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October 23, 2013

Hot streak for Southfield Christian comes to a close in district final

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Lathrup’s Kebba Canneh is pictured during a game against North Farmington at the end of the regular season. The Chargers fell to Brother Rice in a district opener.

CANTON — This was a team that started the year with four wins in five games.

Then came a hard-luck loss: one of those set-your-season-off-track setbacks.

“A game we just kind of gave away a free goal,” Southfield Christian boys soccer coach Dennis Brose said of a one-goal loss to Oakland Christian. “Things kind of spiraled out of control after that.”

In fact, the Eagles went 0-8-1 over their next nine games.

“So I said to the guys, ‘Can we go on a winning streak and make something happen?’” Brose explained.

The guys said they could, and then backed words with action.

The Eagles won five in a row down the stretch, finally seeing the winning streak come to an end in a 2-1 loss to Birmingham Roeper in an Oct. 19 Division 4 district final.

Southfield Christian struck in the first half on a goal by Patrick Brose, but Roeper had the only two scores in the second half.

“We battled them as well as we had all season, but I think we gave them two easy goals,” Brose said after the game, played at Plymouth Christian. His guys finished the year 0-3 against Roeper. “That was a tough loss.”

But it was also a solid season of growth.

The roster had just four seniors, and with a solid freshman class coming in, as well as a significant amount of guys set to return, the future is as bright as ever.

“We have some good guys coming in,” Brose said. “We’re looking forward to what the future has in store. Now, it’s on us to make what we have coming back work.”

Battle to the end

A program certainly on the rise, Lathrup Village Southfield Lathrup gave Birmingham Brother Rice everything it had in a 3-0 opening-round loss in the Division 1 tournament.