Reed City boys soccer falls in shootout to Kent City

DRIBBLE: Reed City senior Seth Phelps brings the ball upfield against Kent City on Wednesday in Central State Activities Association action. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

DRIBBLE: Reed City senior Seth Phelps brings the ball upfield against Kent City on Wednesday in Central State Activities Association action. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Reed City’s boys soccer team went into overtime on Wednesday, but the outcome from a longer game wasn’t what the Coyotes were hoping for.

The Coyotes (2-7) tied Kent City 2-2 after 80 minutes of regulation in a Central State Activities Association battle. Neither team could find the back of the net in either 10-minute overtimes, but the Eagles prevailed in the fifth round of a shootout.

Kent City (1-5) took a 1-0 lead in the first half on Abel Diaz’ goal. Miguel Arechiga notched Kent City’s second goal in the second half.

Freshman Ethan Maddox scored both Reed City goals to tie the game. His tying goal came 16 minutes, 57 seconds into the second half.

“We knew it would be a close game,” Kent City coach Ed Hilton said. “In the past, it’s always been close. Our team is jelling well.”

Both teams had quality opportunities in overtime, including Maddox, whose penalty shot was stopped by Kent City goaltender Juan Salas.

Salas stopped all four Reed City shots in the shootout as well. Diaz’s goal in the fourth round gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead and ended the game.

“I owe him something for that,” Hilton said. “Juan did a fantastic job. We’ve been working on our possession game — that’s what we’ve been trying to do. We’ve been getting them to work more possessions, keep the ball and have the opportunity to score. It’s paying off.”

Maddox was disappointed he didn’t convert in overtime.

“He was all shook up about that, but he’s a freshman,” Reed City coach Doug Emington said. “I told him we wouldn’t have been in overtime if he didn’t score.”

Maddox has seven goals this season.

“This was one of the better games the team and I have played,” Maddox said. “Our goal is to get them next time.”

Silas Schultz and Hunter Diehl were goalkeepers for the Coyotes.

“We haven’t been in shootouts (this year),” Emington said. “We’ve been giving up six goals a game. Our goal tonight was to cut that down. We certainly did that.”

Reed City is at Newaygo on Wednesday in CSAA action.

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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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