Lakeview soccer team edges Reed City in game shortened by thunderstorm

LAKEVIEW — Reed City girls soccer coach Bryan Hall had a feeling one goal might do the trick Wednesday night in his team’s Central State Activities Association (CSAA) game with Lakeview.

He was right.

Lakeview scored midway in the first half and enjoyed a 1-0 lead at halftime. Just 31 seconds into the second half, the officials delayed the game because of lightning. As the teams waited for almost an hour, and the thunder and lightning would not stop, it was called an official 1-0 game.

“We did well, we started out well,” Hall said. “I thought we started out strong. We got a couple of injuries and have some JVs up and trying to help fill some spots. We’ve talked about it before that when the weather is threatening, then you can’t get down a goal. You end up in this situation where you don’t get to finish the game and it’s a loss instead of a tie or something else.”

On the goal, Reed City keeper Brenna Westhoff nearly secured the ball before being challenged for it by Lakeview’s Brookleyn Reed.

“They came to the ball at the same time and the ball squirted out,” Lakeview coach Chris Smith said.

Devin Wood put the ball in the net for the Wildcats. That would prove to be the game-winner

“It was in my hands and (teammate) Lauren (Voelker) was trying to protect me, but then she got pushed over and then she kind of (hit) me and the ball got loose,” Westhoff said.

The Coyotes put on some surges later in the first half, including one when Katelin Reed fired a shot wide of the net.

“It was pretty competitive and pretty evenly matched,” Smith said. “We’ve had a couple of close losses against Newaygo and Big Rapids. So it was good to get out again and play. Unfortunately, you can’t fight Mother Nature.”

Danielle Grant was Lakeview’s keeper.

“I think we played pretty solid,” Westhoff said. “We’ve been out practicing this week and (Tuesday). We went out and did pretty good.”

During halftime, before the lightning came, Hall offered encouraging words to his players.

“We were down a goal, so I said we’d push a little harder on offense and maybe push up a little more and try to get that goal,” he said. “I was afraid this is where we would end up with the weather deciding the game.”

Lakeview blanked Reed City 2-0 earlier this season.

“I thought we contained them a little better and we definitely had more offensive attacks,” Hall said. “(Wednesday), we definitely were threatening more.”