Reed City girls preparing to start new spring soccer season

REED CITY  — Reed City’s soccer team is in its second week of practices with coach Bryan Hall’s team featuring some returning talent from last spring.

“We have a strong core of seniors,” Hall said, “like Makenzie Switzer, Natalie Westhoff and Sarah Emmington, who was our leading scorer from last year.”

A big question mark right now is the goalkeeper’s position which Hall indicated was wide open.

During the preseason, Hall figured on having about 14 players on both varsity and JV teams. He’s hoping for enough numbers to continue with two teams.

Lauren Voelker, a sophomore, is expected to be on the varsity and Hall anticipates she’ll be a strong force on the team.

The Coyotes have a couple of games scheduled for this month if the weather and field conditions will  allow it.

“It’s always crazy in the spring,” Hall said. “Whether we get those games in before spring break or not...we’re preparing if we could.”

Big Rapids, Lakeview and Newaygo will be Central State Activities Association opponents for Reed City. Tri County will be a new league opponent next season.

“Tri-County’s been real strong over the years,” Hall said.

Westhoff is her third sport after volleyball in the fall and basketball in the winter. It’s her third soccer season. She’s been sweeper and midfielder in the past.

“This year, I’m looking to play more of a defensive position,” she said. “Endurance has something to do with it and anticipating a pass. Soccer is all about playing as a team and getting the ball to where it needs to be.”

Playing indoors until they can get outside might make it challenging for the Coyotes to blend together.

“I think our team will be close this year,” she said. “We’ve played together and the majority of the team is seniors.”

Being indoors “hurts us,” Westhoff said. “It’s so different than playing on the field. The gym is limited space.”

With a small team and with players expected to see a lot of field time, “we’ll definitely have to be in shape,” Westhoff said. “We’re kind of a young team since we brought up some players from the JVs.

“Our scoring should be pretty good. Our strikers have a lot of experience. Our defense has to be solid to keep the ball away from the goal.”