CSAA honors six Reed City soccer players

REED CITY — Natalie Westhoff finished her final sports season at Reed City in fine fashion and was named to the All-Central State Activities Association first team recently for girls soccer.

Westhoff, also a volleyball and basketball player, was a strong leader for the Coyotes who finished fourth in the league this season. Newaygo was first, Big Rapids second and Lakeview third.

“She’s an excellent athlete with great speed and quickness,” said Reed CIty coach Bryan Hall said of Westhoff. “She’s the last one in front of the goalkeeper.”

“This year, I’m looking to play more of a defensive position,” Westhoff said coming into the season. “Endurance has something to do with it and anticipating a pass. Soccer is all about playing as a team and getting the ball to where it needs to be.”

Five Reed City players earned honorable mention honors including Megan Donley, Karah Hensel, Kendra Repo, Makenzie Switzer and Lauren Voelker. Donley and Voelker are sophomores while the others are seniors.

Hensel has been a stopper and mid attacker. She had three assists against Benzie Central.

It was Hensel’s second full varsity season with soccer. She indicated she has taken on more of a diversified role with the sport this year.

“Coach can put me wherever he needs to,” Hensel said. “I’m comfortable playing wherever.”

Switzer led the team in scoring with five goals. She bolstered the Coyote attack with her soccer experience, Hall said.

Voelker sparked the Coyotes “with her speed and overall quickness,” Hall noted.

“I can play pretty much anywhere,” Voelker said earlier in the season. “I like striker because I like scoring.”

Westhoff was also all-district first team and Voelker was honorable mention.

Repo, a striker, had a goal against Benzie Central. Donley played a defensive fullback position for the Coyotes.