Reed City soccer team wraps up its summer

REED CITY – Reed City’s soccer team put in plenty of time with summer sessions to get ready for a practice season which opens on Wednesday.

The Coyotes had their final open field session on July 26, as they continued to get ready for the season. There were about 11 players at the final one.

This included an upcoming ninth grader, Raymond Penney, who has been to three soccer open fields.

“Basically we played 5 on 6 for an hour and a half,” he said. “It helps since I’m just going into ninth grade. I get to know all the players who have been around and I get to know all of their names.”

Reed City coach Doug Emington said this week is a down period.

“We can condition, but I can’t be with them in a soccer way,” Emington said.

The open field was conducted every Thursday at the Coyote practice facility except for the Fourth of July MHSAA mandated dead period.

In late July, “we had a coach from Honduras came in and take the kids through the paces,” Emington said. “We played after that. It was through a friend of a friend. He played professionally and was visiting the area. I think he’s applying for citizenship and may be coming back at some point. He played professionally. It was kind of nice, a random thing.

“I think we’ll be in good shape as far as numbers go. We’ll still be young. I have nine incoming freshmen signed up. We probably only lost four to graduating. There’s a lot of freshmen, sophomores and juniors, but not many seniors.”