REED CITY — Both coaches were smiling after their respective teams earned a 1-1 tie on March 29 when Crossroads Charter Academy and Reed City opened their seasons with nonleague games.

“I’m very pleased overall for our first match of the season,” CCA coach Sara Cook said. “I was pleasantly surprised with how well they played together. It was a great first test for our team.”

Kiran Kaur scored at 24:55 of the first half to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead. Kaur said she took the ball and just drove to the net until she was able to convert.

Allyeha Chaney converted off a rush at 20:43 of the second half after Reed City goalkeeper Brenna Westhoff stopped CCA’s bid for a two-goal lead.

“Sam (Finkbeiner) passed it to me, she just booted it,” Chaney said. “It went past the left fullback. The sweeper was coming up and was running after it and I went so fast by her and she stumbled a little bit. The goalie dived to the right and I kicked it in the corner and it went in.”

The Coyotes with a 19-11 shots advantage, made several bids for the go-ahead goal. But Kaur almost had her second goal on a breakaway late in the game but was stopped by Westhoff.

Miranda Carlson had 21 saves as CCA’s keeper.

“Our defense did an incredible job of helping her,” Cook said. “This year, I’m excited to see the progress we’re going to make. We have girls who have played together for a couple of years and a strong incoming freshmen class that played together in middle school.”

Three key CCA players back from last year include Carlson, Kourtney McKinnon and Lydia Bennett.

“We’re looking for those three to lead the team,” Cook said. “We have experience (in net) and experience in the midfield. We have a lot of freshmen, but they’re very knowledgeable.”

Reed City coach Bryan Hall was pleased with his team’s offense, “especially in the first half. We were down there getting multiple scoring opportunities.”

The Coyotes come back from spring break to play at Tri County on April 11.