Reed City soccer girls fall to Big Rapids

Reed City fell to Big Rapids 9-1 in CSAA action last week.
Reed City fell to Big Rapids 9-1 in CSAA action last week.

BIG RAPIDS — One of Big Rapids' top soccer players was out with an injury and sophomore Leah Alley knew it was time to step up.

Step up, she did.Alley scored five goals while Vallery Seay added eight in Big Rapids' 9-1 Central State Activities Association Gold Division win against Reed City.Alley had four goals coming into the game.

"Having a forward (Grace White) out who has been a key part of our offense, I felt we needed to step it up," Alley said. Seay ended the game with 18:15 to play after taking a corner kick from Kaitlyn Ray.Big Rapids was up 3-1 at halftime. Alley scored at 37:56, 11:35 and 8:10 with Selena Wright assisting her on the first goal and Seay taking honors on the second one. Alley's third goal was unassisted."Overall, we started off playing slow," Wright said.

"We were playing scrappy. It was honestly embarrassing. We came out the second half and cleaned it up and we had a lot more (good play) going on and got the shots."Alanna Nelson scored for Reed City to make it 1-1 in the first half.But it was all Cardinals in the first 21:45 of the second half.Alley scored at 36:40 and 20:50 to keep her hot scoring touch. The first goal was unassisted. Wright assisted on the second one and also on the Cardinals' sixth goal by Kaitlyn Ray at 28:11. Seay scored the next three to end the game.

"I felt like I had more opportunities today," Alley said. "My mid did a good job getting the ball to me."Halle Storke was the winning goaltender."We played a very good first half," Reed City coach Bryan Hall said. "It was tied 1-1. We did a good job of jumping into the passing lanes and doing some of things we tried to do. The second half, they got on a roll and were too much for us."Big Rapids is home Friday with Cadillac.

"Hopefully tomorrow, we can come out strong right away," Wright said. "That's going to be strong competition.""It was a slow start against a perceived weaker opponent," Big Rapids assistant coach Don Zimmer said. "We played down a little bit. We gave them opportunities and they earned it. The first time, their team was not quite as good. You could see the improvement. Reed City came out good. They wanted to give us a game. It was nice to see Reed City's improvement."

Reed City fell to 4-5 overall.Big Rapids (6-1) won the first game over Reed City by mercy rule but clinched it earlier the last time."We've been working in getting better," Hall said.

Reed City improved to 5-5 on Friday with a 7-2 win over Chippewa Hills. Taylor Harrison scored two goals to lead the Coyotes.