Reed City girls drop soccer season opener to Newaygo

REED CITY – Reed City girls soccer coach Bryan Hall was elated to be outside and having an actual game on Wednesday, only the second official day of spring.

But after a 4-0 loss to Newaygo in non-league action, Hall also realizes there’s plenty of work to be done.

“We have a lot of new girls, trying to fit new girls to soccer and new girls to varsity,” Hall said. “Newaygo was a great team to get a feel for that. They’re strong and they’ve got some speed. Very quickly, we learned we’re only a week into the season. We’re not conditioned yet. We have a lot of things to work on.”

The Lions scored two goals in both halves and dominated the offensive action. Sarah Wisely led the Newaygo attack with two goals.

“I thought we tried hard,” Hall said. “In the second half, we were tired but we tried harder, I thought. We had some relatively minor injuries but still had to substitute some girls at key positions.”

Practices started March 13.

“We’ve been outside everyday, it’s been beautiful weather,” Hall said. “There’s still so much to work on with a young team. We’ve had to sacrifice what we would normally do conditioning to spend skills and stuff when you have a game this early.”

The Coyotes have just five seniors, including Lindsey Ridderman, a striker.

“It was a hard game,” she said. “We just need to work together since we’ve got new players. We’ll get stronger as the games go on.”

Hall noted that Ridderman and Morgan Cook are among the key returning players.

“Miranda Burch heads our defense,” he said, adding that some JV players came up early last year “because of our short numbers. They’re still working into the varsity.”

RayAnne Sheldon and Lauryn Stout handled the goalkeeping duties for Reed City.

The Coyotes play at Clare this Wednesday in another non-league game. After that, they’ll be on spring break for a week.

“Particularly positional play, skills and field positioning,” is what Hall said he hopes to see improvement in at the next game. A lot of times we were not where we should be. That makes that game harder.”