LEROY — Brad Holmes is expecting to grow into the goalkeeper position for the Pine River Bucks.

So far so good.

It was a rough start for Holmes in an 8-0 loss to Mason County Central in the season opener.

“It was not perfect, but I think I did OK,” Holmes said. “I need to talk more with my teammates and recognize what the other team is going to do.”

Holmes wants to improve on anticipating where the ball is going and also on his kicking abilities.

Connor Hoaglund, another Pine River player, encouraged Holmes to try out for the team.

“One of the soccer alumni came to a practice and told me, ‘Hey, you’d make a good goalie,” Holmes recalled. “I tried it out, I liked it and he worked with me.”

The season goes until October and Holmes hopes to be more comfortable at the position.

“This is my first year ever so I hope to keep improving,” he said.

Holmes played football in middle school and still plays baseball and basketball.

“Soccer is very fun, and there’s a lot of running involved,” he said. “There’s a lot of good kids on the team. It’s a really good atmosphere.”

Pine River plays at Clare on Thursday.