Cardinals soccer beat Warriors 7-0

Big Rapids freshman Emily Morrone possesses the ball during Thursday’s game. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — Senior Night was a special one for the Big Rapids girls soccer team.

The Cardinals’ six seniors played their last regular season home game and came away with a 7-0 win over Chippewa Hills on Thursday.

“This is the last batch of girls that I’ve coached since they were eight, nine years old,” head coach Curt Ray said. “It’s good for them to start the new chapter of their lives. It’s bittersweet.”

Maddie Martin and Selena Wright gave the Cardinals a 2-0 edge early. The Cardinals scored five of their seven goals in the second frame, with goals coming from Savannah Seath, Brettanya Zimmer, Kaitlyn Ray, and two from Leah Morningstar.

Halle Stork picked up the shutout in net for the Cardinals.

“I thought we played well,” senior Kaitlyn Ray said. “It’s nice to know that this won’t be our last home game since we’re hosting the district opener.”

The Cardinals controlled possession for the majority of the game. Chippewa Hills had a chance to score via penalty kick in the second half, but Stork came up with the save.

Coming off an impressive showing at the Freeland Invitational last weekend and two conference wins this week, the Cardinals are feeling confident as the regular season winds down and the postseason begins.

“We’ve prepared ourselves well for postseason play,” Kaitlyn Ray said. “That’s what it’s all about. We’re excited because we know we can make a run.”

“When the postseason starts, our season starts,” Stork said.

Big Rapids remains in first place in the CSAA and will participate in the Leland Tournament at 9 p.m. Saturday in LeLand.

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