Pine River soccer team seeking its first win

Pine River (left) and Gladwin players go after the ball in soccer action last week. (Herald Review/John Raffel)
Pine River (left) and Gladwin players go after the ball in soccer action last week. (Herald Review/John Raffel)

LEROY — Pine River was trailing Gladwin 7-0 at halftime last Thursday in boys soccer action and coach Jennifer Hoaglund decided to give her team some incentive to play better defense in the second half.

She mentioned the possibility of a very early morning practice if the play didn’t improve.

The Bucks still lost the game but played even with Gladwin at 0-0 in the second half.

Jacob Garafalow led Gladwin with four goals while Tyler Boylen, Devon Boylen and Kegan Hover had one apiece.

Mason Nash was the goalkeeper for Gladwin which is 5-0.

“We played well in the first half and got on them early,” said Gladwin coach Jerome Smalley. “I had 27 players and wanted to play everybody. I’ll give them credit. It’s easy when you’re down to mail it in. They hung in there. I’ll give them credit. They played for 80 minutes.”

“Our goalie (Devaun Sims) had good saves and we had better communication,” Hoaglund said of the second half. “All in all, they played stronger. People are getting more comfortable with where they need to be and what they need to be doing.”

Manistee 7, Pine River 1

MANISTEE — The Chippewas sent a slew of shots Pine River’s way Monday evening, which translated to the scoreboard.

Cody McShane led the offensive outburst with a four-goal game, and teammate Caleb Brown finished with a goal and three assists, as Manistee cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Bucks.

“That whole first half left me speechless,” said Chippewa coach Rudy Guillen, whose team peppered Pine River with 14 shots on goal in the opening 40 minutes to set the tone.”

Manistee (2-7) jumped out to 4-0 lead at halftime and never looked back in their second victory of the season.

Pine River did a better job defensively down the stretch, and cut into the deficit with a goal at 24:47 in the second half as Schroeder Vanderhoof found the back of the net off the feed from Colton Rawson.

“The team always plays better the second half,” said Bucks coach Jennifer Hoaglund. “It just takes them a while to get into it. (We improved) the passing, communication, speed, a lot of things.”

Dylan Savela of the Pioneer News Network also contributed to this report.