Lakers girls soccer looking to carry momentum of last spring

By: Mike Moore | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published April 13, 2018

 West Bloomfield High’s Maya Madi moves the ball during an April 10 game against Birmingham Groves. The Lakers were 3-1-0 at press time, with their lone loss coming to the Falcons.

West Bloomfield High’s Maya Madi moves the ball during an April 10 game against Birmingham Groves. The Lakers were 3-1-0 at press time, with their lone loss coming to the Falcons.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

 West Bloomfield’s Gabriela Green and the Lakers reached a district final last year. The team is looking to exceed that in 2018.

West Bloomfield’s Gabriela Green and the Lakers reached a district final last year. The team is looking to exceed that in 2018.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The final record last year wasn’t anything eye-opening. 

In fact, when the 2017 spring season came to a close, the West Bloomfield High girls soccer team was a few games below the .500 mark.

And that was actually the start to what coach Jason Clark hopes is something better this time around.

“That was a real building block,” Clark said of last year. 

The Lakers started six freshmen in 2017, but still battled to a 7-9-2 record. They also reached a district final in the state playoffs for the first time in more than 20 years, according to Clark.

Now the challenge is being even better.

“We’re still young, but we have some experience,” Clark said. “On a team of 18, we have eight sophomores. But these girls have stepped into their roles. They’re more comfortable playing together. They’ve really come together.”

At press time, the Lakers were 3-1-0 overall, thanks in large part to an offense that has been explosive. West Bloomfield hadn’t yet played a game in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

In the first three games of the season, all wins, West Bloomfield totaled 21 goals.

“We’re not going to score at that rate all year,” Clark said with a laugh. “But this is a very confident group that plays like it. I think we could very easily average two or three (goals) per game.”

Emily Falkowski leads the team with four scores along with Gabby Green, who also has two assists. Marisa Silver has three goals and an assist, while Chloe Barnthouse has three goals and six assists.

“At the same time, we have some phenomenal goaltenders,” Clark boasted about sophomores Silver and Avary Marshall.

The lone loss so far was a 1-0 setback to Birmingham Groves. Now it’s on for the rest of the spring to turn some heads.

“We were near the bottom of the league last year, and to take that step and move up would be huge,” Clark said. “We want to pick up where we left off last year, winning games, getting into the playoffs playing well, and then making a run at the district.”

Call Sports Writer Mike Moore at (586) 498-1062. Follow Sports on Twitter @CandGSports.