Pine River winding down soccer season

LEROY – Pine River is winding down its soccer season with hopes of finishing the year strong.

Aaron Justin is a senior defensive specialist for the Bucks.

The Bucks played at Ludington this past Tuesday in district action. They played Crossroads Academy of Big Rapids on Oct. 18 and lost 4-0.

“The last 10 minutes we kind of died out with our speed,” Justin said. “We’ve won just one but other than that it’s been fun. I feel that I’ve improved a lot. On corner kicks, I mark up my guy a lot better and always go up with him. I’m not afraid to challenge for the ball. I dribble a lot more so I can make a pass rather than just booting the ball.

Justin has been on the varsity four seasons.”

When the season’s done, Justin said he’ll look at doing an indoor sport.

Schroeder Vanderhoef is a sophomore who has been playing for two years on the varsity as a forward.

“Definitely there’s room for improvement. I feel better than last year,” he said. “I scored more goals. I feel more confident this year. My left foot, it’s something to work on for the offseason.”

Having just one win has been a disappointment, Vanderhoef admitted.

“I feel we’re playing better as a team as a whole and understanding team chemistry better. Overall, we feel better. Chemistry wise and understanding each other, it’s been a lot better. Ball control and passing has been better.”

The Bucks graduate four seniors this season.