Offense comes alive for Coyotes

Reed City makes most of its opportunities in 4-1 win over Benzie Central

REED CITY — The offense came alive for the Reed City Coyotes girls soccer team and the result was a 4-1 victory Monday over Benzie Central.

Lindsey Ridderman scored two goals while Kalee Hensel added a goal and assist for the Coyotes and Kendra Repo also scored for a Reed City team that improved to 2-11.

Ridderman scored at the 32-minute and 18-minute marks of the first half and was assisted on her second goal by Tia Lintemuth. Morgan Cook had a penalty kick late in the half for the Coyotes and Benzie goalie Ashley Wixon made the clutch save.

“We passed well and we pressured the ball,” said Reed City coach Bryan Hall. “I told the girls we did the things we always do. We just did them a little better.”

Reed City junior Kalee Hensel said the team wasn’t doing much differently than it had all season during Monday’s win, outside of finishing scoring chances.

“We played real well together,” Hensel said. “We play like this every game. It’s just that some teams are tougher. Sometimes we don’t finish our shots. (Monday), we finished and played well together.”

Just 47 seconds into the second half, Kalee Hensel broke free and put in her third goal of the season.

“I was open so I just shot it,” Hensel smiled. “I was really excited. It’s my first year.”

Benzie Central stayed alive midway in the period when Erin Thompson put in the Huskies’ first goal. The Huskies continued to put some pressure on but the Coyote defense prevailed. Kendra Repo poked the ball into the net with 6:18 to play for the Coyotes’ final goal. Hensel drew an assist.

“Passing was a key and playing pressure defense all over the field because that keeps the other team from passing the ball,” Hall said. “The defense was great.”

Goalkeepers for the Coyotes were RayAnne Sheldon in the first half and Heather Tacey in the second.

Benzie Central falls to 0-12.

“We could have played better,” said Benzie coach Scott Kubit. “There were moments in the game where we possessed the ball and passed it. We didn’t do it for very long. I was very happy with the first seven minutes of both halves. I thought we possessed (the ball) real well. We created a few chances but didn’t always shoot on them.”

Reed City is in action at home again on Wednesday against Lakeview. The junior varsity game starts at 4:30 p.m. followed by the varsity contest at 6 p.m.

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