Pine River opens soccer season Friday

(Herald Review photo/John Raffel)
(Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

LEROY -- Pine River’s soccer team will be putting some early-season tests starting this Friday when the Bucks are home against Mason County Eastern from Custer.

It will also be the debut of new Bucks’ Jenny Hoaglund, who met with her team last week to start the preseason.

The first practice drew about 15 players but Hoaglund is anticipating having around 20 on the squad.

“We have camp being run by an outside third party,” Hoaglund said, referring to a soccer coaching company. “It’s his to go over for the next couple of days.”

Systems and strategy hadn’t been discussed yet during the early part of the season, Hoaglund said.

No scrimmages were planned before the first game.

“We’re starting from the bottom up and I have to see what I have as far as talent and numbers to work with,” she said. “We’ll take it from there and go with it. I’ll be happy if we’re looking good (the first game). There’s a lot of good competition out there. There’s a lot of good schools with good programs. I hope we can build a good program here and be competitive.”

Mason County Eastern “has a very strong program and has a strong team,” Hoaglund said.

There will be no JV team for Pine River. About four girls will be playing on the varsity, Pine River does not have a girls team.