Crossroads girls soccer scores two goals in final 18 minutes to down Clare

COUGARS: Crossroads Charter Academy’s Logan Atchison (right) attempts to beat out Clare’s Sam Gray (left) to the ball on Tuesday. The Cougars won 2-0. (Pioneer photo/Ryan Zuke)

COUGARS: Crossroads Charter Academy’s Logan Atchison (right) attempts to beat out Clare’s Sam Gray (left) to the ball on Tuesday. The Cougars won 2-0. (Pioneer photo/Ryan Zuke)

BIG RAPIDS — Crossroads Charter Academy girls soccer coach Sarah Cook challenged her team at halftime on Tuesday to increase its ball possession to generate more offensive chances.

The Cougars accepted the challenge, scoring two goals in the final 18 minutes to cement a 2-0 victory over visiting Clare.

CCA was searching for more offense after being shutout in two straight games against McBain Northern Michigan Christian last week. Junior Lydia Bennett ended a long scoring drought in the 62nd minute, firing a shot over an out-stretched Clare goalkeeper.

“It was really awesome for us,” Bennett said of the win. “We really wanted it and really pushed. Coach always tells me to turn, look and shoot, and that’s what I did. I was pretty confident it was going to go in. She (the goalkeeper) put her hands up, and it went right over her hands.”

Freshman Haylee Worrall gave the Cougars (4-4-1, 3-4 Northern Michigan Soccer League) a 2-0 lead in the final two minutes, scoring off a cross from senior Miranda Carlson.

“The good thing is we always improve as the game goes on,” Cook said. “Even if it is a little shaky at the start, they always get better as we go. That’s encouraging in a game, but also, a win is always good for team morale.”

Carlson made five saves in net before moving to forward. She injured her wrist a few games ago and aggravated it Tuesday. Trinity Murray took over in goal and made three saves.

“Our defense did really well,” Bennett said. “Zakiah Hashimi stepped up a ton and got to the ball every time. We communicated well and did everything we should have done.”

The Cougars also defeated the Pioneers 1-0 earlier this season. They host Roscommon on Friday.

SPORTS BRIEFS

VARSITY BASEBALL

Chippewa Hills 11-9, Tri County 2-2

HOWARD CITY — RJ Simon had a big day on the mound and at the plate to lead the Warriors on Tuesday.

He struck out three in seven innings to win Game 1, and had two hits. In the nightcap, he added two more hits, including a RBI double.

Austin Young had three hits, including a double and three RBIs in Game 2, while Cole Dangler had a double and two RBIs. Cade Schafer had two hits in Game 1, while Andrew Vinton had a double.

Cody Brown won the second game, striking out six in seven innings.

The Warriors (10-8, 4-2 CSAA Gold) play Friday at Central Montcalm.

VARSITY SOFTBALL

Morley Stanwood 18-17, White Cloud 6-1

WHITE CLOUD — Megan Sturgeon led the Mohawks with six hits and six runs scored combined on Tuesday.

Bethany Elenbaas won the opener and had five hits on the night. Taylor Maguire also had five hits, while Tayler Garver earned the win in the nightcap.

Morley Stanwood (9-7, 7-5 CSAA Silver) hosts Hesperia on Friday.

White Cloud 8-5, Morley Stanwood 7-4

WHITE CLOUD — Tom Carey led the Mohawks with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored in the opener, while Dayne Edgerly had two hits and two runs scored.

Jason Ambler doubled and drove in a run in the nightcap, while Landon Elenbaas had two hits and a run scored.

Morley Stanwood (9-7, 8-4 CSAA Silver) host Hesperia on Friday.

VARSITY GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD

Morley Stanwood 97, Holton 34

HOLTON — The Mohawks took first in 13 events on Tuesday.

Winners were: Destiny Haight in pole vault (6-3), 100 hurdles (20.8) and 300 hurdles (58.8); Ataya Kailing in shot put (31-5) and discus (98-1); Trisha Bennet in long jump (12-5); Alyssa Rodriguez-Hughes in the 100 (15.9); Chanse Davy in the 400 (1:13); Brooke Huested in the 200 (29.5); and Mariana Maturen in the 3,200 (15:29).

Morley Stanwood’s 400, 800 and 1,600 relay teams also placed first.

VARSITY BOYS TRACK AND FIELD

Morley Stanwood 117, Holton 18

HOLTON — The Mohawks remained undefeated in the CSAA Silver with the victory Tuesday. They face Kent City next week in a battle of two undefeated teams in the conference.

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Posted by Ryan Zuke

Ryan is the sports editor for the Big Rapids Pioneer, covering local prep sports and Ferris State athletics. He can be contacted at (231) 592-8363 or rzuke@pioneergroup.com.

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