CSAA recognizes three Reed City soccer players
REED CITY — Three Reed City soccer players have been recognized by the Central State Activities Association for their seasons with all-league honors.
Allyeha Chaney and Lauren Voelker were on the first team and Brenna Westhoff made the honorable mention list.
Voelker was a forward-defensive player for the Coyotes.
“If we needed goals, we had to put her up front to lead the offense,” Reed City coach Bryan Hall said. “If we tried to hold the other team, then she needed to be back on defense. She’s the best of both ends for us. She was such a strong player. That’s how it had to work for us. She was a good leader, such a strong player.”
Voelker had four varsity seasons for the Coyotes.
Chaney is a junior who played striker-forward, along with some defense. “She’s very strong and fast, and was able to score a couple of goals for us,” Hall said. “She was a very physical player.”
Westhoff, a senior, was keeper for three seasons.
“She really improved every year and stepped up and this year fine-tuned things,” Hall said. “She kept us in games a lot longer than we would have been without her at that position. She read (the ball) well.”
Donley reflects on season
Megan Donley closed her athletic career at Reed City when the soccer season ended and noted how much progress the team made from beginning to end.
“I think we’re getting better. slowly but surely,” she said late in the spring. “We need to work on transitioning the ball. That’s our biggest weakness. We’ve got a lot of the skills to eventually win more games. We have to work on things.
“I think our defense has improved a lot. Playing against the bigger teams, we’ve improved so much. They all work hard and work together.”
Donley, who also played volleyball and basketball, was a four-year soccer player and played stopper.
“My freshman year, I was on the JV and I was a striker,” she said, adding she was a stopper three years”
The Coyotes graduated nine seniors.
“We have about that many coming up,” Hall said. “Our numbers will stay the same. But you’re replacing seniors with sophomores (who will be juniors next season).”