Pine River’s soccer season ends after overtime loss

LEROY — It was a much closer game compared to the last time Pine River and Forest Area-Fife Lake played each other in boys soccer.

But Monday's home Division 4 district first-round game still didn't go Pine River's way in a 2-1 overtime loss.

Forest Area defeated Pine River, 6-0, on Thursday in the regular-season finale for the Bucks.

"Our kids played as a team," Pine River coach Jenny Hoaglund said after Monday's game. "They played like they should have been all season long."

The Warriors had the only first-half goal when Alex Birgy converted for the early 1-0 lead.

But the Bucks hung tough and got the tying goal from Zachary Underhill just 1:02 into the second half after an offensive rush at the net.

Pine River had plenty of chances to take the lead. Colten Rawson fired a shot midway in the half and the ball hit the top of the net while almost going in. Anna Lindquist's shot moments later went wide.

Douglas Connor relieved Lucas Harris in the net and held the Warriors at bay while regulation ended.

"They were working together, they were communicating," Hoaglund said. "They were doing a lot of things we work on at practice and I see them do well at practice. We just hadn't figured out how to do it the right way in a game yet. Everything clicked tonight."

The contest then entered two 10-minute overtimes. With 3:28 left in the second overtime, Birgy fired a shot in the net for his second goal of the game. The Bucks were unable to come back in the remaining time.

"We had a band competition (Monday) and we're missing some players," Forest Area coach Eric Szymchack said. "We only had one sub. Most of our players played without a break. I'm proud of that."

Forest Area (3-16) now plays a district semifinal game at home with Leland on Wednesday. The season ends at 0-14 for Pine River.

"Both teams played hard," Szymchack said. "(Fortunately), we came out on top."