Reed City soccer team ready for outdoor games

REED CITY — Reed City girls soccer players were outdoors last week to take advantage of a break in the weather with hopes of getting outside to finally start the season this week.

Senior Brooke Montague and junior Heather Tacey are anxious to see what the Coyotes can do against another opponent. Montague plays striker and it’s her third year on varsity.

Last Thursday, the Coyotes were outdoors for only their second outdoor practice.

They were indoors for three weeks.

“We practice on our passing and positioning on the field,” Montague said, adding that being outdoors “we have to practice our passes on the ball,”

She scored one goal  last season.

“You have to work with the team because you can’t score on your own,” she said. “I try to out-maneuver them with my moves and my speed.”

Reed City is scheduled to be home Thursday against Custer Mason County Eastern.

“Passing and communication on the team,” will be the key to scoring, Montague indicated.

Tacey will be goalkeeper for Reed City. It’s her first varsity year. She was brought up last season but played mostly on JVs.

It’s Tacey’s third year as goalkeeper.

“My freshman year, they were looking for somebody to do it and I volunteered,” she said. “I thought it would be fun, And like it.”

To be a successful goalie “you have to anticipate what your team will do and talk with your team,” she said. “We did a lot of passing inside, it’s a lot different. We’re working on putting some pace on the ball.”

Tacey will focus solely on being goalie. Knowing where the teammates are and where to be when the ball is coming are among her strengths.

“I think we’ll be pretty good this year,” Tacey said. “We have a lot of seniors on our team. A lot of people from JVs were brought up to varsity, and they’ll have more experience.”

Reed City coach Bryan Hall was confident of his team chances for seeing action this week despite the weather.

“Once the field clears, we’ll get our games in,” he said late last week. “We’re a month behind as far as getting touches on grass but we looked good (Wednesday). Half the varsity was off on spring break. We should progress very quickly.”