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October 23, 2013

Ferndale’s two playoff wins matched regular season total

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Ferndale’s two playoff wins matched regular season total
Berkley’s Curtis Carne (8) and Eric McChesney (18) battle for the ball earlier this season. The Bears fell in the opening round of districts.
Ferndale goalie Connor Wilson makes a stop during practice before the playoffs began. Ferndale equaled its season win total with a pair of victories in the postseason.
 

FERNDALE — The regular season was one of growth.

A team loaded with youth, wins and losses couldn’t be the focus for the Ferndale High soccer squad in 2013.

According to coach Curt Traynor, they weren’t.

But, come playoff time, things were a bit different.

“It was pretty awesome to end the way we did,” Traynor said a day after his guys fell to Hamtramck High 8-1 in a Division 2 district final. “I mean, we started the season playing a real tough schedule. It took us a while to even find our groove. We didn’t really get on track right away.”

The end result was a 2-8-0 mark during the campaign.

But the Eagles went out and equaled that win total in the first two days of the playoffs, beating Detroit Mumford 8-3 in the opener and then Hazel Park High 6-1 in the semifinal.

“By the end of the season, we were playing possession soccer,” Traynor said. “We were playing with the ball and moving it the way you are supposed to.”

As for reaching a district final?

“The team exceeded every expectation I had,” Traynor said. “We were so young, basically being last year’s junior varsity team, to do some of the thing we did was pretty special.”

The end of this season, Traynor hopes, is a prelude to what may come next.

“I feel very fortunate that we’ll have essentially the same, exact team back next year,” Traynor said. “The core group of starters will all be back. They all saw significant time and have the skill set to do some special things in the future.”

Berkley bows out
Berkley High saw its 2013 postseason run come to an end right off the bat.

The Bears drew a tough opponent in their D-1 opener and fell to the University of Detroit Jesuit 6-3.

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