Coyotes soccer opens season Monday

REED CITY — Getting outdoors and increasing the number of players in the program.

Those two objectives have been on the mind of Reed City girls soccer coach Bryan Hall, whose team is on spring break and will return on Monday with their first game of the season.

The Coyotes completed three weeks of practice last Friday and had yet to enjoy the chance of being outdoors.

“We’re focusing on having enough for two teams, JV and varsity,” Hall said, adding that the players are also zeroing in on “getting good touches on the ball, strength and conditioning.”

The roster is likely to have 16 players on the varsity and 12 on the JVs.

“We graduated 12,” Hall said. “We only had one junior on the team.”

Senior Kelsey Brown will be playing center midfielder. Other seniors on the rosters are Samantha Kailing and Kelsie Walls.

Hall is also high on sophomore Morgan Cook. “We may try her at different positions,” he said, adding that junior Lauryn Stout “played up as a sophomore. She’ll probably be attacking center mid. She’s a solid player for us.”

The first game is scheduled for Monday at home against Benzie Central. There’s also a home game set for April 15 with Crossroads Charter Academy. After the Ludington Invitational on April 16, the Coyotes are home April 18 against Holton and April 25 against Lakeview.

“We won’t be practicing before our first game,” said Hall, noting that his team gets back from spring break the same day as the season opener.

The Coyotes are at Big Rapids on April 27 and play the Cardinals at home May 16.