Reed City girls soccer opens season with 16 players

REED CITY —  Reed City’s girls soccer team and coach Bryan Hall are opening the season with a lineup of 16 players.

The Coyotes were tentatively scheduled to play on Wednesday, weather-permitting, at Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy. CCA announced on Tuesday the game had been cancelled. After this week, the team goes on break and resumes action in early April.

“We’re still not sure we’re going to have a JV,” coach Bryan Hall said. “We only had 12 on the JV. We’ll talk about that over the next day or two. We’ve always had one. We have gone with only 12 or 13, then if you have injuries, you don’t have subs. We’ll have to see.”

The Coyotes have several seniors returning including Kate Latin.

“She was a solid midfielder and played some goalkeeper for us,” Hall said. “Katie Reed is a forward who had some concussion problems, but is looking really good and ready to go this year. She’ll be a scorer for us.

“We’re rebuilding our defense. Alexis VanEck will probably be the point of our defense,” Hall said. “It will make a difference if we bring our JV up. There are a couple of good freshmen. But with the numbers, I couldn’t bring them up yet.”

Reed City was indoors all of last week. Hall is hoping to have the players on the field more this week.

Hall noted there won’t be any home games in May. Drainage work on the field starts that month, and a new track will be laid.

“We’re getting stronger,” Hall said. “We’ll have to figure out our defense. We’ll have more speed on defense. Overall, we’re faster and have more skilled players. We’ll have several that can get the job done. It’s a matter of putting the pieces together and seeing which way they work best.”

Latin saw some goalkeeper work last season.