Reed City soccer team picks up two straight shutout wins

REED CITY — Katelyn Ghent came up with a masterful performance Monday for Reed CIty’s girls soccer team with three goals.

But not to be overlooked in Reed City’s 4-0 victory over Holton on Monday is the fact the Coyotes have had two straight shutouts and have outscored their three opponents 6-2 in bolting out to a 2-1 record.

In Monday’s contest, Amy McKee opened the scoring with 22:54 left in the first half. Ghent then came through with goals at 17:43, 13:13 and 4:21. Her first one was on a penalty kick.

There was no scoring in the second half but the Coyotes continued to dominate the action. Kelsey Brown just missed a shot midway during the period. Ray Anne Shelden had one save in nearly 60 minutes of work as Reed City’s goalkeeper. McKee was in front of the net for the final 20 minutes.

Reed City had a 36-2 advantage in shots. Holton’s T.J. Johnson recorded 23 saves against the Coyotes.

Ghent, a junior, is on the varsity her first full season and is playing striker.

“It was a team effort, that helps out a lot,” Ghent said. “We did good in talking to each other.”

“We did well, we’re missing four players so that only left us with 11,” said Reed City coach Bryan Hall, noting that two players were ill and two others had other commitments. “We had no subs. We had a couple of girls playing positions they hadn’t played before. We’re doing a good job of filling whatever the needs are as a team.”

Ghent also scored a goal against Benzie Central last week.

Despite having four goals in three games, Ghent doesn’t see herself as a major goal scorer.

“Whenever the time comes,” is when Ghent said she’ll score. “We should all get a chance to score.”

She’s focusing on improving her dribbling skills.

“I wasn’t sure who would step up and score goals tonight,” Hall said. “One of our key players we were missing was a defender. The first thing is to stop the other team from scoring.”

The Coyotes beat Crossroads 1-0 on Friday night with Lindsey Ridderman scoring the winning goal.

Reed City will be home Monday against Lakeview.

“We’re looking strong,” said Ghent. “We’ve had a few injuries but seem to be recovering well.”

As the competition gets tougher “we have to make sure we stay hydrated, eat well and stay strong,” Ghent said.