Reed City soccer team drops two more matches

REED CITY — The Big Rapids varsity girls soccer team remained undefeated after an 8-0 victory over rival Reed City on Monday.

“Our team did what was asked of them,” Big Rapids coach Curt Ray said. “They didn’t go in there and try to take anything cheap, and it worked for what they put on the board. Each goal was well earned and organized, which is what we are looking for.”

Despite Reed City’s 1-4 record, Ray didn’t want his team to take them lightly, focusing on execution.

“We knew they were having a tough year,” Ray said. “But we were still specific on what we wanted (our team) to do as far as offense and defense. We just wanted to make sure they played a clean game.”

The Grant girls soccer team received two multi-goal performances (April 15), beating Reed City 8-0 by mercy rule.

Tigers’ senior Nicole Majeske scored four goals, including the first three of the game. Sophomore Halley Robinson scored the last two goals of the contest on her way to a three-goal showing.

Senior Ida Stenbraaten was the only other Tiger to score, sending a rebound past Reed City junior goaltender Brenna Westhoff. The goal put the game to 6-0 at 36:33 in the first half.

“We are struggling to find our positions,” Reed City coach Bryan Hall said. “We are still having to move girls around, but when you play good teams, it doesn’t matter what you do. Teams are running through us right now.”

Hall said the loss had nothing to do with the team’s effort.

“It’s hard to move forward, but I can’t fault the girls,” Hall said. “They worked hard and played hard through some stuff where they were really getting lit up there for a while. But they didn’t quit, they didn’t fight back cheap or anything. They just played soccer.”

Reed City sophomores Katelin Reed and Katelyn Latin went down with injuries during the contest.

“Getting a couple injuries is going to hurt us,” Reed City junior Liza Emington said. “Also, we have a lot of first-time players and it’s hard to transition the ball when you don’t have experience on the field. We can’t get the ball out of our defense if we don’t have that transition.”

Emington said despite the poor outing, the Coyotes defense is showing resilience.

“They have been doing a pretty good job of turning the ball out,’ Emington said. “They were just stuck with some one-on-one’s, that’s what hurt us.”

Hall said the team’s schedule doesn’t get easier but he is still confident in the group’s work ethic.

“We are going to try and battle everyone we go up against,” he said.

Reed City is at Kent City Wednesday and at Lakeview Monday.