Reed City freshman eyes improvement with soccer team

REED CITY — Brandon Wirth has been displaying his value to the Reed City boys soccer team as a freshman.

The Coyotes entered the October part of their schedule with a win and were hopeful of a strong attack in the final weeks of the season.

“There’s definitely some things we have to work on,”  Wirth said after a recent match. “We have to capitalize on our opportunities. We have to control the tempo of the game and be more intense. We have to focus on the little things.”

Wirth, who also runs cross country, has been a striker and attacking-mid.

“I’m there to set up goals, basically,” he said. “Varsity is definitely more physical and different than in the lower leagues and AYSO and clubs. I feel there’s some ups and downs for me. I just have to work on some of the things to get better every day so when my senior year comes around, I’ll be ready.”

Ballhandling, passing and seeing the field have been strengths for Wirth, he indicated.

“I probably need to work on defense some more,” he said. “That’s one of the things I’m trying to improve on.”

The Coyotes are home Monday with Benzie Central in district action. They started practice almost two months ago and Wirth can see the progress. But there can still be some improvement, he indicated.

“Probably in our attitude before and after a game,” he said, indicating it’s critical for the team to play a full 80 minutes and not take off even a second. “Sometimes we’re a little laid back.”