REED CITY — Reed City’s boys soccer team is trying to muster some offense as it goes through the heart of its schedule.

Brian Erndteman and Bailey Merrick scored three goals apiece to lead Mason County Central over Reed City 8-0 on Monday.

Anders Saiala and Brayden Ahfeld notched a goal apiece for the Spartans who scored the eighth goal 24:52 into the second half to win the game. Boone Alway was the winning goalkeeper.

Spartans had a 5-0 halftime lead.

“We were passing the ball very good,” said Mason County Central coach Scott Scheffler. “We’ve played some tough teams early on. That’s helping us in the long run. We have a lot of depth. We have 27 guys. That’s the most we’ve ever had.”

Troy Giese and Taylor Weiss shared goalkeeper duties for Reed City, which fell to 1-11. MCC is 5-4.

Reed City lost 8-0 at Ludington on Saturday.

Reed City was home Tuesday against Newaygo.

“I think we’ll be better against Newaygo,” Reed City coach Matt Webster said on Monday. “I’m hoping we can hold them and get some goals.”

Webster said he’s been working to some extent with different combinations on offense to try getting some things going.

“We’re still trying to work the ball up field,” Webster said. “We’ve tried some different people up front. We really have to work on taking care of the ball.”

The Coyotes will be at Benzie on Saturday and are home next Tuesday against Lakeview.

Crossroads 8, Reed City 1

BIG RAPIDS — A soccer match Sept. 10 between Crossroads Charter Academy and Reed City showcased two programs that have different goals for the 2013 season.

For a Crossroads program that is sitting at 9-1 overall, Tuesday’s 8-1 victory over the Coyotes was another step forward toward preparing for the postseason.

For a Reed City program that has struggled to a 1-11 record overall, hanging around and staying positive against a tough CCA team was an encouraging sign for first-year coach Matt Webster as he tries to lay the foundation for the future of the Coyotes’ program.

“The most positive thing here ( lastTuesday) is that we could be coming apart, but we’re still together,” Webster said. “Nobody likes to lose, but we’re carrying ourselves and giving our best effort and we’re coming along. We’re going to keep moving forward and keep getting better.”

The Coyotes got their lone goal of the night at 7:42 of the second half when Quinton Kichak scored to put the score at 7-1.

“That was exciting and I’m glad we got that goal,” Webster said. “My thing at halftime was to have us keep our heads up and stay proud of ourselves. Can we lose a game by six or seven goals and still be proud of ourselves? Yes. It just matters how we’re playing on the field and if we’re giving our best effort, we can walk out of here feeling good.”

Herald Review sportswriter Greg Buckner contributed to this report.