Crossroads defeats Pine River 8-0 for first soccer win of season

Pine River goalkeeper Dalten Sible and teammates Molly Holmes (8) and Hunter Ashcroft (5) keep an eye on the ball after a header from Crossroads’ Tuyler Hund (24. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS — Both soccer teams were looking for their first win of the season on Thursday, but Crossroads Charter Academy came out in a major way with an 8-0 victory over Pine River.

When Tyler Hund scored with 15:31 to play in the second half at the Mitchell Creek Sports Complex, the game ended on the eight-goal mercy rule.

It was 3-0 at halftime.

An accidental goal by Pine River in its own net was credited to Tyler Omo to begin the scoring. Ethan Davis scored the second goal, assisted by Omo, who had the third goal on an assist from Davis.

In the second half, Dawson Soller scored from Omo for a 4-0 lead. Josh Hunt scored assisted by Soller. Britton Angell scored his first career goal on a header off a corner kick by Josh Hunt for a 6-0 lead. The seventh goal was scored by David Barger from Davis. Hund scored, assisted by Davis for the eighth goal.

CCA is 1-6-1.

“The first half was a little rocky,” CCA coach Josh Yurick said. “We had 12 shots on goal in the first half. I told the boys they had to settle down. Pine River’s defense and keeper did a good job of keeping things out.”

Cameron Carnes was keeper for CCA.

CCA plays at Clare on Monday.

“At half, I had them reset, relax and take their time to focus on their skills,” Yurick said. “Once they settled into that type of groove, they played better. For Pine River, goalkeeper Dalten Sible had 24 saves. Tyler Lindquist had 13 block/steals, Bryce Wanstead had nine block/steals, Ethan Underhill had one shot, Hunter Poe had two shots, Aryelle Sible had three block/steals, and Maverick Boerma, Daria Lindquist and Malachi Holmes had two block/steals apiece.

“The kids are playing tough, they’re definitely improving,” Pine River coach Jenny Hoaglund said. “This is game 3 of this week. We played Tuesday and Wednesday We’ve had no practices to work on anything. They’re exhausted. We had a late night on Wednesday getting back from Cheboygan.”

Darwin Sible was keeper for Pine River.

The Bucks have 16 players on their roster, including five girls.

Pine River is at Clare on Tuesday.

Big Rapids 6, Ithaca 0

BIG RAPIDS — Owen Seay tallied a hat trick and added two assists as the Cardinals blanked the Yellowjackets Thursday at Ferris State University.

Saif Abdulameer, Jonah Hengesbach, and River Scharp added goals for Big Rapids.

Colin Morrissey and Jamal Strickland combined for the shutout in goal. The Cardinals are set to host Newaygo on Monday.


CCA at Mesick

BIG RAPIDS — Jaylen Schroeder clocked a 21:55 to win the West Michigan D League girls race on Wednesday at Mesick.

Big Rapids had three other runners but did not hit a team score. Emily Chitwood was fourth (24:33), Leah Davis 10th (27:08) and Corey Huson 25th (33:38).

The Crossroads boys did not have a team score. Keegan McKinnon was 33rd (24:18.0), Jordan Wahl 36th (25:16.0). Dan Hillis 39th (25:51.0) and Casey Gabalis 50th (39:48.0).


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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