Reed City girls explode past Hart 5-0

Freshman Coyote Carly Carlson puts in three goals

REED CITY – Carly Carlson’s red-hot scoring for the Reed City Coyotes girls soccer team continues.

She’s only a freshman.

She’s only played two games.

And she’s already scored seven goals.

Carlson scored four goals on Tuesday in Reed City’s 5-0 blanking over Kingsley in the season opener. On Thursday, she added three more as the Coyotes improved to 2-0 with a 6-0 blanking over Hart in another game played under 39-degree weather.

“I thought we did really well,” junior defenseman Alex Stein said. “It took us a little bit of time before we got into the groove. We did very well with our passing.”

It was 3-0 at halftime.

“It’s nice to see Carly, a freshman, score a lot of goals and see a lot of action,” Reed City coach Andrea Pollaski said. “She came up through our local AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) which is our local youth soccer program. She’s put in the extra effort off season and is always asking questions and asking for help.

“She ran cross country in the fall instead of travel soccer but she does well to work on her soccer skills anytime she has some time around the house.”

Also for Reed City, Taylor Fredrick, Olivia Lewis and Taylor Hilliard had one goal apiece; Paige Lofquist had two assists, and Nora Smoes and Hilliard had one assist apiece.

“Miriah Hodges was our goalie and made some good saves,” Pollaski said. “She didn’t have a lot of action throughout the night. But the saves she made were good saves and it was good to see the action from her.

“We started out slow, slower than we did our other game. Once we got going, everything picked up. We scored at least two goals within 20 seconds of each other. Once we started winning the 50-50 balls, everything started coming into place. Our defense started seeing a little more action tonight. It was nice to be able to see how they worked well together.”

“I thought we played pretty well,” Hilliard said. “We struggled a little in the first half. Then we got ourselves in a groove and played a little better in the second half.”

On Hilliard’s first-half goal, “I remember getting a pass and I was able to kick it in. We got some good passing. We’re making creative passes to our forwards.”

Reed City plays at McBain Northern Michigan Christian in a tournament on Saturday.

Reed City 5, Kingston 0

Carlson had four goals and another freshman, Callie Chupp, had one goal in Tuesday’s 5-0 season opening win for Reed City over Kingsley.

Freshman Alaina Hanson had three assists and junior Maddison Renne had one assist.

“Reed City had some good passing and won many 50/50 balls,” Pollaski said. "Kingsley had a strong sweeper, but we were a step faster. Paige and Alex Stein were strong in the middle of the field for us. Alaina Hanson was a key passer, and of course, Carly Carlson had a great night scoring off of all those good passes."