By Maxwell Harden

Pioneer Sports Writer

HOWARD CITY — Reed City built a 3-2 halftime lead and settled for a 4-4 tie against CSAA foe Tri County in soccer action last week.

Ethan Maddox scored at 3:43 of the first half, assisted by Lorenz Hoernel. Ty Brocker notched a goal at 33:03 of the half off a corner kick for a 2-0 lead. Maddox scored late in the first half off a cross-pass from Hunter Morrison.

Tri County tied it 3-3 early in the second half. Brocker got the fourth Reed City goal at 28:41 and Tri County scored at 18:24 for the tie.

Tri County beat Reed City 4-2 earlier in the season. Reed City is 3-14-1 overall and 1-12-1 in the league heading into action this week.

Jordan Lofquist, Reed City’s freshman goalie, had eight saves.

The previous week, Reed City boys soccer team hosted CSAA foe Kent City and lost 4-1.

The Eagles scored two goals in the first half to take a 2-0 lead into halftime. Kent City scored off a header five minutes into the second half to go up 3-0 and scored again 10 minutes later to take a 4-0 lead.

The young Coyotes continued to fight as senior leader Seth Phelps beat the goalkeeper with an assist from Hoernel to give Reed City its lone goal of the game.

“We worked it down the field and the ball came from Ethan (Maddox) and he kicked it up to Lorenz and Lorenz had pressure,” Phelps said. “The goalie went for it, too. It missed the goalie and it just kept going and I finished it off.”

Lofquist got the start in net for the Coyotes.

The team has continued to improve since the start of the season. The Eagles defeated the Coyotes 9-1 on Aug. 30 but had a more difficult time scoring this time around.

“I felt like the team took a significant step because they (Kent City) mercy’d us at their place,” Emington said. “I felt like we were in the game the whole time. The kids did a good job of finding each other with passes and played solid defense.

“I’m really, really pleased with the way we played. It was a great team effort. We were able to play everyone, so everyone contributed today.”

The program graduated just three seniors last season in goalkeeper Silas Schultz and defensive backs Conor Golden and Taylor Cornell. The team has four seniors this season in Hunter Morrison, Connor Cornelius, Tulio Oliveira, Phelps, and Hoernel, who are helping to build the foundation for the future of the program.

“It’s definitely sad that my high school career is coming to an end,” Phelps said. “Otherwise I enjoy it.”

“Our goal was to make this team move forward as a program,” Morrison said, “so that next year and the year after that we’ll continue to get better each year. “