Defending district champs, Seaholm soccer hits the ground running in ‘17

By: Mike Moore | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published September 11, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Last year’s Birmingham Seaholm boys soccer team caught fire when it mattered most.

After a regular season with a .500 record, the Maples kicked into the Division 1 playoffs with a 2-1 victory over Birmingham Brother Rice.

That was followed by a 1-0 overtime victory over Troy High and a 1-0 victory over Berkley High that earned the program its first district title in eight years.

The regional semifinal gave way to a 2-1 loss to Grand Blanc High, and the end of the road for a majority of the roster’s players.

New year, but not much has changed.

Despite bringing back just four members of the district championship team, Seaholm hit the ground running this year, and at press time had lost just once in seven games.

“It’s been a real good start,” coach Jared Vince said of the 3-1-3 record. “We have a great group of kids, some younger guys playing very well. And we’ve gotten some tough scoring when we needed.”

The Maples opened the season with Rice, which Vince said is a key every season. Seaholm tied the Warriors 1-1.

“I think that rivalry really propels the team to a level of seriousness and competitiveness,” he said. “It makes us ready for that first game.”

In another battle against rival Bloomfield Hills High, the Maples came back from two different deficits and battled for a 3-2 victory.

“We only have four guys back, but these are mature kids who’ve played together a lot,” Vince said. “They’ve played together at this school and on club (teams) and other teams. This is a new varsity team, but they’re not new to each other.”

Contributions have come from almost everyone on the roster, though Vince said there have been some key contributors.

Hagen Cunningham leads the offense with four goals.

Meanwhile, Zac Martin has allowed just nine goals thus far in net.

Vince was also quick to credit the team’s three captains — Martin, Grant Davis and Nick Ross — saying how essential their leadership has been in turning over the roster but maintaining the same level of play.

“There’s still some things we’re figuring out,” Vince said, noting how early it still is in the season. At press time, the Maples were 1-1-1 in Oakland Activities Association White Division play.

“But this is a group with a lot of potential,” he continued. “The rest of the season, the focus is really going to be on the district and learning about the teams we’ll be grouped with. We believe we have a great shot to win that district.”

Again.