Big Rapids, Reed City soccer set for collision course

Reed City’s Taylor Harrison (6) had two goals in Monday’s game. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — Today’s soccer game between Big Rapids and Reed City will be an important one for both teams.

Big Rapids’ loss to Tri County last week secured the conference title for the Vikings. It’s the first time in four seasons that the Cardinals won’t be hoisting the championship trophy.

“A lot of the (Reed City ) girls played for our club team in town,” Big Rapids coach Curt Ray said. “We’ll see what happens. They’ve gotten better in the past few years. We have a solid starting 11 players. I think we struggle to play to our potential and need to consistently play aggressive.”

With several returning starters like Selena Wright, Vallery Seay, Josie Sanders, Leah Alley, and others, the Cardinals have the potential to make another deep postseason run if they can build consistency.

“We’ve been fortunate to build a great program. This season has been an adjustment and I’ve had to adjust the way I coach this year’s group of girls.”

Led by Claudia Francke, Taylor Harrison, and Karlie Kearns, the Coyotes are enjoying one of their best seasons in recent memory and are hoping the good fortune continues today.

“We’re looking to play our game of passing and keeping it wide,” Reed City coach Andrea Pollaski said. “We need to make sure that we watch their playmakers if we want to be successful.”

“We’ve got to play with intensity,” Ray said. “They would like nothing more than to beat us on our home field. We need to play hard against every team we face.”

The game takes place at 4:30 p.m. at Big Rapids.

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