Coyote soccer team falls to Tri County

BENZONIA — Reed City’s soccer team rallied from a 3-1 halftime deficit to tie Benzie Central in non-league action Monday.

The Coyotes had a 1-0 lead before the Huskies netted three unanswered goals.

Makenzie Switzer scored in the first half for Reed City and converted again in the second half, along with teammate Kendra Repo. Karah Hensel assisted on all three goals.

Brenna Westhoff was keeper for Reed City (0-8-2).

“It was very good, especially the second half,” Reed City coach Bryan Hall said. “We adjusted well and possessed the ball well. We kept it out of their hands. We toughened up in the midfield and that allowed us to possess the ball and get some attacks of our own.”

The Coyotes play at Ludington Thursday to close out the regular season. Reed City is at Manistee next Tuesday for a predistrict game.

Tri County 8, Reed City 0

HOWARD CITY — Tri County wasted little time in getting the upperhand against Reed City on Thursday.

The Vikings scored four first-half goals and cruised to an 8-0 win over the Coyote girls soccer team in non-league action.

Tri County (9-5) had defeated the Coyotes 4-0 at the Big Rapids Invitational.

Both teams fought cold, windy weather to complete the game.

“It was a good day with a lot of ball movement,” Tri County coach Victor Matulis said. “The captains on the team are great leaders.”

Savannah Wilson opened the scoring for Tri County, followed by Amber Rodriguez, Samantha Inman and Karly Drouin. The Coyotes had a couple of scoring chances in the latter stages of the half, but couldn’t convert against Tri County’s keeper Kaitlynn Moore.

In the second half, the Vikings put the pressure on in a hurry and notched a goal from Inman and two from Elise Ketelaar. Reed City had a surge at the Tri County end but the Vikings, leading 7-0, stormed back down the field. When Kelsey Vaas put in the eighth goal with 20:52 left in regulation, the game was called from the mercy rule.

“We’re playing pretty good,” Matulis said. “We’re playing with a lot of confidence and moving the ball really well.”

Reed City was playing its sixth game in the last eight days, including three tourney games on Saturday.

Westhoff played keeper for Reed City.

“We’re still recovering a little bit,” Hall said. “I think we were a little flat. Tri County was fast. We struggle with the faster teams running multiple runs against us. At times we rely on our middle to control the game or whichever side it’s going on.”

Tri County will be joining the Central State Activities Association next season.

“We gave up four against them Saturday in almost half a game so I guess it didn’t surprise me,” Hall said of Thursday’s rematch.

Big Rapids 8, Reed City 2

After the Reed City girls soccer team picked up its first win of the year with a 2-1 victory over Big Rapids at the Cardinals’ home invitational on Saturday, May 10, the Coyotes were feeling good but the Cardinals left the field with some soul-searching to do.

The Cardinals found what they were looking for as they came away with an 8-2 victory over the Coyotes in Central State Activities Association (CSAA) play.

The Coyotes made the game interesting coming out of half-time when Switzer scored a goal just a minute into the second half to cut the Big Rapids lead to 3-1.

That was as close as Reed City would get, however, as the Cardinals went on a 5-0 run over the next 30 minutes.

Reed City’s Lauren Voelker converted on a penalty kick in the final minute to set the final score at 8-2.

Westhoff recorded five saves for the Coyotes.

“Maybe the three games on Saturday took something out of us because we were a little flat,” Reed City coach Bryan Hall said. “Big Rapids was fast. We played them Saturday in a short game, but they were faster on our wet field than the turf at Top Taggart Field. We had a little trouble slowing them down.

“There’s still a few more games left before districts, so I’m trying to survive and keep as many of our players healthy and focus on that,” he added.

Pioneer sports editor Greg Bucker contributed to this report.