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September 18, 2013

Lakeview boys soccer coach sets goal of winning MAC White

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Lakeview boys soccer coach sets goal of winning MAC White
The St. Clair Shores Lakeview boys soccer team features 13 seniors on its 17-player roster. Pictured is Huskies senior defenseman and captain Andrew Willing, left, during a Sept. 9 matchup with Macomb L’Anse Creuse North.

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lakeview boys soccer coach Simon Miners said he believes the Macomb Area Conference White Division will look similar to how it did in 2012.

Fraser High went 10-0-2 in league play last season to capture the division title. Miners called Fraser, which had a mark of 3-0-0 in MAC Blue matches at press time, the favorite coming into the 2013 campaign.

The Huskies finished fifth in the MAC Blue in 2012 after winning the league in 2011.

Fraser knocked off Lakeview 3-0 Sept. 4. The teams meet again at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Lakeview.

“I said to the boys after that game that that’s the best I’ve ever felt after a 3-0 loss,” said Miners, whose team had a record of 3-2-0, 2-1-0 MAC Blue at press time. “We weren’t out of it by any means. It was just a couple of bad breaks that cost us the game.”

The Lakeview coach said he would be disappointed if his team didn’t finish in the top half of the seven-team division, but his goal is loftier.

“To me, how you finish in the league is a good gauge of where you are as a team, so I’d like to win (the MAC White),” Miners said. “I guess you could say that’s the goal — to win the league.”

Miners said his team has displayed solid play early in the 2013 season. After breaking in 17 new players last season, the Huskies’ roster features 13 seniors; four juniors fill out the remainder of the squad.

Miners said while he is pleased with what he’s seen to this point, Lakeview players must continue to work on capitalizing on scoring chances. Through five games at press time, the Huskies scored nine goals and allowed seven. Lakeview recorded two shutouts, while being blanked once.

Miners said the Huskies have shown strong passing and an ability to keep possession of the ball.

“I’m quite pleased with them. I was a little apprehensive, but I think I’m always that way going into a new season,” Miners said. “I don’t think they’ve had a bad performance, really. Even the game we lost 3-0 (to Fraser), we weren’t really out of it.

“They’re doing things well, and playing simple soccer and not making it more confusing than it has to be. But they’ve got to finish (at the net).”

Miners said having such an experienced group helps Lakeview players stay even-keeled. He selected three senior captains — defenseman Eric Cass, midfielder Sam Miners and defenseman Andrew Willing — but said he expects everyone on the roster to conduct themselves as though they’re a captain.

Each of the captains has a different personality, Miners said. The Huskies coach said that was by design.

“One kid is loud and vocal. There’s one who’s kind of serious, and one who’s lighthearted, but who leads by example,” Miners said.

“I’ve got a ton of seniors, and I could have picked anybody. I expect all of the players to lead by example — whether they’re a captain or not. This is their last year playing competitive soccer — for most of them — so I hope they all take it seriously.”

Lakeview next hits the field for a battle with MAC White foe Warren Cousino (0-3-1, 0-2-0 at press time). Game time is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at Lakeview.

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