2007-10-18 / Sports

Bobcats end season with District loss

The Reed City Coyotes ended the Houghton Lake varsity soccer team's 2007 season with a 3-2 District defeat of the 'Cats Tuesday at Benzie Central High School.

Coach Scott Bockelman said the teams were evenly matched and play was consistent with no team dominating the game on either end.

Playing on a wet field with steady rain coming on and off throughout the game, the Bobcats were tied with the Coyotes 1-1 at the half.

Reed City scored first when Bobcat keeper Cam Warner let a "wet slippery ball slip through his hands off a corner kick" and Reed City kicked it in.

The Bobcats came back with 40 seconds left in half, when freshman Bo Bradley nailed a shot in front of the Reed City net for his first career goal and tied the game at 1-1.

After the half, the score remained tied until the 21 minute mark when a Reed City forward scored on a header off a free kick.

"We did not let up, though, and missed an opportunity to score when Adam Taylor slammed a shot off their keepers face but Reed City cleared it in time," Bockelman said.

Reed City struck again 10 minutes later on several defensive miscues in front of the Bobcat net which resulted in a kick to the corner of the net out of the reach of Warner.

The Bobcats continued attacking and came up with a late goal by defenseman Justin Wigard with just seconds left on the clock.

"We did the best we could tonight for our last game of the season," Bockelman said, noting it was "kind of like the last 18 games. [We] missed a few good chances to score, and made a couple mistakes on defense that cost us a goal or two. But we were competitive in almost every game."

It was the Bobcats' eighth "one goal" loss of the season

"I think overall our game has improved since the start and especially the last two years I have coached. Even though our record did not show it, the program is on the right track for next year," Bockelman said.

The Bobcats finish the season at 3-15-1. It was the final game for seniors Ian Moloney, Adam Taylor, Travis Pitcher, Luke MacLeod, Justin Wigard and Mark Lorenz.

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