Reed City junior eyes improved soccer season

REED CITY — Quinton Kichak is ready for what will be a unique Reed City soccer season for the Coyote junior.

For one thing, his mom, Betty Kichak, is the new varsity coach.

“It’s different,” he said. “She doesn’t play favoritism. It takes getting used to. I like it.”

It’s Kichak’s junior season. He’ll be at forward and is in his third year of varsity soccer.

“Last year was a building block,” Kichak said. “We’ll learn from it and will get better this year.”

Kichak said he played “just about every other day,” during the offseason. He played baseball during the spring.

As forward, like always, he’ll be looking to score.

“I think I’ll try to support more and have Jacob (Swales) and the other forwards try to score as well,” Kichak said. “(In passing) I have some work to do. I think I can get there.”

He scored six times last season.

“We have a strong attack, but we have to (get together),” he said.

“Quinton would score last year every chance he got,” Swales said. “The problem is he didn’t get the ball.”

Kichak scored three times in regulation and once in the penalty kicks period in Reed City’s 5-4 win over Newaygo on Monday.

Both varsity and JV teams have 15 players apiece.

“The JV team can learn so it’s not a straight jump into varsity which is hard for some kids,” Kichak said.

The first game was Friday at Tri-County but resulted in an 8-0 Coyote loss.

“We want to come out strong,” Kichak said. “If it doesn’t work for us, you can always get better.”

After Friday’s game, the Coyotes came back at Newaygo Monday and won’t play again until Sept. 3 at Grant. The home opener is Sept. 10 with Kent City, two days after a road trip to Big Rapids.

“We need to communicate more about where we are and what we’re going to do,” Kichak said. “Mistakes, if we can avoid them, the better. If we do make them, we have to get over them and play on.”