BIG RAPIDS \u2014\u00a0Even playing shorthanded, the Crossroads Charter Academy boys soccer team proved it can still be pretty good. With two starters out and several other players moved to fill the void, the Cougars made it look easy in recording a 7-1 victory over Pine River on Tuesday. Crossroads Charter Academy will be without forward Andrew Duddles for the rest of the season due to an ACL injury. Sweeper Justin Thorne was held out due to a back injury, though he could have been pressed into service if needed. There was no need. \u201cI saw a couple of line-ups that I liked and I\u2019ll take into next week,\u201d Crossroads coach Ross Meads said. The changes resulted in one of the best goals Meads has seen in some time. With the Cougars already sporting a 3-0 lead, Bruno Santos grabbed control of the ball and came into Pine River box when he was stopped by a pair of defenders. Santos, however, slipped a pass through the Bucks to an open Leonel Partida, who fired the ball into the net for a 4-0 advantage with just under 14 minutes remaining in the first half. \u201cWe didn\u2019t move the ball as well as I would have liked (Friday) and that concerned me,\u201d Meads said. \u201cWe made some adjustments and I think that is a sign of a mature team, a team that can move to new positions and adapt.\u201d The Cougars took a 5-0 lead with six minutes remaining in the half as Kyle Goben scored after deflecting a clearing kick by the Bucks. While the rest of the scoring came from the usual suspects \u2014 two each by Caleb Bennett, Santos and Partida \u2014 the Cougars had other chances by those whose name doesn\u2019t get in the scorebook. Jack Aksorn Temi Fadayomi and Canyon Butler all generated chances, but came up empty. \u201cSoccer is a funny game in that it takes 11 guys, but there aren\u2019t stats like there are in other sports,\u201d Meads said. \u201cIn football, there are tackles and sacks and it is easy to get on the stat sheet. \u201cIn soccer there really is keeper saves, goals and assists,\u201d he continued. \u201cThose guys worked their tails off, but don\u2019t have anything to show for it, but it is still nice to see them get chances.\u201d Trailing 7-0, Pine River finally got on the board as Eric Martin scored with two minutes remaining in the contest for the final outcome. \u201cWe didn\u2019t communicate as well as we have,\u201d Pine River coach Jenny Hoaglund said. \u201cBut we played hard all the way to the end.\u201d Crossroads Charter Academy is in action Thursday when it travels to Pentwater. The Bucks are in action next week in the Northern Michigan Soccer League crossover contest.