Reed City advances with 4-1 win over Chippewa Hills

Strong first half vaults Coyotes past Warriors, will play Big Rapids next week

REED CITY -- Reed City advanced to the next round of the Division 3 soccer districts after beating Remus Chippewa Hills 4-1 on Wednesday.  

The Coyotes used the elements to their advantage, with a mist making the game slippery for both teams. Reed City was able to jump out to a 4-0 halftime advantage, allowing Chippewa Hills' only goal late in the second half. 

“We played well today. We passed well to begin with. And we won quite a few 50/50 balls like we always tried to do,” RC coach Andrea Pollaski said. “We played the rain good, like we had a couple of shots that skipped into the goal on purpose. Our defense played hard; they had a really good player up top, and our defense played well against her.” 

Senior Paige Lofquist scored two of the goals for Reed City, knocking in a goal that slipped through the goalie's mitts in the wet conditions. On the second goal, Lofquist dribbled through the defense before going to the right corner of the net.  

“I thought we performed very well, we did very well in our passing aspect of the game and are going through and just working well together,” Lofquist said. 

Other Coyotes who scored goals were freshman Alain Hanson and sophomore Kali Horchner.  

Chippewa Hills saw its season end, fighting to the very end with junior Melinda Burgess scoring with less than five minutes to go. Head coach Jay Franks gave some positives to the team's performance. 

“We were at it all game. We kept it positive. We were working as a team. They played marvelously to what I expected,” Franks said. 

The Warriors finished the season 5-12. 

Reed City will be taking on the Big Rapids Cardinals, the winners of the CSAA conference tournament. 

“Well, I think everybody's plan is to try to counterattack," Pollaski said. "I don't know if that's even going to be our plan. But you know, that's always in the back of our head. They play their defense really far out. Hopefully we can find a longer pass and get past their defense and take an early shot because their goalie plays way out too.” 

The Coyotes improve their record to 10-6-2 and will take on Big Rapids next Tuesday, at the Brookwood Athletic Complex in Clare.