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May 21, 2013

Clawson High girls soccer gives itself chance at third straight title

By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The Clawson High girls soccer team celebrates after a goal against St. Clair High May 15 at home. The Trojans won 2-0, putting them alone in first place.

CLAWSON — Clawson High senior Kayla Paquette admitted that the team had been thinking of its upcoming game with St. Clair High May 15 the entire week leading up to it.

The winner of the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division showdown would be in the driver’s seat of the standings and control its own destiny.

In their first meeting, St. Clair beat the Trojans 4-0 in St. Clair.

“We were all stressed out the whole week thinking about it. It was a really big game for us, then when we got there, our mindsets were all in the game,” Paquette said May 16 as practice began. “We walked out on the field ready and prepared.”

The Trojans battled their way to a 2-0 victory, putting them at 7-1-2 in the Gold and four points ahead of St. Clair in the standings at press time. Clawson is aiming for its third straight division championship.

Coach Tom Pavlovich said the strength of this squad is its depth.

“One of the signs of a good team, in my opinion, is not having one star, but having multiple girls that can score,” he said, adding that 10 of his 14 players have put one in the back of the net.

The Trojans have also received solid play from their four freshmen on the field, including goalie Diana Davis.

Clawson is 9-2-2 overall, and Davis has let up eight goals all season. St. Clair is the only team to score on the Trojans in a divisional game.

Pavlovich said he was nervous entering the season with a freshman in net, but her play has subsided his fears.

“I was confident we’d win games, but my freshman goalie has really stepped up. It’s been nice to have and good to know I’ll have her for another three years,” Pavlovich said. “She works so hard at practice every day and works at home on things that I’ve shown her at practice. She comes in aggressive and does what she needs to do.”

“She’s stepped up big time,” Paquette added. “When she first started, we really didn’t know her because she was a freshman coming in, but through the season, she has done so well. I’m so proud of her.”

Along with depth, Pavlovich said feels the team’s versatility makes it tough to beat.

“All my girls are expected to play all the positions on the field, except goaltender, and at any given moment,” he said. “I switch them around depending on how they’re playing. (Against St. Clair), I had a forward who was sort of thinking more like a midfielder, so I slotted her back and traded places with someone else, and they had equal production on the field.”

The Trojans played Marine City High May 20, after press time, and end division play at Warren Mott May 24. The start time is still to be determined.

With one win, Clawson is guaranteed a share of the title. With two victories, the Trojans are the outright champions.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Christian Davis at cdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1062. Twitter Follow Christian on Twitter.