Big Rapids Ready to Halt Postseason Drought
BIG RAPIDS – Few northern Michigan girls soccer programs have enjoyed the success that Big Rapids has had over the course of the last five years.
Despite being the class of the Central State Activities Association and claiming consecutive league championships over the last two seasons, Big Rapids has been left with a sour taste in its mouth come postseason.
Postseason success has proven elusive for the Cardinals, as they look to snap a 14-year district championship drought.
"I live and dream this sport, and it’s been very frustrating for me and for the kids,” coach Curt Ray said. “I take it personally that I let them down. So a district championship would be great.
"They’re smart. They’re good kids. I’m proud to be a part of this program for the last six years. It’s just a pleasure to go to work every day with them."
Like previous seasons, the Cardinals (6-1) have again opened their year on a strong note, outscoring opponents 48-10 through seven contests while standing undefeated in conference play.
With only three seniors on the roster, the future is bright for Big Rapids.
"We’ve been conference champs the past couple of years. That’s always our biggest goal,” junior Kaitlyn Ray said. “We haven’t been able to make a run in the postseason these past couple of years. We haven’t been able to get past the first or second round. I definitely think it would mean a lot to our team, and our seniors this year, to make a run in the postseason."
The Cardinals will take part in a seven-team Division 3 district at Manistee this year. Big Rapids will be compete alongside the host Chippewas, Montague, Reed City, Mason County Central, Shelby and Whitehall, the lone team to hand the Cardinals a loss this spring.
Big Rapids is back on the pitch Thursday, taking on rival Reed City.