Lakeview blanks Reed City girls

REED CITY — Reed City was able to beat the thunderstorm to get in its regular-season finale Wednesday against Lakeview.

But the Coyotes (2-12) weren’t able to beat the Wildcats, who scored two goals in the first half and three in the second for a 5-0 Central State Activities Association victory.

The game ended three minutes early after lightening was sighted.

Reed City senior Lauren Voelker stormed down the field with the ball and fired at net with 14 minutes to play, but the save was made.

“We played well early and were putting together some passes,” Reed City coach Bryan Hall said. “We just couldn’t get through their defense. Then we couldn’t slow them down. They got rolling, especially in the second half.”

Tricia Beckett and Lucia Sanchez Conde scored two goals for Lakeview (10-8). Devin Ward also scored.

“I thought the girls did a nice job of controlling the game,” Lakeview coach Chris Smith said. “Reed City had a few good scoring chances and hit the crossbar a couple of times. I thought we were in control most of the time.”

“We did make some runs offensively and that’s always promising,” Hall said. “We’ll look for that.”

Goalkeeper Danielle Carpenter had the shutout for the Wildcats.

“We talked at halftime on getting more aggressive on follow up shots,” Smith said. “I thought we got a couple of good goals in the second half.”

For the Coyotes, it was the final home game for Voelker, goalkeeper Brenna Westhoff and fellow seniors Megan Donley, Liza Emington, Samantha Finkbeiner, Lindsey Kienitz, Taylor Morgan, Sarina Sweet, Kendra White and Hannah Zigman.

Reed City played Big Rapids in a district game on Tuesday.

“We’ll try to get in their way a little bit and slow them down,” Hall said prior to that game. “They are fast and good.”

“We’re getting better, slowly but surely,” Donley said. “We really need to work on transitioning the ball. That’s our biggest weakness. We have a lot of the skill to eventually win more games. We just have to work on things. I think our defense has improved a lot.”