Cardinals shut out Kent City for home fans

BIG RAPIDS — Taking to their home pitch and defending it with precision once again were the Big Rapids Cardinals in their 4-0 conference victory over Kent City.

With the win, the Cardinals’ record now stands at 6-2-1 (3-0).

Just as they did in their previous victory in front of home supporters, the Cardinals quickly dictated the flow of the game, comfortably passing the ball in their own territory and waiting for a seam reveal itself.

The result of this gameplan proved to be an effective one, as it allowed Big Rapids to establish a tempo early in the game that Kent City could not keep up with for 80 minutes.

After the game, Big Rapids coach Justin Fox said getting the shutout in the conference matchup was perfect.

“That’s what we shoot for; we want to get a shutout,” Fox said. “We need to keep up and keep pace with the guys that are also toward the top. We want to be there.”

Senior Ben Carroll delivered two goals to the Big Rapids tally, scoring them both within a brief five-minute span early in the game.

Fellow senior Jonah Hengesbach also scored and sophomore Aden Herron found the back of the net as well in the winning effort.

Riding out this current successful streak of results, Big Rapids is unbeaten in home matches since Aug. 19 and has not lost in general since Aug. 21.

During this span, the Cardinals are out-scoring their opponents 23-9 and do not show any signs of slowing down as conference play continues.

“We’re still working on how we can mesh, which is good because most of the guys know one another really well,” Fox said. “We finally have a chance to catch our breath and start working as a team.”

The Cardinals will travel to take on the Manistee Chippewas for their next game kicking off at 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 12.

Big Rapids was triumphant over Manistee in both of their meetings last season, breezing past the Chippewas by a 6-2 goal differential in two games.

Big Rapids senior Thomas Crandell eyes the ball during Tuesday’s 4-0 victory over Kent City at Big Rapids High School. (Pioneer Photo/Joe Judd)

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