REED CITY — The value of a goalkeeper to any high school boys soccer team is incredibly valuable. At Reed City, the job Dylan Kichak continues to do for the Coyotes is a case in point.

Kichak is in his senior season for Reed City.

“I’ve done all right, but I could do better,” he said.

Kichak is in his second varsity season and said he’s improved from a year ago.

“We’ve done good at times and have lost focus at others,” he said. “We need to stay focused the whole game. We want to finish (the season) strong.”

Meanwhile, the soccer ball bounced in the right net for Reed City on Thursday.

It might not have glanced off the intended player but it still ended in the right net and the result was a 4-2 nonleague victory for the Coyotes over Crossroads at Mitchell Creek Sports Complex.

Two Coyote scores hit off of Crossroad players. Reed City led 4-1 at halftime and Crossroads scored the only goal in the second half.

“We challenged the boys to come out strong in the first half,” said Reed City coach Dave Mix. “We had not done that all season. We did well. I thought we controlled a lot of the offensive opportunities and were rewarded with that 4-1 lead going into half.”

Reed City scored first on a Matthew Kienitz header off an Eric Reed throwin. With 20:32 to play in the first half, Pete Wissink scored for the Cougars on a penalty kick with the ball finding a hole in the left corner of the net.

The Coyotes then took control with scores at 18:56, 17:18 and 14:04. The go-ahead goal came on a header by Ben Schermerhorn that glanced off a Crossroads player. Kienitz scored the third Coyote goal off a header from Reed. The fourth goal was credited to Reed off a throwin with the ball glancing off a Crossroads player and winding in the Cougar net.

Reed was credited with two assists.

“The difficult part was coming out in the second half with the same amount of intensity,” Mix said. “We got a little sloppy with some of our passing. Credit to Crossroads for their patience and trying to beat us over the top which obviously they did once.”

“We could have finished but we came out strong,” Kichak said. “We kind of lost focus halfway through the game and picked it back up at the end.”

“Crossroads is a good team,” Mix said. “I’m glad we don’t have to play them again.”