BIG RAPIDS — It’s an old adage that defense wins championships, and for the most part, that’s true.

Yet if you don’t score, winning can be difficult.

Manistee accomplished both for the third game in a row, notching its second consecutive win, 2-1 over Big Rapids in the Chippewas’ second road trip of the season Monday night.

“We’re putting some things together,” Manistee head coach Brandon Prince said. “Defensively, they played really well. We had some little things we had to adjust and kind of focus on in the midfield, but that backend tonight really took all the quality opportunities away from Big Rapids.

“That makes it difficult in their final third. With the challenges they’ve got putting the ball around, we really stepped up and made it difficult for them. That’s good to see this early in the season.”

Jacob Scharp broke the scoreless tie midway through the first half, converting a pass from Luke Smith. Ethan Edmondson tallied the second-half goal on an assist from Scharp.

It was all the Chippewas needed.

“We don’t talk so much about quantity as we do quality,” Prince said. “We created some quality chances. Once again, we had a balanced attack tonight.

“We’re doing it from different angles, and our principles is everybody is a goal scorer, it’s just creating that quality into our final third.”

Manistee takes a two-game winning streak on the road Friday against the Traverse City Home School at 5 p.m.