Reed City soccer teams battling numbers crunch

REED CITY — Reed City soccer coach Bryan Hall has had a learning year with two teams working at picking up its numbers at the junior varsity and varsity level.

Last week the Coyotes lost 1-0 to Mason County Eastern on May 22. Two days later at Ludington, Reed City lost 7-0 to the Orioles to end the regular season.

“Ludington didn't have all their players the first time we played them,” Hall said. “We can certainly do better. It was 3-0 at half and I thought our defense was holding well. We did not generate any scoring. That's what we have to do.”

Lindsey Ridderman has been Reed City's leading scorer throughout the season followed by Kate Ghent and Kendra Repo.

The junior varsity squad has had a strong season at 7-1, Hall noted. The team lost to Ludington and before that was undefeated.

At times, Hall used junior varsity players on the varsity, including Repo. That was due especially to an abbreviated JV schedule.

“They played six or seven varsity games for us,” Hall said. “We had to determine preseason if to go with one team which would have made us stronger. But it hurts your program in the long run. A lot of those JV players didn't have lot of soccer experience. They're great athletes and we're trying to turn them into soccer players.”

There were 29 total players in the program among the two teams. About 15 to 20 on each team would be ideal, Hall said.