Reed City soccer confident of winning season

REED CITY — Jacob Swales is ready to get the soccer season started for the Reed City Coyotes.

He’s a junior in his second full season of varsity.

Last year, “I definitely improved as a player,” Swales said. “We had a pretty good season. We started off better than we ended. We had an injury to one of our top players (Kyle Voelker).”

As a junior “I try to be a leader,” Swales said. “I play a mid so I play both (offense and defense). Going to soccer camp helped me to be more of a playmaker.”

He’s working on various parts of his game including his first touches and his shot.

With a new coach, Matt Webster, “it’s probably a lot different,” Swales said. “He’s more involved with us as players. He played not too long ago and knows what to expect from us. (The style) will definitely be different.”

Swales is hoping “we play as a team and keep improving every day,” to have success in the post season.

Wyatt Meese, is a senior striker and midfielder for the Coyotes who is also working to adjust to a new coach.

“We’re getting a lot more conditioning and the fundamentals of soccer, improving the basics which will improve our whole game in the end, I think,” Meese said. “Looks like we’ll be a young team. There’s only three seniors including myself. But I think we have a lot of potential. We’ll have team unity and play team ball instead of one person trying to do everything.”

He expects Ludington and Big Rapids to be among the team’s toughest opponents.

“I think as we keep going we’ll keep getting better,” Meese said.