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St. Clair Shores

South Lake girls soccer coach has been with program for a quarter century

June 3, 2014

St. Clair Shores South Lake girls soccer coach Marty Shearer completed his 25th year with the program. Shearer is pictured during a regular-season game against Roseville High.

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The reason St. Clair Shores South Lake girls soccer coach Marty Shearer has stayed with the program for 25 years is simple.

“I just really enjoy watching the kids play, and come into the program and grow as athletes and people,” said Shearer, who in 2014 marked 25 years with the Cavaliers’ girls soccer program. “It’s great to be here year after year and see the players come in and improve, and even better when you see them go off to college.”

This season, South Lake won its fourth straight Macomb Area Conference Silver Division title. The Cavs went 10-0-0 in league play and finished 11-5-0 overall, falling to St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 6-0 in a Division 2 district quarterfinal May 27 at Lake Shore. Lake Shore fell 1-0 to Warren Regina in a D-2 district semi May 29 at Lake Shore. The Shorians end the season at 13-2-5.

South Lake hasn’t dropped a league match since 2010. Over that four-year stretch, the Cavs have amassed a 46-0-0 record in league play. They also won three straight league titles from 2000-02.

“It’s been a great run the last four years. I love it because every March, we get a full group of girls who are completed dedicated to soccer for (the entire season),” Shearer said. “We go into every year hoping to have success, and it’s a testament to everyone — players, coaches — the success we’ve had.”

South Lake’s success this season came with a relatively young group, featuring just three seniors: Lauren Guirlanda, Emily Taylor and Katelyn Tomasello. Shearer said those three did a great job of providing leadership for the other 16 players on the roster, all of whom are eligible to return in 2015.

“What was great about this group of seniors was that they were really all-around soccer players,” Shearer said. “We could put them out on the field, and they could play any position they were asked to.”

As for the loss to Lake Shore, Shearer said he told the girls he was extremely proud of how they competed until the end of the match. He said Lake Shore was able to control the 50/50 balls and attack the Cavs’ defense.

Shearer said he expects next year’s team to compete for a fifth straight division title. He also said he’s hopeful the team can put together a long playoff run.

That implies that Shearer will be back for a 26th run with the team.

“Yeah, I’ll be back next year. There’s no timetable set for when I’m going to leave,” Shearer said. “It could be 1-2 years or 3-4 years before I go, but I’ll be around a while.”

Lakeview girls soccer falls in district quarters
The St. Clair Shores Lakeview girls soccer team saw its season come to an end in a 1-0 loss to Grosse Pointe North in a Division 1 district quarterfinal May 28 at Lakeview.

The Huskies end the season at 10-7-2.

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