Crossroads battles Brethren to 0-0 tie

Crossroads’ Katelyn Donley (13) battles Brethren’s Kayla Conrad (2) for the ball. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS — Brethren and Crossroads Charter Academy were finally able to see outdoor girls soccer action on Thursday and battled to a 0-0 tie at Ferris State University’s South Athletic Complex.

Both teams had their chances late in regulation. In the final minute, CCA sophomore Jada Meeuwes had the ball for a shot a the net but the ball went wide. It was Brethren’s first game of the season and the second for Crossroads (1-0-2). Both teams are in the Northern Michigan Soccer League.

“For our first game coming up this season, they did pretty well,” Brethren coach Krystal Magee said. “We came out a little slow and tired in the beginning. At the second half, we definitely perked up. But we also had the wind at our advantage in the second half which would make everyone perk up.”

CCA beat Mason County Eastern 6-0 at home earlier this season.

“We were just glad to get on the field,” CCA coach Sara Cook said. “We were evenly matched with Brethren.”

Trinity Murray was CCA’s keeper.

“The first half was very evenly matched with possession,” Cook said. “The wind was blowing hard across the field making it difficult to use the whole field. We had six shots on goal in the first half, two of which hit the posts and bounced out. The second half, Brethren possessed the ball more. We still had several offensive attacks but could not put the ball on frame or in the back of the net.

“Trinity Murray, and her defense recorded their second shut out of the season. She ended the night with 13 saves. Freshman Allie Angell played very well at center midfield. She played with intensity and really helped control the center of the field. Our defense is improving and starting to stand strong. Offensively, we are looking to possess the ball through the final third of the field and score goals.”

Brethren had two goalkeepers with Megan Cordes, also a power forward in the first half, and main goalie Kennedy Smith in the second half.

“Overall, I was happy,” Magee said.

Brethren plays Ogema Heights at home on Tuesday.

Big Rapids has a home tournament on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., if field conditions allow. The Cougars will play five games with each one having 25-minute halves.


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

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