Coyote senior gives soccer team key spark

REED CITY -- Seniors like Trevor Nelson will be counted upon to play a key role for the Reed City soccer team this season.

Nelson plays a defensive mid-position for the Coyotes.

Nelson has been on the varsity two seasons.

“As a team, we did really good,” said Nelson, whose team won the district title. “We had a lot of injuries during the year and I filled in for those.”

He also scored two goals including one in the district finals. He’ll be focusing on defensive mid.

“I’ll be playing a lot of offense too,” he said. “I think I’ll be better than last year. I’m more physical than last year to help out.”

Nelson expects to have a strong defensive mentality and to be able to see where the ball is going.

As for this season, graduation did take its toll to some extent, “but we should be all right, we should be pretty good,” Nelson said.

“We have to play together,” said Nelson, noting that without enough numbers for a JV squad, three’s only one large varsity team this season. “We’ll be able to have more substitutes. Hopefully, we’ll be fresh. We’ll have fresh legs out there.”

In the Central State Activities Association, Nelson expects Big Rapids to have a tough squad.

“We just want to get better throughout the year,” Nelson said. “Last year, our record wasn’t the best but we won the district and got better throughout the year.”