REED CITY — Emily Nardone is in her senior soccer season and she’s enthused with early-season prospects.

Nardone, who also runs cross country, is a sweeper for the soccer team.

“I’m the last line of defense,” she said. “So when the ball comes to me, I keep other people offside and I clear the ball from that side of the field.”

It’s her second varsity season and Nardone indicated she has improved.

“I’m definitely having a better season,” she said. “It’s (a year of) maturity and I’m putting more into it this year. I’ve been going to training.”

The Coyotes started out the season with a 4-2 win over Crossroads.

“That was pretty big,” she said. “It was teamwork. Our passes were on point for the most part.”

Nardone wants to get better on conditioning.

“We can be as successful as we want to be,” she said, adding the Reed City defense depends on “who wants it the most.”

Spring break has ended and the Coyotes will be at home Wednesday against Grant and Monday against Big Rapids. They are at Kent City on April 22 and at Lakeview April 27.