Crossroads soccer team tops Clare 3-1

Crossroads’ Britton Angell (19) tries to get away from Clare’s Charles Helming. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS — A three-goal first half would be all the scoring Crossroad’s Charter Academy boys soccer team would need in Thursday’s home 3-1 victory over Clare.

Jake Hawley scored for Clare early in the second half. The Pioneers are 2-9.

“We brought some younger guys up because we’re having some injury issues,” Clare coach Doug Helming said. “People are sore, and we have a tournament Saturday so I want to give guys playing time. They played well and had good chances up front. They play better than their record.”

Crossroads is 3-7-1.

“They have some good players in the mid,” Helmling said. “They played well today. It was a much better second half than first half. That’s what they work on, getting better from game to game.”’

Crossroads had 25 total shots with 12 in the first half and 13 in the second. Clare had eight shots.

The first goal for Crossroads was kicked in inadvertently by Clare.

“Britton Angell had a corner to Ethan Davis for a header which was a beautiful combination,” CCA coach Josh Yurick said. “You couldn’t ask for more. The next one was a quick counter attack and it was Dawson Soller from Brit Angel.

“We’ve been shifting and relocating people to see if we can work out some kinks before districts,” Yurick said. “We’ve beaten Clare there and at home. The guys are communicating better, the passing is improving and the teamwork is improving. Those are all good signs.”

CCA is at Houghton Lake on Friday.

VOLLEYBALL

Brethren 3, CCA 0

CCA took on Brethren at Brethren on Thursday, but weren’t able to hold their streak and lost in three sets: 25-19, 27-25, 25-15. The team couldn’t seem to find a rotation that worked well together and had moments of ups and downs throughout all three sets. They came together at the end of the second match, but couldn’t hold the lead. Jada Meeuwes held the front row together with six kills, Samantha Taylor and Natalie Chapman kept CCA in serve receive: Taylor with six digs and Chapman with four. Meeuwes, Taylor and Chapman all played a strong back row game. Each with 17 perfect passes. Kenzie Cole was the heart of the team with three aces, 17 digs, over 40 sets, and seven assists for the night.

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