Reed City soccer hopes to show improvement

REED CITY – Reed City’s soccer team dropped a pair of 2-1 games last week.

On Saturday at home, the Coyotes fell by a goal to Cadillac in non-league action.

Ben Schermerhorn scored for Reed City, assisted by Ricky Droke.

Reed City was down 2-0 when Schermerhorn scored his goal with 20 minutes to play.

Schermerhorn played in the first half and gave up one goal. Caleb Lohrmann was keeper in the second half.

“The team itself jelled very well after we gave up the first two goals,” Reed City coach Dave Mix said.

“The second half, we played consistently with possession which helped us leading to our goal.”

The Coyotes nearly rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie Tuesday’s boys soccer Central State Activities Association battle with Newaygo (Sept. 18). 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.

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.

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

Kyle Wright was goalkeeper for the Lions.

Schermerhorn served that role in the first half for Reed City while 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 4-8-1 overall and 2-2 in the league.