Coyotes' girls soccer optimistic this season

REED CITY — Reed City’s soccer team is looking for more numbers and more wins this season. So far so good.

The Coyotes started practices on March 9. They opened their season with a 4-2 win over Crossroads last week.

“I wouldn’t mind having a couple more players,” Reed City coach Bryan Hall said during the practice season. “We’re looking at the JVs to see if we need to bring anyone up to help out a little.”

Reed City graduated several players from last season. One of the key returnees was Lauren Voelker, who sustained an ACL injury the first game of basketball season and has yet to return to sports.

“She might get a month in, she doesn’t know,” Hall said. “She’s definitely one we were looking for to help, but we don’t have now.”

Junior Liza Emington “was a strong player back from last year and spent half the season injured,” Hall said. “We’re looking forward to having her back.”

Emily Nardone was a strong defender for the Coyotes and is back with her senior season. Megan Donley, a junior, also will be a strong defender for the Coyotes. Brenna Westhoff returns as goalkeeper.

Hall hopes to get outside as much as possible early in the season.

“It depends on the weather,” Hall said. “We’re only so productive in really bad weather, when its low 40s, especially if it’s wet, that’s pretty miserable.”

Reed City struggled in scoring last season, which was why the four-goal outburst against Crossroads was rewarding.

“I don’t know if we have anyone new, we just want to come along and try to finish,” Hall said.  

Reed City 4, Crossroads 2

Reed City varsity girls soccer kicked off the 2015 season with a 4-2 win over Crossroads Charter Academy on, March 24.

Emington, junior Sam Finkbeiner and sophomore Katie Reed all scored goals for the Coyotes in the non-league contest. The fourth goal was a CCA own goal.

“We are really excited,” Hall said. “We haven’t been outside very much, so we talked about a lot of concepts and tried to run them indoors and they happened on the field. We were able to put together passes and we ran some runs that we talked about. very happy with what we were able to do.”

Hall said the team focused on the fundamentals during the offseason.

“We just started with the basics again,” Hall said. “We just tried to get our touches back so we could put those passes where we want them. Then we tried to get players to buy into being where they are supposed to be, get into open space and being able to make a play on the ball.”

Senior striker Katie Haner scored both of the Cougars’ goals. 

Reed City traveled to play Tri County on Monday and lost 8-0.

“This is definitely promising,” Hall said. “The confidence level is what I am most excited about. The girls know they can win and know how it works. Obviously there will be some teams that will make that hard for us, but they know how to do it. We will just have to see.”

Herald-Review sports writer Richard Mead contributed to this report.