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St. Clair Shores

April 17, 2013

South Lake girls soccer team going for third straight MAC Silver championship

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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The St. Clair Shores South Lake girls soccer team is gunning for its third straight MAC Silver title. Pictured is Cavs senior Katelyn McCoy, right, during an April 9 game against Roseville High.

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores South Lake girls soccer has gone 24-0-0 in Macomb Area Conference Silver Division play over the last two years — winning the league each season.

Cavaliers coach Marty Shearer said there’s no reason his team can’t three-peat.

“I think we still have a solid shot at winning the league,” said Shearer, in his 24th year with South Lake. “I see Center Line and East Detroit as chief competition. I know they both want to knock us off, but we’re still the front-runner.”

By winning a third straight MAC Silver crown, the Cavs would have their second such run since the turn of the century. South Lake won three straight MAC Gold titles from 2000-2002, going 25-1-4 over that span.

The Cavs have amassed a 26-9-1 record overall since the start of the 2011 season. South Lake had a mark of 2-0, 1-0 in the Silver at press time.

“That’s our main goal every year — win the league,” Shearer said. “And we have six non-league games against MAC Gold teams that we want to go .500 in. We’ve beat Roseville, but we’ve had trouble winning those crossover games in recent years.”

Shearer said he expects his team to have both a solid offense and defense this year. He added he has two returning goalkeepers — junior Katelyn Tomasello and sophomore Chasity Homer — who should help the Cavs keep opposing teams from netting goals.

The South Lake coach added senior Rachel Schnell and junior Lauren Giurlanda are expected to lead the team on the field.

“We’ve been fortunate to get players who have experience playing soccer and who put the team first,” Shearer said. “We should be able to score some goals this year and play strong defense.”

Shearer added that his team must work on retaining possession of the ball if it wants to continue its recent run of success.

The Cavs next hit the field for a matchup against New Haven at 4:30 p.m. April 17 at South Lake.

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