Reed City takes down Newaygo 2-0 in CSAA play

Reed City’s Taylor Harrison tries to control the ball against Newaygo on Monday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REED CITY — Taylor Harrison realizes she may not score as many goals as she did last season.

But it doesn’t matter. The Reed City Coyote sophomore center says she doesn’t have to since she’s playing on a better team that improved to 6-4 with Monday’s 2-0 Central State Activities Association win over Newaygo.

Makayla Roggow scored on a penalty kick and Harrison converted off a pass for two first-half goals, which was the only scoring the Coyotes would need.

Senior Emma McCleary and the Coyote defense was able to shut down the Lions.

Harrison had the second goal.

“We went down the field and both me (and a Newaygo defender) tumbled and I got up quicker than she did,” Harrison said.

It’s Harrison’s sixth goal. Last season as a freshman, she had 10.

“My team is better this year,” she said. “It helps having a better team. We worked together a lot better.”

“We re kind of a step behind today,” Reed City coach Andrea Pollaski said. “But we picked it up the second half a little more. The PK helped us in the first half. The second half, we changed things up a little bit. We started working like we should and were getting the ball outside.”

Harrison is playing again as a center. She’s been able to utilize her quickness.

“Our best game was probably our first game against Grant,” she said. “We did very well.”

Reed City is home on Tuesday against Tri County.

“I hope we can win out,” Harrison said. “There’s a couple of really tough teams. We have to work together.”

Harrison is a three-sport athlete with cross country in the fall, basketball in the winter and soccer in the spring. It’s a tie, she said, between basketball and soccer as her favorite.

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