Reed City freshman scores only goal in 1-0 district win over Lakeview
REED CITY — Quinton Kichak has scored five goals as a striker in his freshman season of varsity and he’ll remember his fifth one for a long time.
Kichak scored the only goal Monday night in Reed City’s 1-0 victory over Lakeview in a Division 3 first-round game.
The season ends for Lakeview at 6-14-1 while Reed City, at 6-13-1, advances to the district semifinals Wednesday at Pine River against Comstock Park.
Kichak broke the scoreless tie in the second half.
“Trevor Nelson had a throw in to Ricky Droke,” Kichak said. “Ricky headed it, I had it and kicked it.”
The two teams split during the regular season.
“We wanted to move on,” Kichak said. “We played an all-around good game, good offense and defense. We haven’t been doing so well this year and this was definitely an improvement. It was the intensity and teamwork.”
Kichak has been happy with his varsity play as a ninth grader.
“It’s been pretty good for being one of the younger people on the team,” he said. “We have to keep passing and we have to have communication.”
It didn’t really surprise anyone that only one goal was scored.
“We had great defense. We cleared the ball,” Kichak added.
Reed City is 6-13-1. The Coyotes split with Lakeview during the regular season.
“We talked about all season that we needed to put 80 minutes together,” said Reed City coach Dave Mix. “(Monday) I think we did. We had some opportunities and finally led to a goal and we shut down a very talented team. The boys rose to the task.”
Ben Schermerhorn was the winning goalkeeper for the Coyotes.
Reed City is defending district champions.
“We have some seniors that have had opportunity to see the district title game,” Mix said. “We talked about one game at a time. I think experience pays off. We know to play. We just have to continue it.”
Lucas Sweet was goalkeeper for Lakeview.
“We knew it would be close,” said Lakeview coach Chris Smith. “The first two times we played, there were a lot of goals scored and I thought there’d be a few more than one. But I knew it would be a close game.”