By Martin Slagter Pioneer News Network REED CITY \u2014 It might not look good on the scoreboard, but Reed City soccer coach Bryan Hall is continuing to see one positive that he\u2019s seen all year from his team: Solid defense. Despite a 4-0 setback to Manistee on Wednesday, the Coyotes managed to keep the game close throughout, tightly contesting the ball when the Chippewas were on the attack. \u201cWe\u2019re losing big, but we\u2019ve been playing solid defensively,\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019re just not controlling the midfield. We\u2019re stopping them in front of the goal. Obviously when you do that, they\u2019re within shooting range.\u201d When Manistee\u2019s Desiree Maidens-Sedelmaier got those shots at close range, she put them out of reach during a three goal, one assist afternoon. Hall said the reason Maidens-Sedelmaier was able to get such quality shot opportunities came down to his team not winning balls at midfield, leading to plenty of short-range attempts among the Chippewas\u2019 19 shots. \u201cWe were getting beat to the ball,\u201d Hall said. \u201cSo we don\u2019t win that possession. That was happening at a lot of different positions for us, but primarily the midfield.\u201d After a Lindsey Ridderman cross to Kalee Hensel ended with a shot going high in front of Manistee\u2019s goal, Maidens-Sedelmaier split the defense and beat RayAnne Sheldon to make it 1-0 with 25:34 left in the first half. Maidens-Sedelmaier then found Allie Mallison on a nice crossing pass to make it 2-0 with 19:14 left in the half. Manistee (5-5-2) coach Rudy Guillen said he likes the way his team is communicating on the offensive attack during its recent three-game win streak. \u201cWe\u2019ve been working a lot on attacking formations in practice,\u201d he said. \u201cI think we did a nice job of getting good touches and playing well in space. We were very unselfish in the box.\u201d No player has bought into that philosophy more than Maidens-Sedelmaier, who has embraced the role of facilitator in her senior season as team captain. \u201cIn my first three years on the team I scored a lot of goals but only had three assists total,\u201d she said. \u201cI\u2019ve already got five this year. It\u2019s not always fun being the one who scores, I like to get others involved.\u201d Hall said his team didn\u2019t have an answer for Maidens-Sedelmaier on Wednesday. \u201cShe has very good ball skills,\u201d he said. \u201cThat\u2019s hard to defend. We really didn\u2019t have an answer, so a couple of players pick her up as she moves in (on the attack). The biggest thing is to deny her the ball, which we didn\u2019t do.\u201d Maidens-Sedelmaier would score again to close out the first half when she gained control of a loose ball in front of the net and knocked it in with 58 seconds left in the half. She then collected a hat trick with 29:05 left in the game to make it 4-0. Reed City, which managed six shots for the game, had a few chances to get on the board, none perhaps bigger than a crossing pass from Ridderman to Hensel with 14:58 remaining, but Manistee\u2019s Candice Coyle came up with the stop. Guillen said he believes his team is playing some of its best soccer heading into a tough challenge on Friday at Whitehall. \u201cGranted, it\u2019s always nice to win, but I think this (win) streak has given us some confidence,\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019re going to need to continue to play well if we\u2019re going to have a chance (against Whitehall).\u201d Reed City is in action Friday when it travels to Shelby. Visit the photo gallery to see more photos from this game.