Newaygo’s strong second half too much for Reed City soccer team

REED CITY — It was a tight first half when Reed City’s soccer team played Newaygo on Wednesday in Central State Activities Association action.

The Coyotes trailed only 1-0 at the intermission, but the Lions offense exploded in the second half for four goals and a 5-0 victory.

Reed City (0-2-1, 0-1-1) was coming off an 8-0 loss to Tri County on Monday.

“We were really happy,” Reed City coach Bryan Hall said. “There was a lot of good stuff in the first half. But I could see they had a lot of opportunities that didn’t quite connect but were close. They started getting some of those together in the second half. We couldn’t keep up with their speed and they were able to put some shots on.”

Kyla Saldana scored the only goal in the first half for Newaygo (1-1-1). Brita Pratt put in two goals the second half while Keslie Auw and Mariah Villarreal had one apiece. Jenna Janke was the winning goalkeeper

Discipline was a key factor for his team, Newaygo coach Jason Long said.

“We had some trouble with being offsides in the first half and being disciplined and timing our runs,” Long said. “That was a big key in the second half. We stayed onside and had some good shots.”

Pratt scored her second goal at the 37:41 mark of the second half. Auw and Villarreal put the game away with goals within two minutes of each other midway in the second half for a 4-0 lead.

“They played us real tough in the first half,” Long said. “It was real competitive.”

“I thought we played well,” Hall said. “We attacked the ball well. We put some passes together on our own and moved the ball up and down the field. I’m seeing some things coming together that we’re working on. We got several offsides calls (against Newaygo). We’ve worked on that some. That paid off for us.”

Reed City goalkeeper Brenna Westhoff, was busy for most of the game and made some key saves.

“Lauren Voelker had a very good game,” Hall said. “She fills a lot of positions for us. She allowed some people to get some breaks. She had a strong game.”

Reed City is home Wednesday against Grant in CSAA Gold action.