Hard work pays off

By: Jason Carmel Davis, | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 27, 2017

ROSEVILLE — For her work as the catalyst of the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division champion Roseville High girls soccer team, recent graduate Maddie Kay earned league MVP honors, but she was still surprised.

“In my mind, before (coach Brad VandeVorde) called my name, I thought it was going to go to one of my teammates,” said Kay, who led the charge for the Panthers as they claimed the program’s first division title. “I honestly didn’t really expect it.”

Kay, who will major in mechanical engineering at Saginaw Valley State University, ended the season with 14 goals and 18 assists, leading her team to a 16-3-1 mark that included a 13-1-0 MAC Silver record. Along with the division title, Roseville set a school record for wins and won a playoff game for the first time.

 Roseville High’s Maddie Kay, right, has been named the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division MVP. Kay scored 14 goals and tallied 18 assists, helping the Panthers to their first division title.

Roseville High’s Maddie Kay, right, has been named the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division MVP. Kay scored 14 goals and tallied 18 assists, helping the Panthers to their first division title.

File photo by Sean Work

“Being that this is my last year, being able to set and break so many records is such a good feeling,” Kay said. “It makes it seem as if everything leading up to this point was worth it. Every loss the last few years made us hungrier for our ultimate goal of a division title.”

VandeVorde — who is in his third year with the team — said Kay has grown each year he’s coached the MAC Silver MVP. He called her one of the team leaders and a big reason why the Panthers will raise a banner for the first time.

Kay relished the team’s success.

As a four-year varsity player, she’s seen lots of ups and downs, including a 2-13 mark her freshman year.

“From the two wins we had freshman year, to ending my senior year with 16 wins is crazy,” Kay said. “It feels so great to be a part of this program. No matter what the outcome of the season would’ve been, we play with all of our hearts. Being No. 1 (in our division) is just the icing on the cake.”