Reed City boys soccer team falls to Crossroads

BIG RAPIDS — The Crossroads Charter Academy’s boys soccer team was sitting comfortably when Ben Blackburn scored in the 58th minute to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead against visiting Reed City on Monday.

However, Coyotes senior Quinton Kichak scored at the 67-minute mark and the 75-minute mark to pull the team within one, but that was as close as Reed City would get in the 3-2 loss.

“I really loved the effort out of the guys,” Reed City first-year coach Cody Jacobs said. “We had fight until the end. I can’t fault the effort, just have to fix a few things defensively, support with the ball, that’s a big thing for us.”

The Cougars had several scoring chances in the first half before

finally converting in the 35th minute.

Brooks Angell sent a long pass up field to Blackburn, who beat a defender and snuck a shot short side past the Reed City goalkeeper.

Angell gave CCA a 2-0 lead three minutes into the second half on a penalty kick.

Angell made a bid for his second goal of the game 10 minutes later, but his header missed just wide. In the 58th minute, Tayo Fadayomi threaded a pass to Blackburn, who one-timed a shot into the top right corner.

Kichak’s second goal was on a penalty kick. “He definitely brings experience,” Jacobs said. “He’s a leader through and through. We’re going to lean on him quite a bit.”

The Coyotes play Wednesday at Tri County.

Saturday action

Reed City opened its season at the McBain Northern Michigan Invitational on Saturday. Reed City lost 3-0 to Buckley in the first game. They lost 3-2 to McBain NMC on penalty kicks. Thomas Quinn and Lorenzo Hornell scored during regulation for the Coyotes.