Reed City soccer team falls to Big Rapids

Reed City soccer's Aleeya Stein (14) pursues Big Rapids' Ariana Costie in action earlier this season. (Herald Review file photo)

Reed City soccer's Aleeya Stein (14) pursues Big Rapids' Ariana Costie in action earlier this season. (Herald Review file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Just a single goal found the back of the net, but that was enough to give the Big Rapids girls soccer team a 1-0 win over Reed City in Wednesday’s Central State Activities Association (CSAA) Tournament semifinal match.

In what was another highly physical and tightly contested renewal of the cross-town rivalry, it was apparent from the opening kickoff that neither side would be leaving anything on the pitch after 80 minutes.

Although goals were difficult to come by, there was plenty of intensity shared between the Cardinals and Coyotes.

Big Rapids coach Curt Ray said he felt the final score wasn’t a true reflection of everything his team was able to accomplish.

“I think we had a fantastic game,” Ray said. “There were some errors but I think, after the two-week layoff, we’re back to getting better every game.”

Throughout the contest, Big Rapids held the upper hand in time of possession, shots, and shots on goal, but Reed City’s defense held strong and repelled almost every BR attack.

The Cardinals and Coyotes toiled at times during the first half and neither side was able to rise above the level of parity that was there from the start of the match.

Cardinal junior Katie Williams scored the lone goal not long after the game’s resumption in the second half.

“You may only get one opportunity in a game, and you have to make it count,” Ray said.

On Wednesday night, Big Rapids produced far more than one chance at scoring; in the end, the home side had 41 shots.

With more games under their collective belt, Ray said he thinks the Cardinals are starting to gain back their confidence.

“They’re coming together and I think they’re starting to believe in each other, trust their teammates and communicate a little bit,” Ray said. “That’s what the great teams do; they’re not only good technically and tactically, but they talk and they listen.”

BR is now 10-3 (8-0) on the season and occupies the top spot in conference.

Reed City will host Whitehall on Wednesday in district action.