REED CITY — Newaygo used every second of the first-half clock to gain key momentum over the Reed City Coyotes on Monday night in a 6-0 Central State Activities Association (CSAA) girls soccer victory.

The Coyotes, enjoying one of their best efforts of the season, were trailing only 1-0 going into halftime. But the Lions surged to the Reed City net and just before the buzzer sounded to end the half, Kelsi Auiw was able to put the ball in the net.

“I thought Reed City played a real good first half,” Newaygo coach Jason Long said. “It was real competitive. We got that second goal which helped momentum out a lot, and scratched and scratched in the second half.”

With less than six minutes in the half, the Coyotes weren’t able to clear the ball from the net and Kyla Saldana converted to break the scoreless tie. Moments later, Makenzie Switzer was stopped near the net on a good scoring chance. Saldana and Riley Knight scored early in the second half to help the Lions pull away from the hosts. Miriah Villarreal converted at the 34:29 mark and the Lions scored seconds just before the buzzer sounded, ending the game.

Goalkeeper Shelby Boyd had the shutout for the Lions.

“We actually played very well,” Reed City coach Bryan Hall said. “That’s the strongest showing we’ve had. Our defense was very solid and recovered to their attack very well. Newaygo has a lot of speed and they pass well. “

Newaygo improved to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the conference.

“We’re playing well,” Long said. “We had to get ourselves together after the first half and have been clicking well lately.”

Brenna Westhoff was goalkeeper for Reed City.

“We played a great first half, but then you’re down by two,” Hall said. “Then you get a little tired out as the game goes on.”

Reed City fell to 0-4-1 and 0-3 in the CSAA.

“I don’t think the score shows our improvement,” Reed City senior Kendra Repo said. “I think we’ve improved a lot from the beginning of the season. Offensively, we’ve started making more logical runs.”

Reed City plays Wednesday at Lakeview.

“We want to score more goals,” Repo said. “We need to keep the ball in the offensive half.”

Repo is a striker and midfielder with the duties of “distributing the ball and pushing the ball upfield offensively.”

Repo has had four years of varsity experience.

“I think I’ve become a smarter and more physical player,” she said. “I think I’m good at dribbling the ball and passing it to an open area.”

She wants to improve at crossing the ball.