Big Rapids girls soccer team rolls past Grant in 7-0 victory

Big Rapids’ Josie Sanders gets set to kick the ball. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS — It was junior Leah Alley’s turn to have a big scoring night.

Alley scored three goals in Big Rapids 7-0 win over Grant in Monday’s Central State Activities Association girls match.

The Cardinals were up 4-0 at halftime.

“We were impressed with the girls intensity, come right out and come right after them,” Big Rapids coach Curt Ray said. “We had some girls out with concussions. Offensively, we had a lot of great opportunities.”

Alley had three goals while Leah Morningstar, Kaitlyn Ray, Vallery Seay and Selena Wright had one apiece.

Halle Stork was again the winning goalie.

“Leah Alley has come on strong,” Ray said, “Leah Morningstar is on the wing. She did a great job. Our middle players are technically sound. Maddi Martin, who has speed and is quick is just a sophomore. We’re hoping to groom her.”

Alley also had a hat trick last season.

“I think we played really well as a team, today,” Alley said. “My teammates set me up really well and I had the opportunity to score. I can finish.”

The Cardinals are 6-0.

“We work hard and play well as a team,” Alley said.

Friday’s game at Tri County will be a major test, she added.

“It will take a lot of hard work and playing together,” Alley said.

“We’ve been playing hard enough to win against weaker teams,” assistant coach Don Zimmer said. “Tri County is usually our (main) competition.”

Big Rapids plays at Reed City on Wednesday.

Chippewa Hills 1, Newaygo 0

REMUS — Jessalyn Justice’s second-half goal lifted the Warriors to victory on Monday night.

Isabel Bitler made seven saves to get the shutout.

“It was a hard-fought battle,” head coach Brad Gandy said. “We 22 shots on goal but had a hard time getting it in the back of the net.”

Chippewa Hills (2-4 in CSAA play) hosts Tri County on Wednesday.

SOFTBALL

Crossroads wins 2

BIG RAPIDS — Crossroads defeated Walkerville 21-3 and 15-0 in West Michigan D League action on Monday. The Cougars compiled 21 hits in the first game. Hannah Curtis and Bethany Curtis had four hits apiece. They both had home runs. McKenzie Cole was solid on the mound. Crossroads had 12 walks in the second game and Maddie Albert had two hits.

Cole had another strong pitching game.

BOYS GOLF

Big Rapids golf 9th in Invite

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids golf team, was ninth on Monday in the Oakland Hills Invitational at Bloomfield Hills.

Fletcher Bolda shot a 77 for the Cardinals, followed by Owen Seay with a 78, Pierce Morrissey with 81, Ben Fath with 83 and Elliot Seay with 94.

Big Rapids had a 320. Grosse Pointe South won with 292.

Big Rapids is at Fremont today.

GIRLS TENNIS

Ludington beats Big Rapids 6-2

BIG RAPIDS — The Cardinals dropped a tough match to the orioles 6-2.

No. 1 singles player Eden Short won her match 6-1, 5-7, 10-5 and No. 1 doubles team Katherine Langell/ Olivia Sanders won 6-4, 6-1. No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles move to 10-0 on the year.

Big Rapids hosts Mount Pleasant on Tuesday.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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