Veteran Coyotes confident of success

The girls soccer season is still very young but three key Reed City players are confident they have good reason to be optimistic over the season prospects.

Kelsey Brown is a senior in her second varsity season.

Brown is officially listed at center-mid, “but I play wherever coach (Bryan Hall) wants me,” she said. “We lost a lot of seniors, but we’re trying to get the team together this year. I’m the only senior back (from last season).”

The first few weeks of the practice season featured poor weather but Brown said the Coyotes, who got off to a 2-2 start, have been ready.

“I’ll be setting up for the strikers to make goals” she said. “You have to have good passes to make good goals.”

Morgan Cook is a sophomore stopper, who saw action on the varsity last year.

“I was right fullback and switched between stopper and that,” she said. “This year, I’ll be at stopper.”

As a freshman on the varsity “it went very well,” Cook recalled. “We made it to the district finals. My first game was hard because they were playing a lot different than what I was used to.”

As a stopper, Cook will be trying to stop goals, But she’s also looking to play up front, which puts her in the position of trying to score goals.

“I’m good at kicking and stopping,” she said. “I’m working on my shooting.”

Cook acknowledged that making the transition on the field from a defensive to an offensive mode will be challenging at times.

“I’ll have some trouble since I’m not used to scoring goals,” she said.

Cook saw plenty of offseason action in soccer to get ready for this year.

Lauryn Stout, is a junior center, who has been on the varsity for two seasons.

Stout recalls that 2010 “was a really fun season. We got along well and we played really good together.”

Stout played AYSO soccer and saw action in pickup games with varsity boys players to get ready for this season.

“I’ll be pretty much more improved,” she said. “I won’t be able to tell until we start competing more. That’s when you really see your skill levels.”

Stout takes pride in her shooting ability.

As a center “I’ll be there to help set the strikers up and to shoot and to help out on defense and pretty much be all over the field,” Stout said. “We’re looking very strong this year. Our team unity is building more and more each practice.”

“I think we’re a defensive team,” Brown said. “There’s more defensive players on this team.”

The Coyotes are at Big Rapids Wednesday.

“Big Rapids should be a tough team along with Cadillac and Lakeview,” Stout said.

Lakeview blanked Reed City 6-0 on Monday.