REED CITY\u00a0- \u00a0The first boys soccer game of the season is less than three weeks away with the Reed City Coyotes playing at Tri County on Aug. 22. Practices don't start under new coach Betty Kichak until Aug. 13, but the Coyotes are already in the preparation mode. This week is a dead period of sorts for sports, although the team is having conditioning sessions with no use of soccer balls allowed. Assistant coach Cody Jacobs was with the team on Monday at the practice field and said the one-hour conditioning sessions would go until Thursday. "We're trying to keep rhythm," Jacobs said of the voluntary sessions. The soccer program has had open fields during the summer. "We've had a good mixture of alumni and current players," he said. "It's been kind of a fun thing. That's voluntary as well. We've had a pretty good turnout. We're pretty optimistic about the season. We're trying to get the ball rolling and getting anyone to show up." Among the returning varsity players at Monday's session was Dylan Langlois, a sweeper. He's a senior this fall and will be in his second varsity season. Last year "we had a lot of young guys," Langlois said, adding that there should be more experience this season. He's expecting to play sweeper again although positional assignments have yet to be determined. "I'm the last man on defense, so I stop things the other defenders don't stop," he said. Langlois has been going to virtually all of the summer soccer events. He's working on ball control, awareness of the field and team chemistry. "Things are looking really good," he said. "I think it's going to be a great season. I'm excited for it. The key will be teamwork and actual working together." Summer workouts "let us bond before the actual season," Langlois said.