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St. Clair Shores

Thirteen seniors to pave the way for Lake Shore boys soccer team

September 4, 2013

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The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore boys soccer team is eyeing a third-straight trip to the MHSAA D-2 regional round this postseason. Pictured is Shorians senior midfielder/forward Kyle Kretschmer during an Aug. 27 game against St. Clair Shores South Lake.

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore High boys soccer team has won two consecutive Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 district titles.

The Shorians have fallen in the regional round each of the last two seasons, as well.

So what needs to happen for Lake Shore (1-0 at press time) to advance deeper in the postseason?

“This season, the team is just looking to get better in each game we play,” Shorians coach Dave Lount said. “Hopefully, by the time the postseason rolls around, we will have a stronger team than last season.”

Lake Shore, which has won Macomb Area Conference Division titles four of the last six seasons (2012, 2010, 2009, 2007), should have the personnel to peak prior to the start of the playoffs. The Shorians return 12 players from last year’s regional qualifier, Lount said. In that group are nine players who saw time in a regional final in 2011. In all, 13 of Lake Shore’s 17 players are seniors.

That wealth of experience, Lount said, will be the Shorians’ strength.

“We have a talented group of guys who will work hard every game,” Lount said.

Included in that talented group are three seniors who are also co-captains of the squad — midfielder/forward Joey Podsiadly, midfielder/forward Michael Swarthout and midfielder/defenseman Mike DeMara.

“But with 13 seniors, we have a lot of leaders,” Lount said.

The Lake Shore coach said his group must improve on its movement off of the ball and finishing if it hopes to make a deep playoff run. Lount said he and his players have also set some lofty goals for this year’s group.

“The team goal is to go further than last season and win regionals,” Lount said. “It will be tough to achieve this goal, but with dedication, hard work and a little luck, maybe we will get there.”

The Shorians next hit the field for a matchup against Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse, set for 5 p.m. Sept. 4 at L’Anse Creuse.

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