Coyotes lose soccer opener to Lakeview 2-1
REED CITY — After missing its first seven scheduled games, the Reed City girls soccer team finally got some game action in Monday in a 2-1 loss to Lakeview.
With the unpredictable spring weather keeping the Coyotes off the field until finally getting clear conditions Monday, Coyotes head coach Bryan Hall said his squad looked like a team playing their first game of the season.
“You could tell it was our first game,” he said. “We got beat to the ball a lot. We’re not conditioned yet. We played hard, but when they beat us to the ball, they would make a good pass and we were chasing them around.”
The first goal of the contest came from Lakeview’s Brookelyn Reed with 12:15 left in the first half, as she snuck behind the Coyotes’ defense for the scoring opportunity.
In a 1-0 hole coming out of halftime, Reed City battled back to knot the score at 1-1 on a goal from Makenzie Switzer with 31:57 left in the game.
The lead didn’t last long though, as Reed knocked in the eventual game winning goal for Lakeview just 29 seconds after Switzer’s score.
The game ended with a scary scene in the final two minutes, as Reed City’s Alex Donley collided with a Lakeview player, somersaulting and landing on her head and neck.
An ambulance was called out to the game, but Hall said it was just a precautionary measure and that Donley didn’t suffer a major injury.
“She landed on her neck and she said it really hurt,” he said. “With it being the neck, we just didn’t want to take any chances.”
RayAnne Sheldon manned the goal for the Coyotes, making four saves on the day.
“(RayAnne) didn’t know she was playing keeper (Monday) until she got here, but she did fine out there,” Hall said. “For a first game, we’re happy to be out here and just get a game in. We have a lot to work on and we’ll keep going forward.”
The Coyotes are next scheduled to play at Big Rapids on Wednesday.