Reed City soccer changes course, still comes up short in district semifinal

LEROY — Going to Plan B usually isn’t a good sign, said Reed City boys soccer coach Dave Mix. The Coyotes coach needed to change his team’s attack after Comstock Park scored two goals less than two minutes apart to take a 4-2 lead. Though Reed City got more opportunities, it still couldn’t overcome the two-goal deficit in the 4-2 loss to the Panthers on Wednesday in the Division 3 district semifinal at Pine River High School. With the score tied at 2-2, Comstock Park’s Josh Tobias and Jimmy Whalen scored less than two minutes apart to take the 4-2 advantage. It was then Mix made the change. Eric Voelker was switched from sweeper to forward and Ben Schermerhorn from keeper to the midfield. Reed City had its chances, but couldn’t get any more goals past Panthers keeper Miguel Nava. “We changed people up front to establish some sort of offense and I thought we did,” Mix said. “But it was plan B and that usually means something has gone wrong.” Reed City got direct kicks and counterattacks after the changes, but couldn’t get any shots past Nava, who Mix said is heading to the Air Force to play keeper. “We played well, but obviously, they exposed some of our weaknesses,” Mix said. “As a team, I thought we maintained our shape fairly well and again, to put two goals on a keeper who is Division 1, that’s pretty good.” The Coyotes opened the scoring less than five minutes into the contest as Trevor Nelson’s throw in landed at Ricky Droke’s feet and he was able to send a shot into the net for a 1-0 lead. The game would remain that way until the halfway point of the first half when the Panthers would tally the equalizer. The game remained 1-1 to halftime when Reed City would take its second one-goal advantage. Nelson’s throw-in wasn’t cleared by the Comstock Park defense. Dominick Giese found the loose ball and kicked it into the net for a 2-1 lead. The Panthers evened the game 10 minutes later on a goal by Whalen. Eight minutes later, Comstock Park scored twice to pull out the victory. “We talked about the possibility if they get the lead to continue playing how we can,” Mix said. “I thought we did that, (Whalen’s second goal) was just an incredible goal.” Reed City finishes the season with a 6-14-1 record.