Reed City girls soccer team begins action this week

REED CITY — Reed City’s soccer program is hoping a lot of numbers on the roster also will help produce plenty of wins during the season.

Coach Bryan Hall said he has 17 players on the varsity roster and 16 on the junior varsity.

“We’ve got good numbers,” he said. “I think we’ll have more offensive weapons and should be able to get more scoring opportunities.”

The Coyotes were scheduled to open their season last Wednesday at McBain Northern Michigan Christian. That game got snowed out and is rescheduled for this Wednesday. Reed City is scheduled to open at home Tuesday against Crossroads Charter Academy.

There won’t be any junior varsity games until after the spring break ends in April, Hall said, because the two March opponents don’t have junior varsity squads.

Senior Lauren Voelker is among the returning players for the Coyotes.

“She’ll be one of our strong offensive weapons,” Hall said, “along with Liza Emington. Defensively, Megan Donley (returns). One of our midfielders, who will be strong is Katelynn Latin. We have a lot of strong players coming up.”

Senior Brenna Westhoff returns as goalkeeper.

“I think we’re significantly stronger than last year,” Hall said. “Of course, we’re playing in a strong conference (Central State Activities Association Gold Division) with a lot of strong teams. There won’t be any nights off, that’s for sure.

“They’re all tough, obviously there’s Big Rapids, Grant and Tri County, who were all very strong last year. Lakeview is in there and Newaygo, too. Kent City was the only (league) team we were able to beat last year. The rest are going to be just as strong as they were.”

The league season starts April 11 at Tri County. Then the Coyotes have four straight home games against Newaygo (April 13), Grant (April 20), Hart (April 21) and Big Rapids (April 25). Only the Hart game is nonconference.