REED CITY — Thayne Stieg is in his senior year and his second season of soccer for Reed City.

Last year he played defense and is sweeper this year.” It’s just important in being the last man,” he said.

Stieg is looking forward to playing that position this season.

The Coyotes opened with an 8-0 loss in Tri-County on Aug. 22 but a few days later won 5-4 at Newaygo.

“I think (the difference was) how ready we were,” Stieg said. “That first game, we were nervous and played a pretty good team but could have played better than we did. Just being ready our second game, knowing what we need to fix in practice and working hard on it.”

Reed City is at Grant this Wednesday and at Big Rapids next Monday. The first home game is Wednesday with Kent City.

“We’re getting better each day,” Stieg said. “We’re getting better as a team.”

There’s more experience this season.

“Everyone put in more work during the offseason to get better,” Stieg said. “We practice almost every day after school.”

Stieg, also a wrestler, notes that he has good foot speed.

“I can read the field pretty well,” he said. “I think we have a good chance to win a lot of games more than people expect us to win.”

The key in each game, Stieg noted, is “to be ready and focused on what we come to do, which is to win and play to our ability.”