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St. Clair Shores

May 6, 2014

High expectations for Lake Shore girls soccer team

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore girls soccer team has seen its win total increase in each of the last three seasons. Pictured is Lake Shore senior goalkeeper Carly Vargo during an April 17 game against St. Clair Shores Lakeview.

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The win total for the St. Clair Shores Lake Shore girls soccer team has increased each of the last three seasons.

In order for that run to continue, Shorians coach Dave Lount said the team must play every game with energy and toughness.

“If we play with a high level of effort and continue to play within our system, we should finish strong,” said Lount, whose team had a record of 7-2-2, 6-0-2 Macomb Area Conference Blue Division at press time.

Lake Shore was one of five MAC teams (along with St. Clair Shores South Lake, Grosse Pointe South, Anchor Bay and St. Clair High) without a divisional loss. Lount said the team has played well, outside of some inconsistencies on the scoring end and a 5-1 loss to Auburn Hills Avondale April 3.

Lount called his team — which features just two seniors, goalkeeper Carly Vargo and midfielder/forward Xhesika Topalli — balanced. He said the group plays strong defense, displays solid offensive abilities and is strong in net. Lake Shore had recorded five shutouts and held three other opponents to one goal. It had also scored four or more goals in five games.

The team already has tied in two matches after not having tied once last season. Lount said for those ties to becomes wins, Lake Shore must consistently finish on scoring opportunities.

“We’re more than halfway through divisional play and have not lost a game inside the MAC Blue,” said Lount, who guided Lake Shore to a 10-2 finish in the league last year — two matches behind first-place Macomb Dakota. “As a team, we’re pleased with our record, but we know we can play better.”

Lake Shore sat two matches ahead of second-place Port Huron Northern in the loss column in the MAC Blue. The Shorians haven’t won a division title since 2008 — as members of the MAC Gold. The team has fared well in the Blue, finishing in second place in 2013 and going 5-5-2 in 2012.

Winning a division title is one of the goals the team set, along with improving every day as individuals and as a team.

“We have improved over the last two years (in the MAC Blue),” Lount said. “In order to win the division this year, we must maintain our focus.”

Lake Shore’s next match is against Romeo High and is set for 6 p.m. May 7 at Lake Shore.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.