goals by Eric Martin, Nate Millen and Schroeder Vanderhoof. But the Warriors closed it to 3-2 with two goals by Tyler Leffew, including his second one which came with 4.4 seconds left before halftime. Millen scored two more goals within the first five minutes of the second half, including one on a breakaway, to put his team in command. Pine River put on a 5-0 run the rest of the way. “We played very well,” Millen said. “We got some kids that have never scored before to score (Monday).” Schroeder and Millen had three goals apiece while Martin added two and Reese Lloyd and Zack Wagner contributed one apiece for the Bucks. “For the most part, and anyone of my forwards are getting an opportunity (to score) and are doing a good job,” said Pine River coach Jenny Hoaglund. Scott Burke and Josh Gostlin were among the goalkeepers for the Bucks. “It was definitely passing and a lot of teamwork,” said Millen, who has 16 goals this season, compared to three he notched last year. “I think coaching has a lot to do with it. But we’ve practiced harder than in past years. It’s definitely a team effort.” Pine River, 4-8-2, is home Thursday against Gladwin and at Benzie Central on Friday. “They’re doing very well. We continue to grow and continue to improve,” Hoaglund said. “We’re continuing to work on playing a fundamental game.”
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