MCBAIN — Reed City’s soccer team made its season debut on Saturday with two losses at the Northern Michigan Christian Soccer Tournament.

“We lost the opener 4-0 to a physical Buckley Bears team and the matinée (1-0) despite out-shooting Algoma 21-3,” Reed City coach Doug Emington said. “Freshman keeper Jordan Lofquist had an outstanding day in goal.”

The Coyotes were at Crossroads on M

onday and are at Big Rapids on Wednesday.

Despite the losses on Saturday, the Coyotes remain upbeat over their season prospects.

Parker Benedict is a promising freshman in his 11th year of organized soccer, with extensive experience in travel and AYSO ball. He’ll be playing center and wing for the Coyotes.

“I can do crosses well,” he said.

The Coyotes have been practicing since Aug. 9.

“We’ve made a lot of progress and have improved from last year,” Benedict said. “We should be good.”

The Coyotes have around 17 players on the team and Benedict indicated there still may be some boys playing a full 80 minutes, depending on various circumstances.

“We need to work on our passes,” he said.

Benedict also plays basketball and baseball, but indicated soccer would be his favorite sport since he’s been playing it for so long.

Ethan Maddox is a sophomore who also played last season

“It was not as good of a season as we wanted it to be,” he said. “But we played a lot of decent games. We’ll get it this year. We have more experienced players.”

Maddox is a striker, which is his same position as last season.

“I try to make room for people coming up to help us and score as much as possible,” he said.

He had 11 goals last season, including two against Newaygo and two vs. Kent City. Maddox said he works on using his speed as a player.

“We’ve made a lot of progress from last year,” he said. “I think we’ll play well all the way through the season.”

Maddox has played the sport since he was 6 years old but also runs track in the spring.