Reed City soccer falls to Packers, 1-0

REED CITY — Amy McKee can’t wait for the 2012 soccer season to get here.
The Reed City sophomore goalie had four saves Tuesday night in a home first-round district game but the Coyotes lost 1-0 to Fremont.
The Packers play Thursday in a semifinal game at Fremont Providence Christian.
Reed City had some chances to tie the game in the late going.

UP THE FIELD: Reed City's Lindsey Ridderman (4) dribbles up the field against Fremont in girls soccer action Tuesday at Reed City High School. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

“We were a little sluggish in the first half,” said Reed City coach Bryan Hall. “We played a great second half, especially going into the wind. They played their hearts out. That’s how a tournament game is supposed to end.
The season ends for Reed City at 5-9-2.

“I think we did really good,” McKee said. “We held our own. We communicated and passed the ball.”

The only goal came with 20:10 left in the first half when Chelsea Braafhart of Fremont lofted a shot that got behind Reed City’s starting goalie RayAnne Sheldon and wound up in the net. Sheldon and McKee, who came in later, were able to shut down the Packers the rest of the way.

Ridderman had a free kick at the goal with 14:50 to play but her shot went high over the net. With 10 minutes left in the game, the skies opened briefly to present a three-minute rain shower. With 8:40 to go, Morgan Cook had a free kick for the Coyotes but couldn’t get the ball past the Packer defensive wall.
Clare Abendroth had a free kick for Fremont with 6:40 to play but the shot went wide.

“Fremont was good but obviously we stayed 1-0 with them,” Hall said. “Based on other scores, I think people would have thought they’d score a lot more on us.”

“I think we were evenly match,” McKee said. “I feel we improved a bunch. We came together as a team and worked together.”

It was her first season as a goalkeeper. “I was able to read where they were going to shoot,” McKee said. “We’ll have most of our players back next year.”

“It was a good season,” Hall said. “We had a lot of underclassmen on this varsity team.”

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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