Reed City soccer freshman playing key role in team’s turnaround season

Claudia Francke

REED CITY — Reed City’s girls soccer team will be hosting Chippewa Hills on Friday in a Central State Activities Association Gold match which will also be parents’ night for the Coyotes. But it might be hard to top the two dramatic wins Reed City had earlier this week.

On Monday, the Coyotes beat Grant 3-2. But on Tuesday, Reed City avenged an 8-1 loss to league power Tri County earlier in the season with a 3-2 win.

Freshman Claudia Francke scored with 37 seconds to play for the winning goal in Reed City’s CSAA victory. Mikayla Roggow had a penalty kick goal and Taylor Harrison also scored for the Coyotes (7-4).

“I just kept going down the field with the ball and took the shot,” Francke said.

She’s had some other goals this season, but Francke could’t deny it was one of the sweeter moments she’s had in her young high school soccer career.

It looked like the game would end up in a tie against Tri County, which has battled Big Rapids for first place all season, but was putting pressure on the Coyote net. But in the final minute, the Coyotes got the ball the other way and Francke took advantage.

Francke and others have recognized the Coyotes coaching staff with head skipper Andre Pollaski and assistant Neil Harrison for helping the team be competitive. Francke is one of only three freshmen on the team. Reed City doesn’t have a JV program.

Pollaski credited the team’s improved defense for the win and cited the penalty kick opportunity for being critical for her team.

Emma McCleary was the winning goalie.

“We didn’t play that bad against Tri County the first time,” Pollaski said, citing a goalie injury later in the game as being a key factor.

Reed City beat Chippewa Hills 3-0 earlier this month.

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