Reed City goalkeeper optimistic about next season


REED CITY  —  The girls soccer season ends this week with the state finals, but the Reed City Coyotes and goalkeeper Brenna Westhoff has had a few weeks to reflect on the year.

The Coyotes fell recently 2-0 in the district semifinals to Shelby, with Amy England scoring both goals.

Westhoff completed her junior season for the Coyotes.

“I thought we played pretty good,” Westhoff said after the last game. “It’s one of the best (games) we’ve played. We kept them on their half (of the field) for the first half. We got a little lazy at times and couldn’t quite get to their quickness and they got their two goals.”

The Coyotes picked up four wins this season.

“It was better than I expected,” Westhoff said. “We had four wins, more than I expected coming from all these different sports. We had a pretty good season. We got our touches down and perfected the little things we needed to do like passing, carrying the ball and seeing the open person.”

Westhoff said she improved “tremendously” as a goalkeeper from previous seasons.

“I was more aggressive when coming out to loose balls,” she said, “and getting on the ground and fighting for the ball. I improved on my diving.”

The Shelby contest “may have been one of my best games,” Westhoff said.

She added she hopes to improve on everything for next season, including team unity and individual skills.

Westhoff will be busy with basketball and voleyball during the summer and hopes to be involved with various soccer activities.

“We are only losing two seniors,” Westhoff said, looking ahead to the 2016 season. “We have a lot of JV players that will come up and help us a lot. I think we’ll be pretty decent next year.”