Reed City runs out of time vs. Newaygo

PLAYING D: Reed City's Trevor Nelson closes in on a Newaygo player during Tuesday's boys soccer match at Reed City. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)
PLAYING D: Reed City’s Trevor Nelson closes in on a Newaygo player during Tuesday’s boys soccer match at Reed City. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Time ran out on the Reed City Coyotes Tuesday night.

The Coyotes nearly rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie Tuesday’s boys soccer Central State Activities Association battle with Newaygo. But instead, the Lions escaped with a 2-1 victory.

Ben Wolford scored for Newaygo in the first half and Siraj Karrip converted early in the second half to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.

“We created the situation,” said Reed City coach Dave Mix. “We just don’t play as a team until the latter part, but then obviously we don’t have enough time as a team to win.”

The Lions had been dominating the action offensively until the second half when Reed City started picking up the tempo.

Ricky Droke fired in his team-leading 13th goal of the season with 2:50 left in the game to make it a one-goal contest. The hosts kept the pressure on and with 25 seconds to play, Droke got a quick pass near the net but couldn’t get his foot on the ball for what looked to be a high percentage chance.

“For some stretches I thought we controlled the ball well,” said Newaygo coach Matt Goebell. “We’ve had our ups and downs. We’re a young team.”

Newaygo is 5-5 overall and 2-2 in the CSAA.

Kyle Wright was goalkeeper for the Lions.

Ben Schermerhorn served that role in the first half for Reed City while Caleb Lohrmann took over in the second half.

“Caleb’s coming on well as a sophomore,” Mix said. “He’s played two halves now in games and a full game.”

“I felt like we could have played better as a team,” said junior fullback Wyatte Baker. “We kind of blasted the ball up. We didn’t look at our passes.”

“We’re playing OK but this wasn’t one of our better games,” Lohrmann said. “We need to work more as a team. If we do that, we can win more.”

Reed City is 4-7-1 overall and 2-2 in the league. The Coyotes are at home against Cadillac Saturday in non-league action. The game starts at 10 a.m.

“We have to play as a team or we will not beat Cadillac,” Mix said.

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