Reed City soccer team falls

Reed City girls soccer team has finished its home season.
Reed City girls soccer team has finished its home season.

REED CITY — Reed City fell to 3-3 in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division and 4-4 overall with a 4-1 loss to Fremont on Wednesday.

It was 1-0, Reed City, at halftime, and Coyote coach Bryan Hall liked what he was seeing.

"But we fell apart down the stretch," he said.

Brooke Voelker scored Reed City's only goal. It was the final home match of the season for the Coyotes.

The first time this season Reed City's junior varsity team played a separate match was on April 24, but the result was a varsity squad with no reserves in a league battle against Tri County.

Grace Miller scored five goals and Savannah Wilson had one in Tri County's 6-0 win over the Coyotes.

Hall said the decision was made after the game to only go with a varsity team the rest of the season. The varsity dressed 12 players but Alanna Nelson went out with an ankle injury in the first half. She could be lost for the rest of the season, Hall said.

Miller scored four goals in the first half, which ended with a 5-0 Viking lead.

"This was her breakout game," Viking coach Vic Matulis said. "She had a great season last year and then got hurt, She's starting to come into her own. She's getting a lot of looks."

But the Viking defense continues to be strong.

"We're young, but we move the ball well," Matulis said. "Our defense is phenomenal. We've had only six goals against us all season."

Reed City (4-3, 3-2) had been in a winning streak and posted a 1-0 win against Newaygo last Wednesday. Katie Reed scored a penalty in the final three minutes. Katelynn Latin was the winning goalkeeper.

Reed City coach Bryan Hall noted the challenge his varsity had with no subs.

"Tri County is good," Hall said. "Their coach subbed in the second half. You have to have some subs. You can't go the whole game with the same girls. Two of our better players were on the JV team."

A combined JV-varsity team gives the Coyotes around 24 players.

Reed City's schedule was designed to have no home games in May. The football-soccer field will be worked on, starting this month, to install a new drainage system and a new track.