Pine River soccer shows improvement

LEROY – Jenny Hoaglund took over a Pine River soccer team that had struggled for wins in past seasons but enjoyed more success this fall.

Hoaglund, who was hired over the summer, coached the team to six wins this season and had one player, Eric Martin, a utility player, who was included on the all-Northern Michigan Soccer League first team.

Three Pine River players earned honorable mention honors from the conference with Cuyler Huffman, at center/forward, Schroeder Vanderhoef at right swing and Larry Kissinger on defense.

“I was very pleased with the team,” Hoaglund said. “I had a great group of young men and women. They came  together as a team. It was a good season.”

For the third season, Martin had 12 goals and 13 assists while Nate Millen added 23 goals and three assists, Vanderhoef netted nine goals and nine assists and Jesse Gingrich added eight goals and eight assists.

Martin also saw action as goalkeeper along with Josh Gostlin.

“Considering this was his first year, Josh did a nice job when he was in there,” Hoaglund said.

Kissinger drew praise from his coach for strong defensive play.

“If it wasn’t for Larry, we would have had a lot more shots at our net,” Hoaglund said. “He was a strong defensive player. Cole Gingrich also did a good job on defense. They work well together.”