New coach eager to make debut with Reed City soccer team this week

REED CITY — New Reed City boys soccer coach Doug Emington and his players have a very simple approach to the season:

“Doing the right things the right way.”

This marks the second week of practices. The preseason officially opened on Aug. 10.

“The hope is the upperclassmen will be leaders, especially in work ethic and focus,” Emington said, “and the underclassmen, the freshmen will learn how to play quick and play ball at the varsity level. They’re going to be a challenge, playing against seniors as freshmen. We hope that will turn into a benefit.”

There are 21 players on the team, Emington said on Monday. There is not enough for a separate junior varsity squad.

“We were targeting 32 for two teams, so that’s a goal for future years,” Emington said. “Of the 21, I have nine freshmen, so that’s something to work with. They have good attitudes.”

The strategy, overall, will be “working together and being an aggressive pressing team,” Emington said.

Junior Hunter Morrison and sophomore Brandon Wirth be back, playing various spots on the field. Also returning is Seth Phelps at midfield. Connor Golden (center mid) is a returning player. Hunter Diehl and Silas Schultz are set to be among the goalies. C.J. Cornelius is set to be a midfielder.

Reed City will have a scrimmage a Pine River on Thursday.

The season officially opens Saturday at the Northern Michigan Christian Invitational in a four-team tournament. The first home games are Aug. 23 against Crossroads Charter Academy and Aug. 24 against Big Rapids.