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SOCCER: Big Rapids sophomore Jessica Kuenzel (28) dribbles the ball away from Reed City junior Samantha Finkbeiner (15) on Monday. The Cardinals won 8-0. (Courtesy photo/Sandra Larie)

SOCCER: Big Rapids sophomore Jessica Kuenzel (28) dribbles the ball away from Reed City junior Samantha Finkbeiner (15) on Monday. The Cardinals won 8-0. (Courtesy photo/Sandra Larie)

Big Rapids girls soccer downs rival Reed City 8-0; improves to 5-0

REED CITY — The Big Rapids varsity girls soccer team remained undefeated after an 8-0 victory over rival Reed City on Monday.

“Our team did what was asked of them,” Big Rapids coach Curt Ray said. “They didn’t go in there and try to take anything cheap, and it worked for what they put on the board. Each goal was well earned and organized, which is what we are looking for.”

The Cardinals are 5-0.

Despite Reed City’s 1-4 record, Ray didn’t want his team to take them lightly, focusing on execution.

“We knew they were having a tough year,” Ray said. “But we were still specific on what we wanted (our team) to do as far as offense and defense. We just wanted to make sure they played a clean game.”

Big Rapids striker Hannah Davis scored two goals on seven shots, bringing her season total to a team-high nine. Leah Morningstar also scored twice and had two assists.

Jenna Buck, Ashley Vissers, Abby Woodruff and Kaitlyn Ray each scored one goal. Buck and Grace White tallied two assists apiece.

“We focused on having them execute on the field, and they did,” Ray said. “I think the girls saw they could take advantage of Reed City’s defense, so they started connecting on some runs. We told them we wanted them to go through the motions, and I think they did that.”

Ray believes fixing the “little things” will help the team exponentially down the road.

“We  have a very talented team, and assistant coach Don Zimmer and I are very critical of them,” Ray said. “It’s those little things that if we clean up now are really going to shine at the end of the season, and going into the postseason.”

Zimmer, agrees the team still has aspects of its game which can be improved.

“Going forward, we are going to be working on some very specific things to make this team even a little bit better,” Zimmer said. “We are going to have to find some more
direct goals we want them to accomplish.”

Big Rapids hosts Lakeview at 6 p.m. on Thursday. The Cardinals then host Kent City at 6 p.m. on Monday before hosting Newaygo at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29.

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