Reed City soccer team trying to overcome challenges from winter

REED CITY  — Reed City’s soccer team was able to see some outdoor action this week on Monday during practice time. But a Tuesday match with Crossroads was slated to be canceled with weather and field conditions not favorable enough to start the season.

With spring break starting on Friday, the Coyotes aren’t likely to start playing actual games until after break with a road game at Newaygo on April 16 and home April 17 with Hart.

As of early this week, the Coyotes have enough numbers for a JV team with 17 girls. There will be 15 on varsity.

“Those are good numbers right now,” said Reed City coach Bryan Hall.

Key players back from last year include Natalie Westhoff on defense, plus Makenzie Switzer and Sarah Emington on offense. Lauren Voelker, a sophomore, is expected to strengthen the offense. Maddie Harrington, a senior, will help the team on defense.

The goalkeeper is slated to be Brenna Westhoff, who saw some JV action last season and is a sophomore.

The Coyotes lost 10 players from a year ago.

‘We’re working at filling in those spots, especially on defense to get solid in front of a new keeper,” Hall said. “The nice thing is we were forced to bring up girls, and the girls we brought up are strong offensively. We’re looking to be better offensively than we were last year.”

Neither the practice nor game field are fully playable as of earlier this week. The Coyotes are anxious to get outdoors as soon as possible.

“The ball travels so much different outdoors than on a gym floor,” Hall said.