Posted by Max Harden on May 14th, 2019
BIG RAPIDS — The Crossroads Charter Academy girls soccer team battled to the very end but it wasn’t enough.
A McBain Northern Michigan Christian goal with under two minutes remaining gave the Comets a 3-2 win over the Cougars on Monday.
“I think they played pretty consistently,” head coach Josh Yurick said. “We had a player get injured in the first half. That kind of rallied them and got them fired up. We played a high level of competition today.
“You can only play at that level for so long before you get worn down and the only way to get used to it is to playing at that level regularly.”
The Cougars’ Leah Davis appeared to score the team’s first goal in the first half before the goal was called off. Davis would respond by scoring both of CCA’s goals via penalty kick — one in the first half and one in the second half. The score was tied 1-1 at halftime.
The Comets tied things up at 2-2 at the 14-minute mark of the second half and took the lead for good at the 38:06-mark of the half. Triston Murray made 14 saves in net for the Cougars.
Senior defender Sam Taylor was a jack of all trades for the Cougars on Monday, logging minutes at every defensive position save for goalie.
“I didn’t think I could do that,” Taylor said.
Even in defeat, Taylor saw some positives for her team as well as things they can improve on.
“We’ve improved a lot on our communication,” Taylor said. “As a team, we always seem to improve after every loss. We’re still learning and we have a young team. We’ve found out that we have fun when we’re working hard out there.”
The Cougars (2-8-2) play Ogemaw Heights on Thursday.
With the regular season winding down and district play looming, Taylor knows what it’s going to take for CCA to make a postseason run.
“I think it’s just energy,” Taylor said. “If we keep our energy up, we can start producing more goals. If we can score and keep our energy high for 80 minutes, that’d be awesome.”