Improvement not enough for Reed City soccer against Newaygo

Big Rapids overpowers Grant 4-1

REED CITY—The improving soccer Coyotes just couldn't muster enough offense on Monday to win against Newaygo 2-1 on Sept. 19.

Reed City and Newaygo looked evenly matched throughout the evening as the only goals came within the final 10 minutes of the first half on Monday night. The Coyotes could not claw back from the 2-1 halftime deficit, getting shutout in the second half.

"I mean, we came out there. We had a lot of shot opportunities, and they just weren't going in." Reed City coach Courtney Murphy said.

Scoring started with 9:47 left in the first half when Newaygo was able to get behind the Reed City defense.

Reed City was able to answer quickly as Jared Johnson scored the Coyotes lone goal on the evening, kicking in a crosser with 6:52 left in the first half. Johnson gave his thoughts on the team's offensive performance on the evening.

"We did a lot better than most games," Johnson said. "But like I said, there's still some stuff we got to work on. There's some passes we're lacking on and stuff like that, communicating. Every game, we're starting to communicate a little bit better."

The tie was short lived though, as with 2:07, Newaygo was able to score off of a crosser of its own.

In the second half, both defenses played tight, not allowing a goal. Despite a defensive push by Reed City with less than two minutes to go that saw a corner kick come close to connecting, the Coyotes were unable to force a tie.

"Quite honestly, every game we've been improving, every practice we've been improving, and by the time tournament play starts, hopefully we have everything good to go moving forward. We're a young team, but there's a lot of kids stepping up." Murphy said.

Central State Activities Association standings

Team, CSAA, All

Kent City, 3-1, 8-1-1; Big Rapids, 3-1, 5-5-1; Grant, 3-1, 5-6-0; Newaygo 3-1, 5-5; Lakeview, 1-3, 4-6; Tri County, 1-3, 2-9; Reed City, 0-5, 1-10