Big Rapids soccer overcomes weather delay to tally 8-0 win against Lakeview

Three Cardinals score two goals apiece in 8-0 rout of Lakeview

BIG RAPIDS — The Big Rapids boys soccer team overcame sloppy conditions and a weather delay of almost 40 minutes to defeat Lakeview, 8-0, on Monday at Big Rapids High School.

GOAL: Big Rapids’ Jimmy Morningstar (3) gets past Lakeview goalie Tristan Taylor (left) to score a goal for the Cardinals at Big Rapids High School on Monday night. (Pioneer photos/Daine Pavloski)

GOAL: Big Rapids’ Jimmy Morningstar (3) gets past Lakeview goalie Tristan Taylor (left) to score a goal for the Cardinals at Big Rapids High School on Monday night. (Pioneer photos/Daine Pavloski)

The Wildcats started with a few offensive opportunities, but Big Rapids goalie Ryan Mackall, along with a save by Brad Walling on a corner kick, kept the score at 0-0 early on.

After the Cardinals kept the Wildcats at bay early, Mason Gifford found the back of the net on an assist from Scott Vander Sloot to give Big Rapids a 1-0 lead.

“You’ve just got to be in the right place and always be open,” Gifford said. “I just try to find open spots and make good runs. It’s not hard to do, I’m just trying to go hard.”

Jimmy Morningstar added to the lead as he showed off his fancy footwork and maneuvered past Lakeview goalie Tristan Taylor to score his first goal of the night, giving the Cards a 2-0 advantage heading into halftime.

During the halftime break, the skies darkened and less than two minutes into the second half of play, a bright crack of lightning broke the sky and a torrential downpour started which postponed the game, as per MHSAA rules.

“It was hard mentally to get back out and get in the right mindset,” Gifford said. “It was difficult for us, but we got through it pretty well and we came out pretty strong.”

After a solid torrent of rain the skies cleared and, after teams took shelter in the high school for almost 40 minutes, the game resumed.

“I was happy with the way we came out of the break there,” Big Rapids coach Justin Fox said. “We responded quite well.”

The Cardnials came out firing after the delay, with Vander Sloot scoring two goals in a row on Nate Davis, who made the switch to goalkeeper after Taylor collided with Big Rapids’ Garrett Garner in the first half.

With a 4-0 lead, Big Rapids wasn’t finished offensively as crisp ball movement sent a pass from Mark Wissink to Gifford. Davis made the stop initially, but Gifford finished on the rebound for his second goal of the night to make it 5-0.

“Mason is putting himself in a good spot and he finds himself in the right spot and that’s what you need from a goal scorer,” Fox said. “He just weasels his way on in there real well and finds himself in good places.”

The Cardinals piled on to the lead on a long cross from Walling to Caleb Newlin, who finished with a header, to push the lead to six goals for the home team.

Morningstar and Garner each added goals in the last 10 minutes to end the contest early in the form of an 8-0 mercy-rule win for Big Rapids.

The Cardinals return to action on Wednesday at home against Kent City.

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