Comeback falls short for Reed City boys soccer

Last minute goal not enough for Coyotes, who fall 3-2 to Kalkaska

REED CITY—A last-minute comeback attempt fell just short as Reed City boys' soccer fell to Kalkaska 3-2 on Monday, August 22. 

The home opener for the Coyotes saw a few bright spots throughout the evening in what would be a 3-2 loss, setting the Coyotes record to 0-3.  

The Coyotes scored a goal in each half of play. The first was an equalizer by junior Justin Stellini, which tied the game at one apiece before Kalkaska would score a second goal before halftime, for a 2-1 lead. 

“I got a good pass, and I took a couple of touches on the ball and got some open space,” Stellini said. 

The defense tightened down through the second half of play, only allowing a score off a corner kick with five minutes left in the game. Head coach Courtney Murphy explained that a change at center-mid helped strengthen the defense in the second half. 

“I think that's where we were being a little weak today. So, I just changed up players and we were able to come through the stronger defense,” Murphy said. 

It wasn’t over for the Coyotes either. With 30 seconds left in the contest, junior Isaac Clementshaw was able to get past the Kalkaska defense and put the ball in the back of the net to make the score 3-2. Reed City was unable to mount one last offensive charge in time to tie it up. 

“I feel like we're going to be working on looking up when we have the ball instead of looking forward at the net,” Clementshaw said. “It's looking for more drops and longer passes, because we're making short passes that just get congested.” 

Murphy gave her thoughts on what the team will be focusing on moving forward as the season progresses. 

“Trying to balance our offense and defense right now we're still trying to figure out what everyone's strengths and weaknesses are,” Murphy said. “So this game gave us kind of a little bit of an eye opener. We need a stronger core.”