Big Rapids moves to District Finals with 4-0 win over Reed City

Girls soccer secure spot against Howard City Tri County with shutout over Coyotes

Carly Carlson (#4) and Elise Devrues (#29) battle for the ball.

Carly Carlson (#4) and Elise Devrues (#29) battle for the ball.

Pioneer Photo/Brendan Sanders

CLARE -- Big Rapids girls' soccer team will see its season continue after a 4-0 win over Reed City in the district semifinal on Tuesday. 

The Cardinals would score once in the first half before pulling away with a three-goal second half against the Coyotes, continuing their trend of stifling defense shutting down opponents. Reed City would be held to only two shots total in the contest, with one shot being on goal.  

On offense, the Cardinals kept the ball on Reed City’s side of the field throughout much of the contest, attempting 49 shots with 26 being on goal. Katie Williams led the offense on the evening, scoring two goals and also notching two assists.  

“I had confidence in myself and in past games I haven't had that confidence. So, I just pushed myself a little harder than I usually do.” Williams said. 

Even with the Cardinals holding possession of the ball for the majority of the game, the first half was still tight as Reed City stack the box defensively to limit shots on goal for Big Rapids.  

“Once a state tournament starts, everybody tightens this up a little bit since it's one and you're done," Big Rapids coach Curt Ray said.
"So, we came out a little tight, and they shoved a ton of numbers in the box. We knew that coming in. We had girls in the first half trying to have two girls dribble through eight players there, which isn't gonna happen. We've kind of trained for those by taking longer shots, Rebecca (Allers), and Katie, all of them can hit 30-yard shots and not high percentages, but you have to do something differently.” 

Also scoring on the evening for Big Rapids was Hailee Lotarski and Meredith Heethuis. Lotarski would have two shots, with both being on goal while Heethuis’ goal came on her only shot. Lotarski's goal put the Cardinals up 2-0 early in the second half. 

“I’m always open in the middle, and I constantly call for it back. I finally got that ball back and I just dropped her over the keeper's head.” Lotarski said. 

On the Reed City side, goaltender Miriah Hodges had 22 saves on the evening. The Coyotes finished the season with a record of 10-7-2. 

“I think that we got back to passing to feet better than we had in the last couple years," Reed City coach Andrea Pollaski said. "I thought that was that we did well throughout the season and met our goal with that. We also won more 50/50 balls as the season progressed, which is something that we needed to work on from the beginning and got better as we went on. It's a fun team, and we've always got good chemistry.” 

The season ended for Reed City.