Cardinal soccer team eyes good record

Justin Fox

BIG RAPIDS — Improving from an 10-10 record from last year will be a key goal for the Big Rapids soccer Cardinals when the season starts today at Muskegon Oakridge.

The Cardinals finished last season at 10-10-2.

“We made the district final and the team improved throughout the season, players learned their positions well,” coach Justin Fox said. “Owen Seay was our leading scorer, and Chase Miller provided great leadership.”

For this season’s team, senior forward Jonah Hengesbach “will be counted on to score,” Fox said. Junior midfielder Jason Cosper “will need to be creative and look to distribute,” senior midfielder Lewis Macdonald “will be key to possession,” senior defenseman Jackson Rogers “brings hard work and solid defending” and senior goalkeeper Colin Morrissey “will need to fill a larger role as leader and shot stopper.

“I expect us to work hard, and contend for conference, district, and regional titles,” Fox said. “We are fairly athletic and we need to use that to our advantage. We need to work on team cohesion; new players in new positions will take time to establish.”

The Cardinals hope to be a factor in the CSAA.

“Our conference is growing stronger,” Fox said. “Newaygo was undefeated last year and would be favorites along with a tough Fremont team. We are right there with both of them.

“I’m excited to get started.”

 

 

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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 jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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