Big Rapids boys soccer shuts out Kent City 3-0

Big Rapids’ James Hundersmarck (15) battles for posession of the ball during Monday’s game against Kent City. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — The Big Rapids boys soccer team took care of business by defeating Kent City 3-0 at home on Monday.

“It’s always nice to get a shutout,” head coach Justin Fox said. “They definitely had some good firepower so we knew we had to defend well. It took us a while to possess and get the ball forward and generate some chances.

“They were blocking our shots quite a bit and playing some real solid defense. They definitely didn’t make it easy on us.”

The game was scoreless for the majority of the first half until junior midfielder Owen Seay broke through Kent City’s defense and scored with an assist from James Hundersmarck with 24 seconds remaining to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.

The Cardinals would find more scoring opportunities in the second half. Mason Gifford fired in a goal at the 24:07 mark to give his team a 2-0 lead. Owen Seay fired a kick that sailed the ball over the keeper’s reach and into the net for his second goal of the evening and the game’s final goal.

“It was awesome,” Seay said. “It was good coming off the weekend. We didn’t play as well as we wanted to. To come back today and win a conference game was really good.”

“He didn’t try to do too much but he tried to do everything he could,” Fox said. “He’s in a position where he’s a play maker. He’s got to be a facilitator and he did a good job today.”

Jackson Lund turned in a solid performance in his first game back from injury to earn the shutout.

The Cardinals (7-5, 4-1) face Newaygo at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Newaygo.

“This win gets us ready for Newaygo on Wednesday,” Seay said. “That’s always tough and we have Grant after that. We need those two wins for conference.”

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