Season ends in regionals for Reed City soccer team
REED CITY — Hudsonville Unity Christian was too much for the Reed City Coyotes for a 7-0 victory in the Division 3 soccer regional semifinals on Oct. 26 at Cedar Springs.
Unity Christian entered the game ranked No. 1 in the state and improved to 23-0-1 with the victory. The season ended for the Coyotes at 11-9-1. But the season also included a district championship for Reed City.
The winners scored three goals in the first half and four in the second. Dylan Kichak was in net for the Coyotes. Unity Christian will be in the state semifinals. Unity has already beaten the No. 2 ranked team, No. 4 and No. 6 ranked teams in the state by 6-0, 4-0 and 5-0 scores.
“Like we said before, we needed to try to control the tempo for the match,” said Reed City coach Dave Mix. “We had to shorten the game a bit.”
But once the season had ended, Mix could reflect on the success the Coyotes had enjoyed this year.
“It was a tremendous season,” Mix said. “It was a great bunch of student-athletes and more importantly the time we spent together.”
The Coyotes will be graduating eight seniors.
“A majority of them have been in the program four years,” Mix said. “We’ve been in the district finals (all four years).”
Several players made all-district for the Coyotes with Ricky Droke, Matt Kienitz, Kichak, Eric Reed and Evan Seay on the first team and Trevor Mund and Ben Schermerhorn on the honorable mention list.
Droke wound up being the leading goal scorer this season with 16 goals, followed by Reed with 14 goals and 15 assists, Kienitz with 13 goals and Kichak with four shutouts and 2.22 goals allowed per game.
“Ricky came a long ways He had a great season last year as a sophomore, Mix said. ‘The challenge was finding a way to find the back of the net. (Kienitz and Reed) were able to get the ball to him.
“Eric had a tremendous season with the fact he stayed healthy (compared to last year),” Mix said, adding that Kichak “exceeded his expectations against Hudsonville. We had him for 18 quality saves. A a keeper, he worked hard the past two years. He’ll be sorely missed.”
Seay played sweeper for Reed City.
“He had a great four years for us,” Mix said. “He was a quality individual. Mund was our stopper with two years of soccer experience. He was a quick learner of the game with great leadership abilities.
Schermerhorn was a key returning player as a central mid for Reed City, Mix noted.