BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Like any coach who’s been there before, who’s seen the mountain top and understands the rigors of the journey, Barry Brodsky is taking a very cautious approach to the 2013 soccer season.
“So far, so good,” the Bloomfield Hills Marian soccer coach said last week when speaking of his team and the young season. “We’ve looked good, but like everyone else, we haven’t had a ton of practice time (before spring break) because of the weather. So, I guess we’re right where we should be right now.”
Ending the season where they “should be,” is the key for the Mustangs, though, and it’s at a level few programs can relate to.
The defending Class B state champs are fresh off a 22-2-1 finish in 2012.
The 3-1 victory against Plainwell in the final marked the third state title in the past four seasons and fifth since 2003.
But what about this team and this year?
“The biggest thing for us is probably health,” Brodsky said. “We don’t have the depth we’ve had the past few years.”
“If we’re healthy,” he continued, “I like to think we can do just about anything.”
Including another state title?
Marian was 2-0-1 at press time, playing three early games before the teams scattered for a weeklong break.
Twelve girls are back in the mix from last year, but only five regular starters have returned.
Still, experience is one of the main, and first, strengths Brodsky spoke of.
“We have five seniors that are in their third or fourth year on varsity,” he explained. “That part of the team will be very strong. Most of these girls were part of the championship and have played in some real big games.”
And while some coaches may dismiss talk of previous years, leaving the past in the past, so to speak, Brodsky said he embraces it.
“One of the things we try to do here is see the old players come back, and we talk about the past and talk about what those teams have done,” he added. “It’s a new year and a new team, but there are plenty of lessons to be learned by the teams that have come before this one.”
Lessons many hope to duplicate.