REED CITY — Reed City’s Doug Emington is back for another season as Coyote soccer coach with hopes of continually making progress with the program.

“One of my fondest memories of last season was when our kids came back from a two-goal deficit to get our first regular-season win over Big Rapids Crossroads Charter Academy last year,” Emington said.

“We will miss all five of the seniors that we graduated last season for their leadership and contributions both on and off the field. Seth Phelps and Hunter Morrison are moving on to play college ball in soccer and baseball respectively, C.J. Cornelius who will be remembered for his grit defensively and quiet leadership, Lorenz Hornel, one of our leading scorers, and Tulio Oliveira, who has returned to his home country of Brazil.”

Emington said Ethan Maddox is back as a junior forward this year and leading goal scorer in his first two seasons.

“Freshman Fischer Morrison and Aiden Mieras will figure to be key components of the offense. Parker Benedict will return as a sophomore starter,” Emington said. “Thomas Quinn will be a force to be reckoned with up front. Thomas, a senior leader is dual sporting and kicking for the football team. Junior starter Kameron Horchner will step into a team captain leadership role for us this year and figure prominently into our midfield.

“Senior Tim Taubitz will step into a starting and leadership role for us this season. (Sophomore) Jordan Lofquist will return as starting goalkeeper.

“Max Selfridge will step into a starting role in the defense as a junior. Ty Brocker will work his assist magic from the midfield and freshman lefty Raymond Penney will provide transition up the left side for the Coyotes this year. Also contributing for the Coyotes will be junior defender Josh Hamilton, junior defender Brandon Benson, sophomores Porter Selfridge, and Dylan Foster, as well as freshman Zack Bennett, Brandon Benson, Brandon Hall, and Dennis Miller.”

Emington pointed out his expectations of this team.

“We have made it a goal to be competitive in every game with no mercies or lopsided scores),” he said. “We also want to be fit enough to play our best even in the late stages of the game and to spend more time in possession of the ball this year. We have had several athletes gaining experience in the offseason through winter and spring ball. We will focus on fitness, possessing the ball, solid defense and team unity.”

The Central State Activities Association, with the likes of Big Rapids, will again be a formidable conference.

“I’m not making any predictions,” Emington. “We are not the favorites, but to count us out or overlook us would be a mistake.”