Reed City falls to Ludington
REED CITY — It was a preview of this week’ s Ludington at Reed City girls soccer match in the first round of the Division 3 district.
But the Coyotes no doubt would prefer a repeat of the first half rather than the second.
In a regular-season nonleague game Thursday night, the Orioles battled Reed City to a 1-0 lead in the first half but exploded for six in the second in a 7-0 victory.
For Ludington coach Kris Anderson, it was a good chance to play on the field where all the district games will be staged this week.
“We got a good feel for the field and a good feel for what we expect next week in districts,” Anderson said. “The first 10 minutes of the second half we got what we were looking for next week and beyond.”
The Reed City-Ludington winner from Tuesday of this week advanced to the semifinals later in the week.
Hannah Doggett scored the only goal in the first half.
But then Ludngton’s offense came alive in the second half. Maren Hystad scored at 38:40 for 2-0 lead and Lexy Morris booted in three consecutive goals within the next 10 minutes for a 5-0 advantage.
“I thought we did well the first half,” said Reed City coach Bryan Hall. “Then we gave up a couple of quick ones and decided to get everyone in the game and try to rest some of the other girls.”
Emma Lenzi and Madeleine Haugli netted the next two goals and it was 7-0 with 16 minutes to play.
“We’ve had senior leadership and solid keeper play and solid defense,” Anderson said. “It’s not just our backline but our midfield as well. We limit the other team’s shots and give us a solid opportunity to win.”
Heather Tacey, Reed City’s goalkeeper, made several key saves to prevent Ludington from additional scoring.
“We’ll have some of the other girls back we didn’t have tonight,” Hall said. “Hopefully that will make a difference.”
The Coyote fell to 0-11. Ludington is 12-4 overall.