Reed City falls in districts to end soccer season

BIG RAPIDS — With a 5-0 Division 3 district semifinal victory over Reed City on Thursday, the Big Rapids boys soccer team ended the Coyotes’ season.

The Cardinals rode a strong performance from junior Jimmy Morningstar, who had two assists and two goals on the night, to set up a matchup against Ludington in the district final at Ludington High School on Saturday at noon. Ludington won that match.

Big Rapids jumped on the Coyotes early with a goal from Daniel Scsavnicki on an assist from Morningstar just five minutes into the game to take the early 1-0 lead. The Cardinals tacked on another goal with 17:56 left in the first half when Scott Vander Sloot scored a goal on an assist from Caleb Newlin to push the lead to 2-0.

The Cardinals were able to tack on one more goal before the half when Kyle Williamson put in a header on an assist from Morningstar to send Big Rapids into the half with a 3-0 advantage.

Big Rapids scored its fourth goal with 19:14 left in the second on a goal from Morningstar before he scored his second goal with 14:47 left in the second to give the Cardinals a 5-0 advantage.

That advantage held up as the Cardinals controlled the ball the rest of the way to secure the victory.

While the Coyotes came out on the losing end, Reed City coach Matt Webster said after going through the season with a young squad that only won two games, he sees the way the Coyotes played the Cardinals tough, especially in the first half, as an indicator of better things to come for the Reed City program.

“I was happy with the way we played (Thursday),” he said. “It was a really fun game to be a part of. We really applied some pressure on them defensively early on and we were able to string together some passes on offense. The goals they got on us were not easy goals.”

With only two seniors leaving the team after this season, Webster said he sees a much more experienced team coming back next season after the Coyotes were so young this season.

“We have a bunch of juniors from this year’s team who should be coming back next season and we have some good sophomores coming up as well,” he said. “We just need to keep working and I think (Thursday’s) game was a step in the right direction.”