Droke off to strong scoring start for Reed City

REED CITY — Ricky Droke has matched his scoring total from last season in only his first three games.

But the Reed City co-captain and outside center-midfielder is ready to put even more shots in the net as the season progresses.

Droke scored in the first half for a 1-0 Reed City lead and broke open a 1-1 tie with his second goal at the 2-0 minute mark of the second half in a 2-1 Coyote Central State Activities Association boys soccer victory Thursday night over Lakeview.

“The whole game, we weren’t passing very well,’” Droke said. “The two great passes from Eric Reed and Matt Kienitz, they were beautiful balls and all I had to do was touch it.”

Reed assisted on Droke’s first goal with a throw-in while Kienitz kicked a pass to Droke for the second.

The Coyote junior scored two goals in Reed City’s first game and one in the second.

It’s Droke’s third varsity season. A year ago, he notched five goals the entire season.

“I think it’s my teammates and their passing,” Droke said. “I couldn’t do it without them.”

Droke said he and the forwards have been able to connect.

“We know where to go at the right time,” he said.

Droke said he’s trying to get more power on his shot.

The team is playing “awesome,” Droke said. “It’s the best team I’ve ever seen. We have to focus on Big Rapids now. It’s like a family. We can get along good. We know what we’re doing. After soccer, we’re always hanging out.”

“He recognizes when the opportunities are there,” said Reed City coach Dave Mix. “Tonight, he used his head twice. He’s complementing both Eric Reed and Matt Kienitz. Defensively, teams are having a tough time trying to watch all three.”

John Bennett scored the only goal for Lakeview early in the second half.

Dylan Kichak had seven saves as goalkeeper for Reed City, 3-0. The Coyotes had 16 shots.

Lakeview fell to 0-3.

‘The biggest thing we have to do is continue to maintain possession with the pass,” said Mix. “We tend to try to extend the field strictly on the dribble.”

Reed City was home Tuesday against Big Rapids and plays Wednesday at Tri County.


The Bucks lost 7-0 to Roscommon on Friday at home.

Eric Martin and Nathaniel Millen both had good games for us,” said Pine River coach Eric Gebhard. “Josh Ecker in goal had a pretty good game for us. He had 32 saves.”

The Bucks played in Bellaire on Wednesday.