Coyote soccer team drops heartbreaker to Lakeview
REED CITY — The Reed City Coyotes were looking for their first conference victory of the season against Lakeview
Ethan Maddox scored two first-half goals to put the Coyotes up 2-0 at halftime, but the Wildcats would score four consecutive second-half goals to beat the Coyotes 4-2.
“Our kids played a whale of a first half,” head coach Doug Emington said. “We had good effort in second until they got the equalizer. I think our mentality just went to where it’s been most of the season. We’ve got a lot of young kids; the majority of our kids are freshmen and sophomores.
The Wildcats were aggressive offensively in the second half. Reed City goalkeeper Gregory Randall defended the net well, but the Wildcats were able to break down the Coyotes’ defense and score four times in the second half, with three of those goals coming in the last seven minutes of the game.
“This was a big step for us to go into halftime with a 2-0 lead against a quality Lakeview team,” Emington said. “They’re a good way for us to measure whether or not we’re progressing. I felt like we were progressing today.”
Maddox had a solid first half and continued his aggressive play into the second half. Seniors Hunter Morrison and Seth Phelps helped make Maddox’s first-half goals happen.
“(Maddox) is a hard-nosed player,” Emington said. “We’ve been working on our possession game but it’s not there, yet. The play that we got from Hunter Morrison and Seth Phelps allowed us to transition the ball well.
“Everybody played well. We just ran out of gas.”
The loss is Reed City’s seventh straight. The Coyotes (2-10,0-7) will get a chance to break the streak when they host Big Rapids at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.