Reed City falls to Benzie Central in season opener
REED CITY — Both coaches thought their respective girls soccer teams had several opportunities to score a lot of goals Monday night.
But Benzie Central coach Scott Kubit was contented with having two.
The Huskies notched the winning goal with less than a minute to play in Monday's 2-1 non-league victory over Reed City in the season opener for both teams.
It was a scoreless first half although several teams missed close calls. Early in the second half, Katelyn Ghent just missed a shot for Reed City while Anna Schmidt had a close call for Benzie.
“We had our opportunities,” Reed City coach Bryan Hall said. “They had several the first half. The wind played a big key. In the second half, we had four or five runs on the goalie. I was very happy the way the girls played. Some of them have not played before. We're still trying to figure it out. We did a good job.”
“We had a ton of chances to score but just didn't,” Kubit said. “We got lucky to win.”
Ghent scored the game's first goal for a 1-0 Coyote lead when the ball came from out the corner. Midway in the half, Megan Kubit converted on a penalty kick for the Huskies. Schmidt scored the winning shot with 40 seconds left when she raced down the field with the ball and fired a shot past Reed City sophomore goalie RayAnne Sheldon.
“I was a little frustrated because we missed five or six good chances in the first half,” Kubit said. “I hope we get it together. We play Cadillac on Wednesday.”
“They had one very really player (Schmidt) and several others,” Hall said. “For us to contain that defensively and fight the wind the first half made me happy.”
Misty Stiles was the winning goalie for Benzie Central.
Reed City is home Friday night against Crossroads and Saturday at Ludington.
Hall said he'll be focusing on positioning in upcoming practices.
“A lot of them don't know and are out there the first time they've played soccer,” Hall said. “It's totally different when you get into a game.”