Big Rapids soccer tops Reed City

SCRAPPING: Big Rapids' Shawn Heroor (left) looks to get the ball away from a Reed City player on Tuesday. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)
SCRAPPING: Big Rapids’ Shawn Heroor (left) looks to get the ball away from a Reed City player on Tuesday. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — It was a two-goal night for Big Rapids’ Kyle Brady and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Brady scored the first two goals of a 4-1 Central State Activities Association victory in boys soccer action against Reed City.

Big Rapids improved to 2-1 and 2-0 in the conference.

“We knew we were going to have to keep the ball and move it quickly,” said Big Rapids coach Justin Fox. “The guys were prepared for that and did a good job with it. Defensively, we played sound and limited their opportunities.”

Reed City fell to 2-1 in the conference and 3-3 overall.

“I thought we played well,” said Reed City coach Dave Mix. “We gave up a quality goal in the first half from a picture perfect header. We had a little bit of a breakdown on a miss on our behalf for their second goal.”

Brady, a junior center midfielder, scored with 9:05 left in the first half on a header from off a corner kick and then scored early in the second. He has three goals so far this season.

“It was a beautiful cross on the corner kick from Seth Stratz,” Brady said on his first goal. “We made good passes to each other.”

Later in the second half Shawn Heroor put in Big Rapids’ third goal on a penalty kick and Scott Vander Sloot scored off a breakaway with 1:33 to play.

Quinten Kichak scored for Reed City with 47 seconds left in the game.

“We never stopped,” Mix said. “We’re a young team playing a seasoned and veteran Big Rapids team.”

To beat Reed City “is really important,” Brady said. “They’ve been our rivals forever. It feels nice to come out on top. I think we played really solid.”

Jared Worden was the winning goalkeeper. Ben Schermerhorn was goalkeeper for the Coyotes.

“Jared did well with the opportunities Reed City did have,” Fox said. “I was a little upset with my guys for that last one. It’s something to work on.”

Big Rapids plays at Fremont on Thursday. Reed City is at Clare next Tuesday.