Reed City keeper getting the job done in first varsity season


REED CITY — Brenna Westhoff has continued to focus on getting the job done for Reed City’s girls soccer team

The Reed City sophomore is in her first year as goalkeeper for the varsity.

The Coyotes won a scrimmage game 2-1 over Big Rapids recently in tournament action. Westhoff did the keeper’s job for the junior varsity team for about two weeks last season.

“A girl got hurt and I said I’ll do it,” Westhoff recalled.

The Coyote varsity had the keeper’s spot open in the preseason and Westhoff has filled the role.

She has played the sport about three years in the past. She was outside-mid before, but doesn’t mind being goalkeeper.

“I think it’s fun,” she said. “I like being under pressure. You have to stay positive and be mentally tough. I’ve improved... anticipating where the ball is going, plan out where they’re going to kick it and if it’s going to be in the ground or in the air.”

Westhoff wants to continue to improve on stopping the ball and “trying to (make) a diving (stop).”

The Coyotes are in district action this week.

Like most spring sports teams, the Coyotes have had to battle the elements in order to pick up experience as the season progresses. They were at Lakeview recently in a game shortened by thunderstorms. They had nice weather in the Big Rapids Invitational and were 1-2, with a 2-1 win over the host Cardinals in the final game.

“We want to keep working as a team and get some wins,” Westhoff said. “We practice in the rain almost every single game so we’re used to it now.”