Swales set to play key role for Reed City soccer team


REED CITY — Jacob Swales can’t wait for the Reed City boys soccer season to start.

He gets his chance on Friday when Reed City plays at Tri County in Central State Activities Association action play.

It’s Swales’ senior season. He’s a center attack-mid and is in his fourth varsity season.

“We were a young team,” he said of his junior season. “It’s a lot different this year. I like all the coaches. It’s more organized.”

Swales will be at his same positions and basically doing the same things with some exceptions.

“A lot of it is different,” he said. “Last year, we didn’t piece our passes together. That’s kind of what a center mid does is link all the whole field together. I’ll have a lot more work to do but it will help a lot more.”

Swales has played his position ever since he first started playing soccer.

“I know where to be and I went to the Hope (College) soccer camp and they taught me a lot of where to be and how to play my position,” Swales said. “I also have good chemistry with the guys I’m playing with. That helps.”

After some practices, “it’s looking good,” Swales said. “I think we’ll be a solid team and do way better. People won’t see us coming. They’ll overlook us. We’ll be a surprise. We have to keep our heads high and keep confident.

“Our coaching staff is working hard to make us better each day.”

After Friday’s game, the Coyotes will be at Newaygo Monday and won’t play again until Sept. 3 at Grant. The home opener is Sept. 10 with Kent City.