Crossroads earns 2-1 win over Roscommon

CCA’s Allie Angell (5) winds up for a kick during Tuesday’s game against Roscommon. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — It wasn’t pretty, but the Crossroads Charter Academy girls soccer team will take it.

The Cougars gutted their way to a 2-1 home win over Roscommon on Tuesday.

Allie Angell got the Cougars on the board with a goal and Leah Davis was credited with the game-winning goal via corner kick at the 32-minute mark of the second half. Triston Murray made 10 saves in goal for CCA.

It has been a busy week for the Cougars, who hosted a tournament on Saturday and played Gladwin on Monday in a 5-2 loss.

Freshman Jessica Cole believes that those games benefit her team in ways that don’t show up in the win-loss column.

“We played harder teams,” she said. “We realized that we need to play 110 percent if we’re going to win games. We realized today that we need to keep pushing and keep taking shots from out wide.”

Cole has made the switch from offense to defense and has transitioned well.

“I’m a stopper at the top of the diamond. When the offense pushes up, I go up top and send the ball back so they can get easy shots. My job is to get out and send it out wide.”

Cole wasn’t crazy about the switch to defense at first but it has presented her with opportunities that she didn’t expect.

“I was sad because I really want to score,” she said. “But I’ve gotten more shots off on defense than I was getting on offense.”

With its first win in tow, the Cougars (1-4-2) hope to start a winning streak when they face McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Thursday.

“We’ve been really concentrating on shooting and shooting with confidence,” head coach Josh Yurick said. “We only took 11 shots in this match. We have to get those numbers up.”

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