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Rochester, Rochester Hills

Adams soccer team claims district title after losing in last year’s final

October 23, 2013

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Stuart Russ (6) works between a pair of Country Day defenders during a district semifinal victory. The Yellow Jackets fell to Cranbrook in the final. In other action, Adams won a district title against Lake Orion.

ROCHESTER HILLS — A year ago, they were a scorned group, one so close to their goal they could taste it, yet so far removed it was painful to even think about.

This year, well, the Rochester Adams boys soccer team made up for all that, claiming a 2013 Division 1 district title with a 2-1 victory last weekend against Lake Orion High.

“Very cool,” coach Josh Hickey said. “These guys haven’t experienced that. They knew what it was like to lose last year in the shootout but not to actually go out and win one. It was pretty cool to be part of.”

Adams earned a spot in the final, thanks to a 2-1 victory against Utica Eisenhower in the semifinal and a 2-0 victory against Romeo High in the opener.

The Highlanders advanced to their first regional round since 2010 and faced Clarkston High in a semifinal after press time.

The D-1 regional final is set for 6 p.m. at Rochester High against Traverse City West or Walled Lake Central.

“We’re finally healthy,” Hickey said when asked what helped his team get to this point. “We’ve been battling it all season, and to get everyone healthy and back and playing the way they could had a lot to do with winning this. It was a tough draw but a great accomplishment for our kids.”

In other district final action
Auburn Hills Avondale fell to Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 2-1 in overtime in a D-2 final.

The Yellow Jackets knocked off Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day 1-0 in a semifinal after beating South Lyon East 4-0 in the opener.

Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest had its season come to a close in a 3-2 loss to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett in a Division 4 final.

The Crusaders beat Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 6-0 in the semifinal and Madison Heights Bishop Foley 7-0 in a playoff opener.

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