Tri County soccer team overwhelms Reed City

HOWARD CITY — It didn’t take long for Tri County’s girls soccer team to show it might be a power in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division this season.

The Vikings ended their season opener against Reed City 8-0 after one half of action on the mercy rule on Monday. The eighth goal came with 20 seconds left in the first half.

Lena Thompson and Savannah Wilson led Tri County with three goals apiece. Kaitlyn Olson and Mikala Sprick had one goal.

“We were playing against the wind, but we got the ball and moved it well,” Tri County coach Victor Matulis said. “The wind was blowing in our face but they still got it done. They played well.”

It was Reed City’s first game back from the spring break. The Coyotes are 0-1-1.

Brenna Westhoff was goalkeeper for the Coyotes.

“They’re better than they were last year,” Reed City coach Bryan Hall said. “They’re very fast. Their skill level is very high. We certainly had our hands full.”

The Coyotes had some practices during the break, but they were inside and with a limited number of players, Hall said.

Reed City has another conference game on Wednesday with Newaygo at home.