Big Rapids soccer team holds back Reed City 4-2

Reed City’s Raymond Penney (2) and Big Rapids’ Owen Seay (26) go after the ball in soccer action on Monday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids and Reed City went at it for 80 minutes with the Cardinal soccer team emerging Monday with a 4-2 Central State Activities Association Gold Division victory over the Coyotes.

Owen Seay scored two goals for the Cardinals, who outscored the visitors 3-1 in the second half. He scored on a long shot in the first half for a 1-0 lead. Ethan Maddox scored for Reed City.

“It was kind of a sneaky little shot, I didn’t think it would go in,” Maddox said. “After I saw it pop over the goalies’ head, I was happy. I didn’t think it would do that.”

Early in the second half, Seay scored from in close to give Big Rapids the lead.

“I got kind of lucky,” Seay said. “One was scrambling in the middle and one was a long free kick that flipped past the keeper.”

Jason Cosper later scored for a 3-1 advantage.

Thomas Quinn’s left-foot shot for Reed City cut the score to 3-2 with 29:11 to play. Big Rapids continued to pelt the Reed City net with shots, with goalkeeper Jordan Lofquist leading a steady Reed City defense.

With 7:10 to play, Aden Herron was awarded a penalty shot and beat Lofquist on his kick for a 4-2 lead.

“It was little bit rough, but we got the win,” Seay said. “Overall, it’s what we needed.”

Big Rapids is 6-6-1 overall and 4-4-1 in the league.

“It wasn’t pretty, I guess,” Cardinal coach Justin Fox said. “We wanted to come out and get the win. Reed City definitely made it very difficult. They had hard work from all 11 guys on the field and played well defensively. Their goalkeeper made big saves. They did a good job of frustrating us and making sure we didn’t get anything easy.”

Colin Morrissey was Big Rapids’ keeper.

“He did well,” Fox said. “He made every save he could have. We had a couple of breakdowns. We have to find a way to not allow the other team to have a run through our backline.”

Big Rapids is home with Greenville on Monday.

Reed City is at Shelby on Thursday.

“This was so much better than we’ve played against Big Rapids in the past,” Maddox said. “We’re going forward. There’s no more bad games for us. Just good games from now on.”

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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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