Coyotes battle to tie with Heritage Christian

REED CITY — It was the first girls soccer match of the season for Cadillac Heritage Christian but the Patriots played Reed City tough in a 0-0 non-conference tie.

The Coyotes applied heavy pressure in the second half but couldn’t put it in. Kalee Hensel, with 17 minutes left in the game, booted a shot that Patriot goalie Audrey Shanklin jumped up high for and caught before it had a chance to catch the top inside part of the net.

MacKenzie Switzer’s shot late in the half skipped past the net.

“I think we did a great job on defense,” said Heritage Christian coach Tom Stagg. “We struggled a little bit on offense.

The Coyotes fell to 0-3-1.

“We played real good,” said Reed City junior Tia Lintemuth. “We need to communicate and know where everyone is on the field and pass well.”

“We certainly can’t complain about the effort the girls played,” said Reed City coach Bryan Hall. “We did a lot of stuff right. But in soccer, sometimes it doesn’t go in the net. I thought, especially in the second half, we seemed to control play. We definitely had a lot of shots.”

The Coyotes took 30 shots at the net.

RayAnne Sheldon played goalie for the Coyotes.

“Our defense did a good job of not letting too many shots get to her; that’s usually our goal, not giving up too many shots,” Hall said.

Hensel and Lintemuth are among the juniors who are playing varsity soccer for the first time.

“They’ve been doing great,” Hall said. “They have an athletic mindset coming from other sports on how to get open and how to get to the spaces. They’re doing well. We had five JVs up today and they were a big help.”

Reed City is home against Shelby on Thursday.