REED CITY — Big Rapids was able to string together enough passes throughout their contest with Reed City, which translated into a 4-0 victory Monday night at Reed City High School.

“When we are playing well, we are passing the ball around finding the open person,” Big Rapids midfielder Erin Thompson said after collecting a hat trick. “We tend to get in trouble when we try to do it ourselves.”

Big Rapids controlled the action in the first half, but wasn’t able to find the back of the net until 10 minutes gone past. A shot was stopped by Reed City keeper RayAnne Sheldon, but a rebound went to a Cardinal player.

Big Rapids had a number of shots that were deflected by Coyotes’ defenders. The loose ball eventually found Thompson, who knocked the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Big Rapids padded its lead four minutes later as a Holly King corner kick was sent into the box. The Coyote defenders tried to clear it, but it hit the back of Sheldon’s back and went into the net.

“We gave up a couple of goals that we probably shouldn’t have, but for the most part, we played a pretty good game,” Reed City coach Bryan Hall said.

The Coyotes came out stronger in the second half and generated more runs. They started to control play more, but couldn’t find a way to beat Big Rapids keeper Casey Brockette.

The junior made three saves in the contest.

“Sometimes the kids need to a feel for the game and what they can and cannot do and adjust,” Hall said. “Seeing three girls moving up the field with the ball isn’t something we have seen in several games.”

Big Rapids scored twice in the second half, in a four-minute span for the final outcome. Thompson was able to walk through the Reed City defense and take point-blank shots that she capitalized on.

Reed City is off until Monday when it hosts Mason Count Eastern.