Wirth off to solid start as two-sport Reed City athlete

REED CITY — Brandon Wirth is trying to get the job done at two sports this season and, so far, as been coming through as a Reed City sophomore.

Wirth has been scoring goals and making the plays for Reed City’s soccer team. He also made his season cross country debut last month. At the Chippewa HiIls Invitational, he was seventh in the Blue Division (18:43.24).

In soccer, it’s his second varsity season.

“I don’t think we were quite as prepared last year and we were kind of unsure on what our team was going to be like,” Wirth said. “I think we could have been sharper as a unit.”

Reed City was 1-2 in regular games last week. They’ve been 1-3 in tournaments.

“I think we’re looking pretty good,” Wirth said. “We’re improving day-by-day. We’ll be ready.”

This season, Wirth has been slated to playing fullback or attack midfielder.

“Fullback is different from what I played last year,” he said. “Attack mid is a lot more thinking and you’re almost predicting every move your opposing players will do. You’re trying to get into the best position to score.”

Wirth considers himself a strong all-around player with “good footwork, good vision, making plays and getting our team in the best position to succeed.

“I think we have a lot of potential,” he said. “We all know we’re young, but if we get on the same page, we can definitely make a move.”

In cross country, “I want to go out there and be the best I can be,” he said. “I’m in more of a leader role than I was last year.”

The schedules have worked out this season to where Wirth said he has no conflicts with soccer matches and cross country meets.