CCA girls soccer team prepares for spring season

The CCA girls soccer team won its home soccer tournament last season. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — The Crossroads Charter Academy girls soccer team has taken the pitch in preparation for the spring season.

Helming the Cougars this year is Josh Yurick, who also coaches the boys’ team. CCA graduated Kiran Kaur, Zakiah Hashimi, Katelyn Donley, and starting goalkeeper Trinity Murray last season.

The Cougars were able to increase their goal scoring output last season and hope to continue improving this season. Triston Murray, Haylee Worrall, Allie Angell, and Sam Taylor will be among the team’s leaders this season.

“We have a fantastic roster this year with high expectations for each of them,” Yurick said.  “We look forward to seeing how they play together and finding out who our key players will be. Some of the returning players may be faced with new positions and challenges. Leadership roles will be fostered and adjustments will be made.

“I expect them to learn about the game and themselves. I expect them to learn to work together regardless of the adversities they may face.  I expect them to enjoy the process.”

The team will have to work on field communication and find a new goalkeeper, but Yurick believes those weaknesses will turn into strengths.

“If each player approaches the season to be the best for the team rather than on the team, we will be strong. Many of the players have a solid understanding of key concepts to build on.”

Cheboygan will be the team to beat in the conference this season. As the season goes on the Cougars hope to turn some heads.

“Cheboygan is always strong and plays the game beautifully,” Yurick said. “It will be interesting to see how the teams have changed with graduating seniors and new freshman joining teams. We have a team that has some experience that we can build off of. It will be a matter of getting the right girls in the right positions on the field.

“Once that happens, I think we are going to play some competitive soccer.”

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