Pine River sweeper posts unique season

Fisher helps team in various ways, including scoring

Lukas Fisher



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LEROY – Pine River last month completed one of its best boys soccer seasons in recent years and among the reasons was the play of Lukas Fisher.

Fisher was a senior sweeper for the Bucks. His coach was his dad David Fisher.

He had six goals from a defender’s position and  forced over 15 offsides per game, four saves per game. He made the 2021 All Northern Michigan Soccer Conference First Team. He was a team co-captain.

“As team leader he was in charge on the field,” Dave Fisher said. “He exhibited excellent mental toughness. He had the ability to stay focused, and had the determination, competitive spirit, and had the ability to perform well under pressure. He ran a defense that averaged over 15 offsides per game limiting the opponents’ offensive attack.

“Luke was our all-around utility guy taking the bulk of our corner kicks, indirect kicks, direct kicks, and penalty kicks. In addition to successfully running our defense, he played a big role in moving the ball up the field, when called upon, which
resulted in six goals. His speed was a great asset that helped his effectiveness in keeping the ball away from the goal. Luke’s ability to know where to be helped frustrate our opponents’ forwards and help our other defensemen in finding their mark; this also helped him average four saves a game.”

Fisher has been with the program three years with Pine River and said tis was his best one. He has played soccer since second grade.

“My main position is defense but I do wind up going up the field,” he said. “I have pretty good foot skills. I wind up getting people open.”

Fisher plays basketball and runs track.

“I like soccer,” he said. “I like the team we have here.”