Donley ready to make key contributions for soccer team

REED CITY — Megan Donley is a junior for Reed City’s soccer team that will be counted upon to give the Coyotes key contributions during the season.

She played a full varsity season as a sophomore. She’s a three-sport athlete for the Coyotes. Her ability to get in much off-season soccer time was a challenge.

“Basketball and volleyball are pretty heavy,” she said, adding that she’s been able to stay in shape for all three sports.

Donley will be a fullback this year for the Coyotes.

“I’m back on defense so I’m around the goal and I defend our goal,” she said. It’s a role she has usually played.

“I like (defending) the ball and taking it to the offense to start our offensive attack,” she said. “We have to stay tight and not let cutters get in between us an keep the ball outside.”

Fullback was a new position for Donley last year.

“I played a striker my freshman year,” he said. “It took me awhile to get used to (fullback). I think I got used to it fairly well. I like all positions. I don’t care either way. I usually get it to the midfield. So if I get an assist, it’s from the (midfielder’s goal).”

As a soccer player, “I’m pretty good in stepping to the ball,” Donley said. “When a striker gets there, before they shoot, I step to the ball and cut it off so they can’t shoot.”

Weather permitting, Reed City was scheduled to play at Crossroads Tuesday of this week and Monday at Tri County with home games March 31 with McBain Northern Michigan Christian and Aprl 1 with Newaygo.

“Normally, we focus on passing and moving the ball around to get into the frame of mind of soccer again from other sports and start working as a team,” she said. “We definitely lost some important players last year, but we have some pretty strong players that are willing to play for us this year and might fit the roles pretty well.”

“The key will be working as a team and moving the ball really well,” Donley added. “We only have two seniors. By midseason, I think we’ll be pretty solid.”