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October 24, 2012

Lakeview boys soccer team falls in district final; Lake Shore moves on to regionals

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Lakeview boys soccer team falls in district final; Lake Shore moves on to regionals
Lakeview wrapped up its season following a shootout loss to Grosse Pointe South at district final. Pictured is Huskies junior Justin Thorngate.

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Lakeview boys soccer team ran into a familiar foe in its Division 1 Michigan High School Athletic Association district final, as the Huskies fell 2-1 in a shootout to Macomb Area Conference White Division rival Grosse Pointe South Oct. 18 at Grosse Pointe North.

“We’ve played them twice before today, and they’re a tough team,” Lakeview coach Simon Miners said.

The Huskies — 7-10-3, 4-7-1 MAC White — beat Detroit Western International 2-1 Oct. 15 in a district quarterfinal and knocked off Roseville 2-0 Oct. 17 in a district semi to reach the final.

“A district title would have been nice for the kids to have,” said Miners, in his fourth year with Lakeview. “It would have given some recognition to the school and he program.”

The Huskies’ coach led his team to the district finals after falling in the district semis on 2011. 

“Fantastic effort,” Miners said after the game. “Really proud of the lads. Great effort, great heart. It’s a horrible way to win or lose. Doesn’t seem fair, but you got to do something; otherwise, you go on all night.”

Miners said the loss doesn’t overshadow the performance of some of Lakeview’s players.

Miners touted the contributions of junior Eric Tass and senior Chris Stidham. He said both those players have been great examples for others as far as putting time in to get better.

“Those two have definitely been the leaders of the team,” Miners said.

Miners also talked up junior goalkeeper Zack Raymond, who will likely be key for Lakeview next season.

Miners said he hopes returning players and new additions can have Lakeview on an upswing next year. He added high school sports have a bit of a cyclical nature, which can mean success or failure for any given team.

“You have a couple years where you’re up and a couple when you’re down,” Miners said. “I think we have a decent group of juniors and our JV team has been good, so I think there’s potential there.”

For more on the game against South, check out our website at www.candgnews.com.

In other playoff news:
The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore boys soccer team will move on to a regional after downing St. Clair High 7-0 Oct. 18 in a Division 2 district final.

The Shorians (16-1-4) will face the winner of a Dearborn Divine Child/Redford Union matchup in a regional semifinal set for either Oct. 23 or 24 at Bloomfield Hills Lahser.

On its way to the district title, Lake Shore beat Warren Lincoln 9-1 Oct. 15 in a district quarterfinal and bested Center Line 4-1 Oct. 17 in a district semi.

South Lake’s boys soccer team fell 7-0 to Detroit Country Day Oct. 17 in a D-3 MHSAA soccer district semifinal.

The Cavaliers end their season with a record of 10-8-2. South Lake went 8-2-2 in the MAC Silver.

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