Reed City blanks Lakeview 3-0 in first round of district, falls to Tri County

REED CITY — It’s true. It isn’t easy in high school sports to beat the same team three times in one season.

Reed City’s soccer team provided proof of that last week. The Coyotes had lost to Lakeview twice during the regular season, but in the Division 3 first round district game Oct. 14, the Coyotes had the upper hand, coming away with a 3-0 win.

Reed City then lost to Tri County 8-1 in the final Thursday at Big Rapids.

Seth Phelps, Abe Angious and Quinton Kichak scored for the Coyotes while goalkeeper Troy Giese recorded the shutout as the keeper.

“It was a very nice win,” Reed City coach Betty Kichak said. “They played hard and wanted to be (in the district semifinals) on Thursday. And guess what? That’s where we’re at.”

Phelps plays left wing for the Coyotes.

“I’ve been working on my left foot a lot,” he said, “and having the team getting used to me because I’m a freshman.”

At the eight-minute mark of the first half, Angious converted for the two-goal advantage.

Kichak put in a key insurance goal off a direct kick at the 22-minute mark of the second half.

“We had the possession, we had the passes and the shots on goal,” Betty Kichak said, adding that the early goals “helped immensely.”

Reed City is 2-14, although the Coyotes had to forfeit other wins during the season after it was discovered one of its players was ineligible.

The Tri County Vikings outscored the Reed City Coyotes 16-2 in two games during the regular season and kept the offense coming in the postseason as Reed City fell, 8-1, in the district semifinal. 

Kichak scored at 18:34 of the first half to knot things up at 1-1. 

“The first game we played with them was the first of the season and we had our own mind games to play in that one,” Betty Kichak said. “When we played the second time, we gave them a little show. This one we gave them a little show too.”

However, the tie didn’t last long and Tri County scored seven unanswered goals.

“They’re just a good aggressive team,” Reed City sweeper Thayne Stieg said. “They came out and scored a quick one, but we got one back, but they kind of just turned it on and we couldn’t do anything to stop them.”

Sportswriter Daine Pavloski contributed to this report.