BirminghamJune 3, 2014
Seaholm soccer comes to close with program on the rise; local squads win district titles
By Christian Davis
C & G Sports Writer
When Birmingham Seaholm coach Manuel Rodrigues reflects on the Division 1 district semifinal, he believes its one that got away.
The Maples fell to eventual district champion Troy Athens 2-1 May 29 at Bloomfield Hills High.
“It was a fair game and very physical,” he said. “I would say we outplayed them, but that’s why you play the game. Athens is a good team with a real good coach over there. It’s just one of those things.”
Athens led 1-0 at the half before the Maples knotted it up a minute into the second frame.
“I like to think it was my halftime speech, but I think the girls realized this could be their last game,” the coach said. “It was one of those games where if we played the next day, we would probably beat them.”
“We had a very tough district, and anyone could have won it,” he continued. “At the end of the day, we can’t really argue with it. Athens is moving on, and good luck to them. I’d like to see them win it all.”
Still, Rodrigues is very proud of his team’s accomplishments and the trajectory of the program.
Seaholm won the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division, which was its first title since 1989. Next year, the Maples will play in the White Division.
Rodrigues said his goal when he took over the team two years ago was to bring it to a level on par with the best programs in the county.
“When I got here, I just couldn’t figure out why Seaholm couldn’t be up there with the Troys and Rochesters, and everyone else,” he said. “The confidence within the program now is that we’re not some kind of ‘B’ team. We can play with the big teams in Oakland County. There’s no reason we shouldn’t, and we’ll be better next year.”
The coach credited his seniors and the support from the parents and community.
“We’re building something here,” he said. “It’s a lot further along than I thought it would be two years in. I knew what I wanted to do but wasn’t sure about the support, and there has been more support than I could have imagined.”
In other local soccer action:
Bloomfield Hills Marian won a D-2 district title.
The Mustangs beat Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 8-0 May 31 at Farmington High.
Up next, Marian meets Warren Regina at 7 p.m. June 4 in Berkley in a regional semifinal.
Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day won a district championship in D-3.
The Yellowjackets beat Madison Heights Madison 9-0 May 30 at Clawson High.
Country Day played its regional semifinal against Grosse Ile High after press time. The winner takes on either Pontiac Notre Dame Prep or Flint Powers Catholic at 7 p.m. June 5 at Farmington Hills Harrison for the regional championship.