Coyote soccer team records first win of season
REED CITY — Reed City’s soccer team earned its first win of the season Friday, 2-1 over Mason County Central, advancing to 1-6.
Seth Phillips and Hunter Morrisson scored goals for Reed City.
Big Rapids used a three-goal game from sophomore Mason Gifford on Monday to shut out Reed City 8-0 in a Central State Activities Association matchup. Reed City is 1-7.
It was 2-0 at halftime
“At halftime, I just told the team they had to find someone to defend and then to support our attack moving the ball forward,” Reed City coach Cody Jacobs said. “Big Rapids likes to use the whole field and play to space. I told the boys, ‘If you can’t get up for this game, don’t bother going on the field.’ I thought we were in a good spot after winning our last game, but unfortunately we didn’t have it tonight at all.”
The Cardinals scored six consecutive goals in the second half.
“Big Rapids played a heck of a game,” Jacobs said. “They opened us up, exposed our weaknesses and capitalized on them. In the second half, we didn’t have the desire to win a 50/50 ball, and that was a big problem. The Cardinals just threw numbers at us and found space to score. We couldn’t body up and that was the difference in them scoring five goals in one half.”
Jacobs said his goal for future games is simple.
“We just want to get better every day,” he said. “We want to be well rounded. If we can get better every day, that’s good enough and that’s what we are here for. That’s our goal.”
Reed City travels to Kent City on Wednesday.
Grant’s boys soccer team defeated Reed City 9-1 on Wednesday.
The Coyotes fell 8-0 with less than five minutes left in the first half.
“Grant’s a fast-moving team and they did what they wanted to do on the field,” Jacobs said. “They dictated the tempo of the game. They’re a great squad.”
Reed City senior captain Quinton Kichak scored the Coyotes’ only goal with 12 seconds left in the game, fighting through three defenders in front of the net to score unassisted.
“Kichak is a heck of a leader,” Jacobs said. “He played great. We’ve leaned on him so much this year, on and off the field.”
Despite the loss, Jacobs said there were some positives to take away from the game.
“I was really happy with the effort,” he said. “We didn’t quit toward the end, putting up a goal. When you are down to that big of a deficit, to put in a goal late says a lot about your team and their character. I’m really happy about that.”