Reed City falls in regular season finale

REED CITY — Traverse City Christian brought its No. 5 rating in Division 4 soccer to Reed City Thursday night in the regular-season finale for both teams and left with an impressive 5-0 victory.

McKenzie Domine scored the Sabres’ first goal midway through the first half, assisted by Ian Spencer. Later in the half, Andrew Bump gave TC Christian a 2-0 lead with a goal, assisted by Spencer. Domine, Spencer and Kevin Mannes added goals in the second half with assists to Paul Bump, Jon Tuck and Brad Benson.

“Our defense did a nice job in the backfield by controlling the ball,” said Sabres coach Ron Christie. “We didn’t have to play a tough physical game because we’re moving the ball so well. We were moving the ball in such a way to give us scoring opportunities.”

David Bump was goalkeeper for TC Christian, which is 17-1-1.

“They can pass among the best,” said Reed City senior defenseman Trevor Mund. “They compare to a Cadillac, I’d say. They have a physical presence on the field and know where to be at at the right times.”

“Every dimension of their game is just phenomenal,” said Reed City coach Dave Mix. “They possess the ball well, they run the lanes, change attack and obviously finish the ball in the back of the net well.”

Reed City ended its regular season at 9-8-1.

“We’ve had ups and downs,” Mund said. “We’ve had a couple of streaks. Staying consistent is the key.”

Mund is in his second year of playing soccer overall. He’s a defenseman.

“It’s been a better season,” he said, especially “knowing where to be at on the field.”

The Coyotes will play next Thursday in the districts at Big Rapids against the winner of Tuesday’s Manistee-Mason County Central for a semifinal round game 7 p.m. The finals are Oct. 22, also in Big Rapids.

The Coyotes defeated both MCC (4-1) and Manistee (6-2) during the regular season.

“I think we’re capable to beating anyone in the districts,” Mix said adding that on the other side of the district bracket, “I think Ludington and Big Rapids are headed for a collision course.”

“I think we can make a good run in the districts,” Mund said. “We have to keep the midfield controlled.”

The Coyotes will enter districts confident of their chances.

“I think they see the big picture,” Mix said. “They realize as a unit we can play very well and that’s what we’re looking to do in the postseason.”