REED CITY — Reed City’s soccer team is ready to enter a new era under first-year coach Betty Kichak.

It starts this Friday with a Central State Activities Association game at Tri County.

Kichak and her team started with practices last week. She has 15 varsity and 15 JV players.

“We have a JV team, we’re quite pleased,” Kichak said. “We haven’t had one for two years.”

For practices last week, the Coyotes had all-day camps.

“We practice defense, we practiced ball-handling skills, conditioning, pretty much everything,” Kichak said. “We’ve got some talent on the team. It’s a veteran squad. We have juniors that are veterans. We have a strong team. They are experienced.”

Troy Giese will be goaltender while Dylan Langlois is defensive mid with Quinton Kichak at forward and Jacob Swales at forward and attacking mid. Andrew Booth will be at mid and Thayne Stieg is at sweeper. Tyler Forshee and Seth Perot will be on defense. All are seniors while Kichak is a junior along with defenseman Tyler White.

“We’re pretty balanced,”  Betty Kichak said. “We’ve got a strong defense. We’ve got Thayne back there who’s been playing strong last year and playing strong this year. Dylan is playing strong.”

After Friday’s game, the Coyotes will be 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’re learning their positions and practicing everything,” Kichak said. “We’re making sure they even know the basics. We’re making sure we don’t make any silly mistakes like on a throw-in.”