Coyote soccer team falls to Big Rapids, Lakeview

BIG RAPIDS — Ashlen Bell and Erin Thompson had been putting the ball in the net all season for the Big Rapids Cardinals and decided to do more of the same Monday night.

They both scored three goals in helping the Cards build a 6-0 halftime lead over Reed City and go on to a 7-0 girls soccer victory.

It was Bell's first three-goal game this season.

It didn't surprise Big Rapids coach Emmanuel Foko to see Bell and Thompson have another big night.

“Those girls have a lot of speed and they manage the ball pretty well,” Foko said.

Thompson has 26 goals this season while Bell has 14.

Big Rapids dominated offensively all night and constantly put the pressure on Coyote goalkeeper RayAnne Sheldon. The first goal was scored by Paige Johnson. Thompson netted her first goal with 24:16 to go in the first half.

The Coyotes couldn't get the ball out of their zone and the Cardinals made them pay for it. Bell scored with 16:19 to play and put in her second goal less than five minutes later after taking a corner kick from Johnson and using her shoulders to deflect the ball into the net.

Thompson took a pass from Johnson and netted Big Rapids' fifth goal with 8:08 to play. It was 6-0 with 3:04 to go in the half when Thompson took Maddie Bucholtz's corner kick and netted her third goal of the game.

“We had a lot of breakdowns in terms of individual positioning,” Hall said. “We need to be between the player and the goal, stuff you talk about. Big Rapids passes very well.”

It was also 7-0, Big Rapids over Reed City, earlier in the season.

“It was very similar,” Foko said of Monday's game. “The girls do very well with passing and working the ball around. We saw Reed City stand up in the second half.”

Johnson, on the corner kick, assisted on Bell's third goal with 10 minutes to play for the only goal of the second half.

Big Rapids improved to 11-5.

Last Wednesday, Reed City lost 1-0 to Lakeview at home.

“We had lost 6-0 at their place (earlier in the season),” Hall said. “We played very solid defense again.”

Reed City, 2-11 overall, is at Fremont on Friday. Many of Reed City's dates have been varsity games only. With the JVs now playing games prior to the varsity, Hall has less players to work with for the varsity. He also played Monday without junior standout Kalee Hensel.

“She hurt her knee in the Lakeview game and she may be out for the season,” Hall said. “That one really hurts. In our last games, the JVs also play.We can't utilize the JVs now (for varsity games).”

Visit the photo gallery to see more photos from Monday's game.