Harris closes out Pine River soccer career

LEROY — Lucas Harris put the wraps on a  unique soccer season with Pine River when the Bucks lost 2-1 to Forest Area in a Division 4 district first-round game.

Harris, a senior, played various positions for the Bucks including forward and goalkeeper.

“My foot was bothering me at the beginning of the season,” he said. “So I focused on goalie.”

He later moved up the field and added some scoring production for the Bucks. But Harris indicated that keeper was his favorite position.

“I like it because you get a lot of action and you don’t have to run that much to be honest with you,” Harris said. “I’ve played decent. I’ve had good games and I’ve had some bad games.”

He’s had some games with close to 30 saves. Anticipating where the ball is going and using your reflexes is usually the key in being an effective goalie, he indicated.

In his second year of soccer, Harris figures he has gotten better. As a forward, he has four goals.

“I think it’s been decent,” he said. 

Harris, who is a key player in the winter for Pine River basketball and in the spring for baseball, notes that soccer helps him keep in shape and improves his footwork.

“Footwork has a lot of do with it,” he said, adding that he had also considered playing football. “But I didn’t want to get hurt for basketball and baseball.”

Harris showed good kicking abilities as a goalie.