Reed City soccer coach recalls team of 2005
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REED CITY — For the Reed City boys’ soccer program, the 2005 season was the culmination of a three-year run that saw the Coyotes ascend to what few schools have been able to accomplish.
Coached by Doug Emington and James ‘Chip’ Wolf, the Reed City boys of ‘05 went 14-6-0 and 9-1-0 within conference play, marking their third conference championship in as many seasons.
Taking home three straight Western Waterways Activity Conference (WWAC) from 2003-05 Reed City had a quartet of players from the class of ‘05 that Emington said paved the way to success for those seasons.
Josh Emington, Brian Ford, Dustin Mix and Mark Poreous all contributed in big ways during their time in a Coyote varsity uniform.
Mix was a three-year letterwinner, as well as team captain of the RC squad, earning first team All-Conference honors during the 2004-05 seasons.
Goalkeeper Mark Poreous turned in a total of eight clean sheets during his senior campaign of 2005 with a 1.05 goals against average.
Left fullback Emington had 57 steals and 158 interceptions in ‘05, for a total of 215 take-aways. After being named second team All-Conference in 2004, he was named to the First Team the following season.
An honorable mention in 2005, Ford scored four goals on two separate occasions and was also the team’s leading scorer, averaging a goal per-game, tallying 29 on the season.
The 2005 season also marked the first time in RC soccer history in which the Coyotes emerged victorious against Traverse City and Cadillac.
“I feel blessed to have worked with such an outstanding group of young men and fellow coaches who were not afraid of hard work,” Emington said. “...loyal to our sport and school, resilient and dedicated overachievers.”
Emington said he felt this particular group of student-athletes and coaches “pioneered soccer in our community.”
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