Junior striker enjoys strong season for Reed City

REED CITY — Lindsey Ridderman has accomplished plenty this season for Reed City’s girls soccer team.

The Coyote junior plays the striker’s position.

She scored a goal recently for the Coyotes in a 3-0 win over Custer-Mason County Eastern. But a two-goal performance in a 2-2 tie against Clare in early May was also a special highlight.

“We just need to work better as a team,” said Ridderman, in her first varsity year. “I played up (with varsity) for a few games last year and was up for districts.”

Scoring and passing have been her main roles.

“I can dribble pretty well and pass,” she said.

The game against Clare and wins against CSAA foe Holton have been some key team highlights, Ridderman noted.

“We want to work hard and hopefully make it to district finals,” Ridderman said. “We have to play strong all the way around.”

On Monday, May 23, the Coyotes notched a 3-0 non-league win at home over Custer-Mason County Eastern. Morgan Cook scored two goals for the Coyotes. Ridderman also had a goal, assisted by Kelsey Brown.

Reed City lost 8-0 to Ludington Thursday at home to end the regular season.

Ludington scored four goals in each half. Clare Paxton wound up with three goals for the Orioles while Bele Wollesen had two goals.

Reed City fell to 5-8-2.

“We lost 7-0 to them last year,” said RC coach Bryan Hall. “We knew they were going to be solid. It’s tough to play a team like that going into districts. You have to learn a good team is going to force errors and capitalize off of them. They certainly did.”

Ludington improved to 9-11-2.

“I wish we played just a little bit quicker,” said Ludington coach Kris Anderson. “The second half, especially, we created some opportunities and finished well. It’s a good ending to the season going into districts, finishing strong.”

Reed City played Fremont in a district game this past Tuesday with hopes to advancing to a later round this week.

“They’re not as good as they’ve been in the past but they’re still good,” Hall said. “They beat Manistee 1-0 and we lost to Manistee 1-0. We’ll have to play a very good game. But we’re capable of it.”