Reed City Soccer getting their kicks early

REED CITY — Tuesday and Thursday evenings are busy times for the Reed City boys soccer team on its practice field.

Coach Dave Mix has been having several of his boys players, plus a couple of members from the girls team. Sessions started last week and have been for two hours on Tuesday and Thursdays this month. The final sessions is set for July 29.

The first day of soccer practice is officially Aug. 10. The first game is Aug. 20 at the Leelenau Tournament.

SEND IT: Evan Seay of Reed City gets his toe into the ball during a soccer summer practice last week. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

“It’s been primarily varsity players,” Mix said. “We have some alums that have come back and have played for us as well as coaches. We’re trying to work on some of our tactical skills and technical skills.

A couple of Reed City girl seniors who were also participating last week were Morgan Cook and Lauren Stout.

“Primarily, most of them probably played some indoor soccer (in the offseason) down at Cedar Springs,” Mix said. “Some of them are multi-sport athletes. Some of them are coming off the baseball season where they won the districts.”

Having the July summer lessons “are huge,” Mix said. “Primarily it brings the guys back together.”

Evan Seay, a defender, is among the returning varsity players for the Coyotes, who have been participating in the July sessions. He’ll be a senior.

Seay will be playing his second year of varsity soccer.

“We went to the district finals last year,” he recalled. “But we lost.”

Mix noted that Seay was honored for his efforts last season by being named to the all-district team.

“I was really happy with that,” Seay said. “I’ve been to the open fields and I’ve played well friends. We also played indoor.”

He’s played defender for most of his soccer career.

“I feel I anticipate pretty well and can tell the other players what to do,” he said, adding that he’s working on “my ball handling.”

Seay also played golf during the spring.

But playing summer soccer “is very important,” he said. “It keeps us in shape and gives you a feel for the ball. It’s good to know what you’re doing.”

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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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