Chippewas avenge early season loss with 4-1 victory Monday

REED CITY — After falling to Reed City in the first game of the season, the Manistee boys soccer team got a little revenge on the Coyotes with a 4-1 road victory on Monday. Reed City defeated the Chippewas 1-0 in the opening round of the Leland Invitational to start the 2013 season, but Manistee returned the favor with a win Monday to improve to 6-12 overall. Manistee coach Rudy Guillen said he was pleased with the solid all-around effort he saw from his squad in the victory. "I like the possession that we had out there," he said. "We seemed to control the pace of play quite a bit. Our shot selection was sometimes not the greatest although we took a lot of shots, which is something we're always looking at. "I was really pleased with the way we played at the midfield," he continued. "Our defense had some good moments and some rough moments there but they cleaned it up and I was real glad with the way the guys played together." The Chippewas struck first with a goal from Emil Pedersen 5:45 into the first half and added another score with a goal from Aleksander Bredal-Olsen 14:11 into the first to take the early 2-0 lead. The Coyotes responded just 20 seconds later with a goal from Wyatte Baker to trim the Chippewas' lead to 2-1 but Manistee answered back with a goal from Cody McShane four minutes before the half to give Manistee a 3-1 advantage at the break. The Chippewas recorded the final goal of the night 9:36 into the second period when Blake Davis scored a goal on an assist from McShane to secure the victory for Manistee. For a young Coyotes' team that finishes the regular season at 2-15 overall with Monday's loss, Reed City coach Matt Webster said he was glad to still see the fight the Coyotes displayed all season come through in Monday's game. "All season long, nobody gave up," he said. "I was hoping for a win (Monday) since we beat them earlier in the season but we didn't go into this thinking it was a gimme. We played tough and got a goal from our senior, which was a bright spot. Wished we would have tightened up our defense on the post because I didn't think they should have had four (goals) on us." Even though the teams have already faced off twice during the regular season, they have a chance to meet up once again in the Division 3 District 46 semifinal on Thursday, Oct. 17 in Ludington if the Chippewas were to beat Big Rapids in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Chippewa Field. Reed City has a first-round bye to open district play. Both coaches viewed Monday's game as a test run between two squads that may run into one another soon. "It's nice to see what's out there and the way they play," Guillen said. "We've worked hard this past month or so on a few different things and on getting people in the right positions and playing the positions they're supposed to play. It's coming along well and we're liking what we're seeing, so I'm looking forward to starting the postseason." With Monday's loss to the Chippewas and a 7-0 loss to Big Rapids on Oct. 1, Webster said he hopes those two losses serve as motivation for the Coyotes as they prepare to face either the Cardinals or the Chippewas in the district semifinals next week. "I think that will be a big motivator for us," he said. "We'll have either (Manistee) or Big Rapids, which are recently in our memories, so that will be good for us to say, 'This is what we've got to do this week getting ready for the postseason if we're going to sneak a win out against either of those teams.'" Manistee (6-12) finishes out the regular season on Thursday with a home contest against Benzie while the Coyotes (2-15) will wait until next Wednesday to face either the Chippewas or the Cardinals in district semifinal action next Thursday at Ludington High School.