Big Rapids soccer team blanks Shepherd

BIG RAPIDS – It was the first known meeting between Big Rapids and Shepherd girls soccer teams and the Cardinals used the home field advantage to their favor.

Julia Waltz had seven shots on goal and four of them went into the back of the net in a 7-0 Big Rapids win over Shepherd at Cardinal Stadium in a first-round Division 3 district game on Wednesday.

The Cardinals, 10-9, will host Reed City at 7 p.m. on May 31 in a district semifinal game.

“I think we did a good job of possession of the ball,” Big Rapids coach Curt Ray said. “We did a good job of possessing. We had a lot of good opportunities. Their No. 21 (Madi Gates) a tall girl, kept stepping in front of us and set the long balls back.

“We told the girls that’s not the way we play and you have to step in front of them because what you can do against one team you can’t do against another one. If we get past next Wednesday, we know we’ll have our hands full in the district final.”