Walled Lake,West BloomfieldOctober 30, 2013
Walled Lake Central ends season in regional; WB High falls in district final
By Mike Moore
C & G Staff Writer
West Bloomfield’s Vikram Mathias (9) and Grant Gloceri (6) try to take the ball from a Farmington player earlier this season. The Lakers lost to Walled Lake Central in a district final, and Central fell in a regional semifinal on Oct. 22.
In his mind, this was one that got away.
From his perspective, the season ended way too early on a night where his guys just weren’t at their best.
And so goes the postseason.
“You can’t take anything away from them, but we just didn’t have our best game tonight,” Walled Lake Central soccer coach Joel Sharpe said following a 2-1 overtime loss to Traverse City West in a Division 1 regional semifinal. “That’s the tough part. We lost a game we feel we should have won.”
Central scored first, roughly 15 minutes into regulation during the Oct. 22 contest, but failed to cash in on a few chances after that.
Traverse City West tied the game in the second half and then got the only goal of extra time in the second overtime.
“We played well at times, especially early,” Sharpe added. “But when we didn’t go up 2-0 when we had the chance to, that was tough.”
Still, Central ended the season 10-6-5 and grabbed the program consecutive district titles.
“Anytime you get this far, win a district title, and do some of the things we did, you have to appreciate it,” Sharpe said. “This was a good season, overall. There are a few things we probably left out there, but this was a good year from a good group of kids. I can’t say anything bad about them at all.”
Lakers fall in final
Central’s climb to the regional round came at the expense of West Bloomfield High.
After another solid season, the Lakers fell to Central 2-1 in a D-1 district final.
West Bloomfield beat Walled Lake Northern 2-1 in overtime in the semifinal, two days after sneaking past Milford High 1-0 in the playoff opener.