Reedy gets 300th win with 3-0 victory over Colerain

Charlie MacKenzie | Staff Writer

Head coach Paul Reedy earns his 300th win after defeating Colerain 3-0. Videos by Staff Writer Alexandra Lisa.

On September 29, the boys soccer team shut out the Colerain Cardinals 3-0, giving head coach Paul Reedy his 300th win at Mason.

The Comets dictated play throughout the entire game, generating plenty of scoring opportunities early on. With 19 minutes remaining in the first half, senior Max Mitchell found sophomore Carter Womack inside the box, who sent the ball inches above the top post. Mason had another close look at the 15 minute mark when junior Ben Wendell took a shot after dribbling past the back line, but it was absorbed by the Cardinal’s goalkeeper.

Play was suspended shortly after for 30 minutes due to a lightning delay. The weather didn’t stop the Comets; four minutes after the delay, Mitchell weaved past the defense and found the back of the net. On the Comet’s next offensive drive, Mitchell crossed to senior Joseph Grimes who tapped the ball in, extending the Comets’ lead to 2-0. Reedy said he adjusted their formation during the delay, which helped create the two quick goals.

The rest of the game was defined by more Mason scoring chances. In the final minutes, senior Anthony Vergara dribbled on the outside and crossed to Grimes in the box, who put up another goal. When the buzzer sounded, Reedy was given the ceremonial water dump, the boys changed into “Reedy Knows 300” t-shirts, and the team gave Reedy a soccer ball that they all signed.

After nine seasons with the boys squad, Reedy has won six GMC titles and a state championship in 2013. According to Reedy, he commends the players and coaches he has worked with throughout his career for the 300th win.

The first boys team that Reedy coached was Colerain from 1998-2004. In his seven seasons at Colerain, Reedy lead the Cardinals to two GMC Championships. Reedy said that it was interesting to get his 300th win against a team he coached in the beginning of his career.

Senior Danny Loehr has been on the varsity squad for three years. According to Loehr, Reedy has been a great influence on the team.

“He has been a great coach,” Loehr said. “Tactical wise, he knows everything. He drives us to win every game and he really supports us.”

Although the team knew that number 300 was on the way, Reedy said that getting to 300 wasn’t necessarily a goal that he has had, but he is fortunate enough to coach a team that made it possible.

Reedy has coached soccer for 23 years, and he doesn’t know if he will be around long enough to get a 400th win.

Loehr said that the win was an excellent way to honor the work Reedy has done for the program.

“The win means a lot for us,” Loehr said. “He has done everything for this program and he symbolizes this program for us.”

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Photos by Managing Editor India Kirssin.