REED CITY – It didn’t take Quinton Kichak long to establish his varsity soccer credentials.

The Reed City freshman made his debut in Saturday’s season-opening tournament at Leelanau (Aug. 18) with his first varsity goal.

His older brother Dylan, graduated from last season’s Reed City team as a goaltender.

Quinton has played American Youth Soccer since the third grade. But he admitted that being able to score during a 1-1 weekend in which Reed City lost to Leelanau 4-1 and beat Manistee 5-0 was very critical.

“I was very excited,” Kichak said. “Ricky (Droke) passed the ball to me. I just shot it.”

Kichak plays forward. That’s been his position as long as he’s played the sport.

The team’s performance in its home opener was encouraging for Kichak.

“We played harder (in the second game),” he said. “I want to pass more.”

Kichak expects defense to be a strength for his team. The amount of running and contact increases dramatically on the varsity level.

“I’m getting there,” he said. “We’re going to be fine. We’re well rounded.”

Kichak expects Big Rapids to be strong in the Central State Activities Association.

“We just need to play hard,” he said.