East Detroit High boys soccer coach Chris Lohrmann took over the team — with just two seniors and a small roster — in late August.
The East Detroit coach, whose team had a mark of 0-2-0, 0-2-0 Macomb Area Conference Silver Division at press time, said the young team has performed admirably.
“They’re picking things up,” Lohrmann said. “I have several kids who have never played before, but they’re learning quite fast. I think we’ll be all right.”
One of those first-year soccer players is senior sweeper Brian Finn, who said he can tell Lohrmann wants to build a program that can sustain success.
“I’m new to the sport, and I think Coach is great,” said Finn, one of three captains on the team. “We’re picking up a lot of new techniques and skills, and he’s teaching the young guys pretty well.”
Lohrmann said he made Finn a captain — along with junior midfielder William Dyrval and sophomore midfielder Bryan Bieniewicz — because the senior is well respected among his teammates. The Shamrocks’ coach called Finn a natural leader, adding the senior sweeper is very vocal and is picking the game up pretty quickly.
Lohrmann said he’s been teaching the basics over the few weeks he’s been at the helm. He said he believes even the most skilled, experienced team should always work on the basics because they’re a big part of the game.
“It’s always good to revisit trapping and ball-movement drills,” Lohrmann said. “Just over the last couple of weeks, the team has done a complete 180. They’ve really surprised me with how fast they’re picking things up. I think that as we go along, they’ll keep getting better.”
Dyrval said picking the game up quickly is vital if East Detroit hopes to have a solid season. The Shamrocks had a respectable mark of 7-8-1, 4-7-1 MAC Silver in 2012. That came after East Detroit won 10 games total from 2009-11.
“You have to be able to adapt, and I’m glad we’re picking things up so quickly,” Dyrval said. “Hopefully, we can get some players to come out and try and build on what we’re doing.”
Bieniewicz said the skills the Shamrocks are building now will pay dividends once the 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association state playoffs begin Oct. 14.
Lohrmann hasn’t thought that far ahead yet. He said he just wants his players to focus on playing hard and giving 100 percent effort each game and practice.
“You want to win — everybody wants to win,” Lohrmann said. “But losing is a part of the sport, and that’s where you learn from your mistakes. I want them to take what they learn in the games they play and put that to use in the future so they aren’t making the same mistakes each game.”
The Shamrocks next hit the field for a matchup against Marysville High, set for 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at Forest Park Elementary in Eastpointe.