Reed City junior ignites Coyote attack

Stellini excited with team's prospects

Justin Stellini

Justin

Stellini

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

REED CITY – It’s a young Reed City boys soccer team, which lost 2-0 on Thursday against Big Rapids.

But Justin Stellini is looking to give a major contribution on the Coyote side.

Stellini’s a junior in his third varsity soccer season.

It’s always been rough,” he said. “We don’t have a lot of (numbers). So we go through some rough seasons.”

The roster of 16 players is actually the most the Coyotes have had in a while, Stellini said. It’s an advantage obviously to have more numbers to give various players a break.

Stellini plays midfielder to be an attacker with scoring and passion being his focus. He’s done some scoring in the past.

“I play spring soccer for a club in Cadillac,” he said, adding it pays off during the season to get in the extra work. “I’m effective in distributing the ball across the field.”

Courtney Murphy is Reed City’s new coach this year. She was assistant last year and the Coyote players are familiar with her systems.

“The key is to communicate, work together and move the ball up as a group,” Stellini said. “I hope to be faster and better in finishing at the goal.”

Stellini also plays basketball.

On soccer he expected Lakeview, Tri County and Big Rapids to be among the toughest teams on the schedule.

THE JUSTIN STELLINI FILE

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite subject in school: Reading

Favorite movie: Fear Street

Favorite activity outside of sports: Water sports, camping