REED CITY — Jackson Hamner recently completed his junior season as a defensive player for the Reed City Coyotes boys soccer team and could see a lot of progress for both himself and the program this fall.

It was his first year on varsity. He had previously played at Cadillac.

Transferring to Reed City, “was hard at first because I didn’t know anybody,” Hamner said. “But the practices really helped me out to get to know everybody.”

Defensively, his role was focused on keeping the ball away from the keeper.

“Stealing it from the attacker,” has been among the strengths, Hamner indicated that he’s been able to maintain this season.

During the regular season, Hamner said the team’s best defensive game came in a 3-1 loss to Big Rapids.

“We applied pressure and played our hearts out in that game,” he said.

The Coyotes blanked Lakeview 3-0 to open the district, before losing 8-1 to Tri County in the district semifinal. It was the first season under new coach Betty Kichak

He’s already looking forward to next season and playing the best soccer of his career. But for this year, Hamner indicated he improved on containing the other team’s offense.