Reed City soccer senior set for strong season

Coyotes showing promise this spring

Taylor Hilliard

Taylor Hilliard

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REED CITY – Reed City’s soccer team is in its second week of practice.

And Taylor Hilliard, who is in her senior season, is eager to see how her team will perform once the Coyotes get on the field and see some actual playing time.

She’s been playing since she was 4-years old. This is her fourth varsity season including 2020 which was postponed because of COVID.

Last season, “things went pretty decent,” Hilliard recalled. “We have more upperclassmen this year.”

Hilliard was active in soccer during the offseason.

“We actually have an indoor recreational team which played down in Rockford,” she said. “Anyone on this team can join and we tried to go there.”

It was basically a Reed City team, which played indoors during the winter. It was extremely helped for Hilliard and the others.

The Coyote were indoors all of last week and were hopeful of seeing some field time this week.

Hilliard is a midfielder.

“My role is to set the ball up,  but I’m more of an offensive midfielder,” Hilliard said, adding her strengths as a player are “definitely passing and shooting.”

Reed City is on break next week and returns for home matches on April 5 against Kingsley and on April 7 against Hart.

“We’ll definitely be an offensive team, for sure,” Hilliard said.

The Coyotes are looking forward to getting outside and Hilliard realizes the more the team is outdoors the better they will be.

She expects Big Rapids, which comes to Reed City on May 11, and Tri County, which is at CHS on April 18 , to be two of the tougher teams her squad will see.

“We will need to communicate and have good passes,” Hilliard said.

She also runs cross country but said soccer is her best sport “for sure.”