Cougars make good first impression

Crossroads girls soccer clinches Northern Michigan Soccer League South Division title with win

BIG RAPIDS — Being the first year in the Northern Michigan Soccer League, Crossroads Charter Academy girls soccer coach Ross Meads wanted to make sure to make a good first impression.

The Cougars did just that.

CCA captured the South Division title on Tuesday afternoon with a 4-1 victory over McBain Northern Michigan Christian.

“I’m excited that we were able to come into the league and be competitive,” Meads said. “When we play other teams, they know they are going to have a good game.”

GET UP: Crossroads' Lina Lintemuth looks to kick the ball past a defender during Tuesday's soccer action. Crossroads won 4-1 to clinch the Northern Michigan Soccer League South Division title. (Pioneer photo/Bob Allan)

Despite not knowing many of the teams in the new league, winning the division was one of the goals, said junior Lina Lintemuth.

“We have all been working hard and it is nice to be rewarded for our hard work,” she said.

Lintemuth tallied the third goal of the contest on a penalty kick after the Comets were whistled for a handball in the box. Despite playing defense, it was Lintemuth’s third attempt at a penalty this season.

“I try to kick it to the opposite corner of the one the keeper cheats toward,” Lintemuth said.

Lintemuth’s goal with five minutes remaining in the first half was the culmination of what was a solid first half for the Cougars. Crossroads Charter Academy pinned McBain Northern Michigan Christian and generated plenty of chances.

The Cougars were finally able to break through 15 minutes into the match on a goal by Svenja Klaiss. Malory Carlson was able to take a throw-in and dribble it down half the field and fire a shot into the net for a 2-0 lead.

The Comets would get their only goal with less than three minutes remaining in the first half on a long shot by Allison Mentel.

“We played solid in the first half,” Meads said. “I’m a little disappointed not on the goal but by the fact we let her get the shot off.”

Going into the wind in the second half, Meads stressed to his team of continuing to play small ball — short passes from back to front.

That style of play paid off a little more than 13 minutes into the second half as Alyssa Larson went up the left side and sent a crossing pass that found Aburielle Angell, who sent the pass into the net for a 4-1 advantage.

“That is a textbook goal that I try to teach the girls,” Meads said.

By virtue of winning the South Division title, Crossroads Charter Academy will get a second chance at Cheboygan, which won the North Division title, on Tuesday, for the NMSL championship.

The Rayders defeated the Cougars 3-0 in Cheboygan earlier this season.

“I’m excited also too have to have another chance at Cheboygan and determine first in the whole league,” Meads said.

Crossroads Charter Academy is in action Friday when it hosts Gladwin.

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