Reed City falls in soccer districts

By Brian Fogg Pioneer Sports Network

MANISTEE — Manistee defeated Reed City 8-2 last Wednesday in a Division 3 predistrict soccer game.

The Chippewas rode the momentum left over from an 8-0 win two days earlier against Mason County Central and kept it going in the opening minutes against the Coyotes.

That wasn’t before Reed City surprised everybody in attendance with the opening goal five minutes in. The Coyotes’ Hunter Morrison scored on a free kick from 22 yards that woke everybody up.

“I think it woke them up real quick. It woke them all up,” Manistee coach Brandon Prince said. “(Our keeper) Shane made an attempt at it, but you can’t lay back and that’s a prime example of it. If you do that against one of the better teams you play in our conference that would have been it.”

“I think it served as a reminder that we need to step back and play our game and know that things can happen,” senior midfielder A.J. Reau said.

Only 40 seconds later Luis Off kept his scoring streak going with the first of his five goals on the night. In the last two games he has nine goals.

After the first goal they didn’t wait long to knock another one in with Off scoring again in the 13th minute with a pass from William Elbers. Once Manistee had a lead the goals kept coming with Emil Kallio, Zach Davis, Nick Harthun and two more from Off all coming in the first half.

The Chippewas took a 7-2 lead into the half and they were able to coast home in the second half with only one more goal from Off to ultimately win 8-2.

Despite the big loss to end the Coyotes’ season, Reed City coach Doug Emington said there were positives to be taken away.

“We’ve improved over the course of the season. We’re a really young team. We have 10 freshmen and we’re playing them all,” Emington said. “We’ve been mercied in several games against teams lesser than this team we played.”