Rivalry kicks into gear

Big Rapids girls soccer tops Reed City in physical match, 3-1

REED CITY — The Big Rapids girls soccer team picked up a 3-1 victory over rival Reed City Monday.

In a chippy affair that saw both teams each having a player pick up a yellow card, the Cardinals took advantage of three first-half goals to come away with the victory.

“It’s always good to come out and get a win against Reed City since they’re our rival,” Big Rapids goalkeeper Kayla Somsel said. “I think with a rivalry like this, it gets heated. Things got out of hand a little bit, but it is what it is. That’s the game.”

The Cardinals pounced early on the Coyotes on a goal from Paige Johnson in the first minute of play. Big Rapids added goals from Bree Miller (35:08) and Maddie Workman (23:57) to head into the half with the 3-0 lead.

Reed City tightened up their play in the second half, getting their lone goal from a penalty kick by Natalie Westhoff with 21:01 left to play.

While they kept the Cardinals off the board in the second half, the Coyotes were unable to take advantage of some solid shot opportunities.

“I told the girls if we would have played half as good in the first half as we did in the second half, we would have won the game,” Reed City coach Bryan Hall said. “We probably had 10 quality scoring opportunities in the second half. I don’t think we had any in the first half.”

The Cardinals held a 12-7 advantage in shots on goal.

“We’ve been working on being more patient with the ball,” Big Rapids coach Curt Ray said. “This is the way we want the girls to play. We want the girls being patient. The girls did a great job in the first half. It got hectic at the end, but the girls settled down and played a great game.”

Heather Tacey made 10 saves in net for the Coyotes while Somsel and Workman combined to make six saves for the Cardinals.

Big Rapids (5-5-2, 2-2-1) next hosts Newaygo Wednesday while Reed City (0-9, 0-6) travels to Cadillac Heritage Christian Thursday.