Big Rapids rebounds from weekend loss to Reed City with 8-2 victory

REED CITY — After the Reed City girls soccer team picked up its first win of the year with a 2-1 victory over Big Rapids at the Cardinals’ home invitational on Saturday, the Coyotes were feeling good but the Cardinals left the field with some soul-searching to do.

The Cardinals found what they were looking for Tuesday as they came away with an 8-2 victory over the Coyotes in Central State Activities Association (CSAA) play. More importantly for the Cardinals (10-6-1, 4-1 CSAA), the victory sets up a chance to clinch a share of the conference title with Newaygo when the Lions host the Cardinals today. “We had a little talk on the way up here about the lack of effort we had against Reed City at our home tournament on Saturday and we asked the girls to do a little soul-searching and come out here and play how we’re capable of playing,” Big Rapids coach Curt Ray said. “I think they did that. We possessed the ball most of the game and had some good passing and great scoring opportunities and I think the score shows that.” The Cardinals got their offense going 12:06 into the first half when Hannah Davis buried the ball in net for the early 1-0 lead before Davis came right back with her second goal at the 16:28 mark to push the Cardinal lead to 2-0. Big Rapids would tack on one more goal before the half with a penalty kick by Kayla Somsel at the 35:46 mark to send the Cardinals into the halftime break with a three-goal lead. But the Coyotes made the game interesting coming out of the half when Makenzie Switzer scored a goal just a minute into the half to cut the lead to 3-1. That was as close as Reed City would get, however, as the Cardinals went on a 5-0 run over the next 30 minutes. Jenna Buck started off the five-goal explosion with a score at the 3:46 mark before Davis tallied her third goal of the contest at 6:15 to push the score to 5-1. At 17:31, Katie Adrianse tallied her first goal of the day before Davis scored her fourth goal of the night at 18:52 to extend the lead to 7-1. Maddie Tassoni capped off the scoring run for Big Rapids with a goal at 31:07, but Reed City’s Lauren Voelker converted on a penalty kick in the final minute to set the final score at 8-2. Big Rapids held a 12-3 advantage in shots on goal as Anna Sieffert made two saves for the Cardinals and Brenna Westhoff recorded five for the Coyotes. “Maybe the three games on Saturday took something out of us because we were a little flat,” Reed City coach Bryan Hall said. “Big Rapids was fast. We played them Saturday in a short game, but they were faster on our wet field than the turf at Top Taggart Field. We had a little trouble slowing them down.” Reed City (1-6-1, 0-5 CSAA) is next scheduled to travel to Tri-County on Thursday.