Reed City forward set to have banner season

REED CITY  — Liza Emington is being counted upon by the Reed City girls soccer team to have a productive season to help the Coyotes make a bid for a winning record.

Emington will be a midfielder or forward, and is in her third year of varsity soccer. The first two years have gone “pretty good for me,” she said. “I’ve been scoring my first few years, but the team has struggled.”

This season, “I feel that a lot of us have improved individually,” Emington said. “We did some indoor soccer this winter. I think we’ll be better.”

She acknowledged when she’s on the field, her role is to score.

“We’ll have good footwork,” Emington said. “We’re not as speedy this year, but we’re working on it.”

The Coyotes had two outdoor practices prior to a game March 29 against Crossroads, which resulted in a 1-1 tie.

“It’s good being outside,” Emington said. “We get to feel how it is to be around the field and get our positioning.”

The roster numbers are favorable for Reed City soccer.

“We’ll be all right,” Emington said. “We have a few girls out with injuries. I feel we’ll have a lot of winnable games this year.”

The Coyotes will play at Tri County on Monday and be home April 13 against Newaygo in a pair of Central State Activities Association Gold Division games.

“Our offense has to be as good as our defense,” Emington said. “We lost two seniors, so we have a lot of seniors coming back.”