Reed City soccer player posts strong rookie season



REED CITY – It was a very impressive season for Reed City soccer freshman Austin Woods.

Earlier in the season, Woods compiled two goals and three assists for an impressive start.

“This was my first game playing striker,” he said, early in the season. “Other games, I’ve played outside right mid. I’m there to help as much as I can up field and try to get the ball in the net.”

As a soccer player, Woods has been focusing on being a complete player. He’s been playing the sport since he was 5. In making the adjustment to the high school level, Woods has seen the key as being “filling in and letting everyone else involved. In AYSO, it was basically one person gets the ball.”

Woods said he enjoys the physicality of the varsity game.

Reed City got off to a 2-3 start and ended its season last week.

“Everyone has to work harder and get used to losing two players to football,” Wood said early in the season, referring to players who had gone from football to soccer, but switched back when football was returned as a fall sport.

“We’re looking for improvement,” Woods said.

Early in the season, another big adjustment was getting used to wearing the mask, Woods said.