Big Rapids ends Reed City's soccer season

LUDINGTON — Selena Wright had two goals while Mackenzie Kidder added one in a 3-0 Division 3 district girls soccer semifinal victory for Big Rapids over Reed City on Thursday.

Reed City’s season ended at 9-7.

It was 0-0 at halftime.

“We had 20 shots on goal the first half,” Big Rapids coach Curt Ray said. “We stuck to our game plan and came out with a win.”

It was more than 10 years when Reed City’s girls soccer team has won a district game. It took about 50 seconds on Tuesday night, May 29, for it to appear the drought would continue.

But Reed City, after allowing the first goal 30 seconds into the Division 3 first-round district game with Manistee, scored five unanswered goals to take a 5-1 victory.

Tatum Liston scored the opening goal for Manistee but midway in the first half, Coyote freshman Olivia Addington scored her first career goal to tie the game. With less than 13 minutes left in the half Claudia Francke scored the go ahead goal.

“It was Haven Reed who passed it up to me,” Addington said. “I just beat the defenders and had a one-on-one shot with the goal. It felt good. I didn’t like how late in the season it came. But I got one. I’ve had a lot of misses.”

Reed City scored two quick goals early in the second half from Mackenzie Wein and Taylor Harrison for a 4-1 lead. Harrison added an insurance goal with less than 13 minutes to play in the game.

Emma McCleary was the winning goalkeeper.

Reed City is now 9-6.

“We started out a little rough after that first goal,” Reed City coach Andrea Pollaski said. “It took us probably a good 15 minutes to wake up after that. Then we got back to our game and started to get the hang of it.”

Manistee ended its season at 7-6-2.

“Our girls played hard,” Manistee coach Jacyln Trahan said. “Their team was fast and very talented. They were bringing it up the wings, which is where we were getting beat, on the outside. My girls have had some injuries and some weren’t able to play. We don’t feel like the score did justice on how hard we played. We leave with our heads held high and congratulate them on their win.”