St. Clair ShoresMay 28, 2013
Lakeview girls soccer team goes undefeated in league play, wins MAC Blue title
By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer
A 10-0 win over Sterling Heights High May 20 put an exclamation point on the St. Clair Shores Lakeview girls soccer team’s undefeated run through the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division.
The Huskies, 14-3 overall at press time, capped off a league season that saw Lakeview rebound after not winning a divisional game in two years.
“Every two years, they make the changes in the divisions, so we had a chance to go down to the Blue two years ago,” Huskies coach Brooke Sweeney-Pouliot said. “But we chose to stay in the White to learn to be more competitive … because we wanted to be in the position we’re in this year.
“Win-loss wise, yes, we probably got beat up the last two years, but overall, as far as learning, playing, developing players and battling with those other teams, I think it really did a lot for these girls.”
Sweeney-Pouliot, in her sixth year with the Lakeview program, said two MAC crossover games early in the season — against Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South — showed her and her players that the Huskies could compete.
The Lakeview coach said she schedules those types of games to gauge where her team stands early in a campaign. Sweeney-Pouliot said even though the Huskies lost both games, her team played in a way that showed good things were on the horizon.
“Shooting, connections with passes and different things like that,” she said. “Even though we lost those games early on, I think we played well. There were pieces in both of those games where we said, ‘Keep working hard at this or that and we’ll do well.’
“They know what it’s like to lose, so this year, they kind of get the credit for winning and working hard. That’s not to say they didn’t work hard before, but now they’re seeing the wins that come along with that.”
Sweeney-Pouliot said a strong core that includes senior forward Sarah Economeas and sophomore Kieley Phillips has had a major impact on Lakeview’s success. She said those two solidify a group of five players who’ve played together for two years.
“That’s kind of played a role in building the backbone of the team and helped to strengthen the group,” the coach said. “From that, we just build on things, as far as talking on the field and making runs.
“We know there’s a bull’s eye on our back and that things can be taken away at any time, so we just work as hard as we can.”
Sweeney-Pouliot said corner kicks would be a focus as Lakeview prepares for the state playoffs. The Huskies must do a better job of capitalizing on corner kicks and playing better defense on those kicks, she said. Lakeview opened the playoffs with a district quarterfinal matchup against Roseville, which was played after press time.
Complete information on the draw was not available at press time. Other teams in Lakeview’s draw include East Detroit, North, South, Warren Mott and Warren Cousino.
“I’m excited for districts and I think the girls are, too,” Sweeney-Pouliot said, “because each team gets better throughout the season, so I’m excited to see how we do.”