Reed City soccer team falls to Lakeview

REED CITY — Lakeview defeated Reed City 8-1 on Monday in Central State Activities Association soccer action.

Quinton Kichak scored for Reed City, assisted by Hunter Morrison.

Reed City was hoping to cap a busy week with a nonleague victory over Kingsley on Thursday.

But after Reed City scored a goal early in the first half, the Stags scored four straight for the 4-1 win.

Reed City fell to 1-11. Kingsley improved to 1-7.

“We finally started combining together,” Stags’ coach Steve Acre said. “We had some nice combinations on moving the ball up. There was lots of good communication. We’re playing great defense. We’re talking to each other and giving each other good first and second defender coverage. We’re doing the right things, the things we practiced.”

“This was our third match of the week,” Coyotes’ coach Cody Jacobs said. “We played Big Rapids Monday and were at Kent City (Wednesday). We were tired, but the effort was there all game. I saw at the end we had a nice push at the last minute.”

Kichak gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead early in the game and it appeared Reed City might go into halftime on top. But Cole Soldano tied it in the 38th minute.

Midway in the second half, Kichak had a chance to give his team the lead on the penalty kick, but Alex Gomez made a quick save on his shot. Moments later, Cam Lee fired a loose ball at the net and off the hands of Coyotes’ goalkeeper Alex Brummel for a 2-1 lead. Later in the half, Sam Dunlap scored on a penalty kick and Stacy Almquist put in Kingsley’s fourth goal.

“It was the same old story for us,” Jacobs said. “We didn’t mark up on the back line and gave up three straight. There’s probably a big momentum swing when you miss that PK to go up 2-1. I think we got a little deflated when we missed that.”

Reed City is home Wednesday against Tri County.

“You have to keep moving on,” Jacobs said. “We’re a young team.”

Reed City freshman striker Brandon Wirth said the team must continue to improve every day.

“There’s definitely some key things we have to work on,” Wirth said. “Our effort was good. We just have to capitalize on our opportunities. We have to control the tempo of the game. We have to be more intense. We have to focus on the little things.”