Slumping Coyotes look to bounce back

REED CITY – Reed City’s girls soccer team hopes to get back on the winning trail after falling 5-1 at Benzie Central in non-league action Monday night.

The Coyotes had lost 4-0 on Friday at Big Rapids in Central State Activities Association action.

The Coyotes are 2-4. They had been hoping to avenge a 2-1 loss to Benzie Central in the season opener last month. They play at Manistee on Wednesday. On Saturday, starting at 12:30 p.m., the Coyotes have a home match against Clare.

“We’ve played (Benzie and Manistee) already this year,” Coyote coach Bryan Hall noted. “Against Benzie, we gave up the tying goal in the last 10 minutes and the winning goal in the last minute.

“Manistee is very solid and similar to Big Rapids. They beat us 3-0,” Hall said. “It was the third game of the Ludington Invitational and we had lost two of our starters. If we can play them full strength hopefully we can hold up better against them.”

Hall said his team is somewhat unfamiliar with Clare.

“We’ve edged them by one or two goals the last couple of years,” Hall said. “They’re usually decent.”

Hall said at the beginning of May, the team starts focusing on districts.

“We finish our conditioning and polish our tactical stuff like how we move up and down the field and how we try to finish goals,” Hall said. “We’ll also start mixing in more of the JV players. We’ll take one or two of them this week and start getting them used to varsity.”