Girls Varsity Soccer · @ Pioneer: CCA girls soccer ties Clare 2-2 in season opener

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

The Cougars traded blows with the Clare Pioneers to the tune of a 2-2 stalemate Tuesday at the Mitchell Creek Sports Complex.

It definitely surprised us,” Sophomore Allie Angell said. “They stuck with them on our first game. It was pretty awesome.”

Sophomores Allie Angell and Leah Davis scored one goal apiece with Angell and Jessica Cole adding assists as well. Triston Murray tallied 20 saves in net for the Cougars.

“Murray did a fantastic job,” head coach Josh Yurick said. “She wasn’t sure if she was going to be participating this year. After today’s performance, you could tell that she was all-in. I’m proud of her.”

The Cougars went up 1-0 before the Clares tied it up before the end of the half. CCA scored early in the second half to go up 2-1 before the Pioneers answered at the 24-minute mark.

Clare had several shot attempts in the closing seconds that were thwarted by Murray.

“Getting wide and passing it to the through-ball and overlapping with the give-and-go,” Angell said. “We got a couple of goals from that and that was really good. We got some crosses from Leah that were really good.”

The Cougars’ strong showing against a Class B school in Clare bodes well for the season. The team can already see improvements.

“There was lots of talking on the field which was really good,” Murray said. “We communicated really well, which was a shortcoming in the past few seasons.”

“I think the girls will probably take some time getting used to me as a coach,” Yurick said. “Once we’re firing on all cylinders we can get some decent results.”

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