Published June 4, 2014
Heugh praises Athens soccer team after district championship
By Mike Moore firstname.lastname@example.org Follow Mike on Twitter.
TROY — The progression has been evident, a slow and steady climb in the right direction.
Todd Heugh knew it was happening all season with his Troy Athens soccer team.
Now, he has the hardware to prove it.
“It’s excellent. It’s a great accomplishment,” Heugh said of his team and it’s Division 1 district title earned May 31 in a 2-1 victory against Royal Oak. “I mean, I don’t think rebuilding is a fair word, but we lost 48 percent of our scoring to the college ranks. The season started slow, where we were struggling to do some things well, and to come all the way back is pretty special.”
Athens also had to come back in the game itself.
Athens trailed Royal Oak 1-0 with 2:41 remaining in regulation before Silvanna Mancini found the back of the net to even the game at a goal each.
Things eventually went to a shootout, where Athens won by a 4-2 count.
Amanda Harris stopped two of Royal Oak’s attempts, while Athens scored on all four of its shots.
“We’ve been in so many tight games; we had the confidence coming into this one,” Heugh said. “We’ve been battling all season, and this was more of that.”
Athens moved on to the Sterling Heights Stevenson regional and faced Utica Ford in a game played after press time.
Macomb Dakota and Grosse Pointe South played in the other semifinal, and the regional championship is set for 7 p.m. June 6.
The Red Hawks (8-5-10) beat Birmingham Seaholm 2-1 in the district semi two days after beating Beverly Hills Groves 2-1 in a playoff opener.
“Just to see the pure joy on the kids’ faces, that’s what makes this so awesome,” Heugh added. “It was a hot day. We played 100 minutes of soccer, and they had to battle. For a team that started 1-4-1, to get to this point, is a lot to be proud of.”
- 7 DAYS
- 30 DAYS
- Times may be a-changing for Oakland University golf program - Metro Detroit
- Utica Ford boys golf tops at 2015 Evans-Gill tournament - Ray Township
- OAA boys basketball names honor teams - Oakland County
- Troy and Athens softball set to face off for first — and only — meeting - Troy
- Mercy softball stays perfect on the season, wins by mercy twice in doubleheader sweep of Ladywood - Farmington Hills
- New Tower baseball coach sees potential in young team - Warren
- Eisenhower lacrosse has sights set on another MAC Red title - Shelby Township
- Catholic League honors boys, girls hoops teams - Metro Detroit
- Macomb Area Conference names season’s top hockey players - Macomb County
- Center Line baseball to lean on defense and pitching, manufacturing runs - Center Line
- Gasparotto challenging his Farmington soccer squad with hopes of playoff payoff - Farmington
- Roseville High softball coach teaching positivity, joy of the game - Roseville
- Lake Shore softball hopes to build on last season’s run to regionals - St. Clair Shores
- Royal Oak coach rewarded for greatness - Royal Oak
- Roseville High softball coach teaching positivity, joy of the game
- East Detroit baseball out to surprise teams in 2015
- Royal Oak coach rewarded for greatness
- Lakeview baseball expecting good things in 2015
- East Detroit softball looking to stay on the upswing
- Former North soccer standout, Stander, returns to patrol the sidelines
- Royal Oak High soccer back with experience and high goals