Pine River soccer team falls in district contest

MAKING A PLAY: Pine River's Eric Martin goes after the ball against Grant. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)
MAKING A PLAY: Pine River's Eric Martin goes after the ball against Grant. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

LEROY – Pine River struck first but Grant countered more often in Monday’s Division 3 district boys soccer action.

The result was a 4-2 Tiger victory that ends Pine River’s season and puts Grant in Wednesday’s quarterfinal round.

Adan Ochoa scored two goals to lead the Tigers’ attack.

Grant is now 3-11-2.

Schroeder Vanderhoof scored off a rebound early in the first half to give the Bucks a 1-0 lead. Eric Martin drew the assist.

But Ochoa fired in the tiebreaker with 2:30 left in the half.

“We needed to get things to work a little better for us, but it is what it is,” said Pine River coach Jenny Hoaglund. “We didn’t play our A game and we needed our A game.”

Ochoa was joined by Juan Espinoza and Joel Barajas in the scoring department in the second half. Nate Millen scored for Pine River, assisted by Cuyler Huffman.

“We played strong as a team and had good counterattacks and good overall possession of the ball,“ said Grant coach Marcelo Santana. “The second half, they wanted it. The first half, we started out a little timid and a little apprehensive. The second half, they showed confidence and really responded as a team.”

Cody Swanson had 10 saves as the winning goalkeeper.

“We started out strong,” Vanderhoof said. “In the second half, they had more control. We got some yellow cards and key players went out.”

Josh Gostlin played goal for the Bucks.

“Josh Gostlin had several saves on the night allowing three goals,” Hoaglund said. “Eric Martin went in for Josh in the second half and had seven saves allowing one goal.

“Larry Kissinger had a great night on defense while Cole Gingrich also had some amazing saves. Our offense struggled to place the ball in the net, although they kept the pressure on Grant all evening.”

It was Hoaglund’s first season as coach.

“We missed a lot of shots that should have gone in but didn’t,” Hoaglund said. “I thought we had a pretty good season. It was a decent record and they did well. We’d like to be playing Wednesday (in the semifinals) and on Saturday in the finals. It is what it is. We’ll start working on next year as soon as we can.”