Coyotes soccer team earns academic all-state honor

REED CITY — For the fourth straight season, the Reed City girls soccer team has earned all-state academic honors from the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association.

“It was a goal for the girls to maintain that status,” Reed City coach Bryan Hall said. “You need a team 3.3 grade point average. Ours was 3.5.”

The Coyotes also received recognition in other areas. Lindsey Ridderman led the way for individual honors by being named to the first team for all-district and all-Central State Activities Association (CSAA).

Ridderman, a junior left striker, had four goals and two assists for Reed City.

“I was really excited about it,” she said of her all-conference honors. “It’s a big accomplishment for me. I wasn’t really expecting it.”

It was Ridderman’s first full varsity season. She said scoring was among her main roles.

“I was pretty satisfied with my season,” she said. “Hopefully we’ll be better next year. I played a few games up last year so it wasn’t that much of a transition.”

One of her best games was against non-league foe Clare, in which Ridderman scored both goals in a 2-2 tie.

For both all-district and the CSAA, Miranda Burch, Morgan Cook and Lauryn Stout were on the honorable mention list for Reed City. Kelsey Brown earned CSAA honorable mention honors.

“It was a tough season for the girls,” said Hall. “They were used to doing better. A lot of the teams that played were way up this year. The competition was good.”

Hall said plans are currently under way for an open field schedule for this summer.