Reed City falls in pre-districts to Shelby

REED CITY — Reed City fought off a hard pre-game rain Monday and nearly was able to hold back Shelby in a Division 3 pre-district soccer game.

Freshman forward Amy England scored two goals less than three minutes of each other late in the second half for a 2-0 Shelby victory over the Coyotes.

It’s the first time both teams played each other this season.

“Their speed didn’t seem to hurt us as much in the first half,” Reed City coach Bryan Hall said. “But they came out very, very fast in the second half. We couldn’t match their touches.”

Shelby took a 4-12-2 record to the district semifinals at Big Rapids Thursday against Fremont.

“The last seven games we’ve played have been 1-0, 2-1 games,” Shelby coach Pete Peterson said. “We did OK

because we put the ball in the net.”

Reed City’s season ends at 4-11.

The games started about an hour late because of heavy rains. Both teams had some good chances in the first 10 minutes, but goalkeeper Brenna Westhoff for Reed City and Elizabeth Kelly of Shelby shut the door. Lisa Emington had Reed City’s best scoring chance of the night with five minutes left in the first half, but the ball rolled wide.

England had some good scoring chances in first half and kept applying the pressure in the second. She shot one into the corner of the net 29:17 into the second half. The Tigers kept applying the pressure and England put in her second goal at 31:57.

“She’s been our top scorer,” Peterson said. “We were waiting for her to get loose. We have a speed advantage usually on top. But she wasn’t connecting with them. The one that held it together in the middle was Liz Ortiz. She makes the passes out of the middle. I kept telling her to pass the ball. We tell her to keep making those passes in the middle and good things will happen.”

“When we did get the ball, we couldn’t control it,” Hall said. “That was our hard part, trying to keep up with them. On the one goal, she dribble around us and shot on the goal. But I’m sure we were getting tired too.”

Hall was happy at halftime with a 0-0 game.

“We were both playing very good soccer, I thought,” he said. “We were limiting the shots on goal. it was a matter that someone is going to get one in.”