Utica Ford II girls soccer looking to turn things around

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published May 11, 2018

 Utica Ford II girls soccer coach Teri Steinwascher talks with her team during an April 30 game against Utica Eisenhower. The Falcons are working on different tactics in an attempt to turn their season around.

Utica Ford II girls soccer coach Teri Steinwascher talks with her team during an April 30 game against Utica Eisenhower. The Falcons are working on different tactics in an attempt to turn their season around.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

STERLING HEIGHTS — The loss of several players to graduation, a major infusion of young talent and adjusting to a new style of play has the Utica Ford II girls soccer program in a bit of a transitional season.

Coach Teri Steinwascher, who last season led the team to its second state semifinal trip in four seasons, said she and her players are working on implementing new tactics and ideas into the game plan. At press time, the Falcons were 2-6 overall and 1-3 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division.

“The girls have been terrific in working on changing things,” Steinwascher said.

The Falcons went 58-13-8 from 2014 to 2017. This year’s team has 11 players who were a part of last year’s squad and 10 first-year varsity players. Ford lost two players to injury and two to a new developmental academy based in Pontiac.

Picking up the slack this season is a quartet of seniors: Darline Radamaker, Julie Ann Piechocki, Maddi Vick and Kiersten Zaremba.

Radamaker and Piechocki have strong presences on and off the field, Steinwascher said, while Vick and Zaremba do a great job of keeping morale high.

Piechocki said the team must focus on playing to its strengths the rest of the season.

“Since we’re not the most technical team, we need to play good defense and capitalize on counter attacks to be successful,” Piechocki said.

Vick and junior Kayla Landman have done an admirable job in goal, Steinwascher said. The Falcons’ back line comprises all new players.

To add to the transition, Steinwascher said the team has yet to play a game with a full squad due to injuries.

“I’m hoping we’ll be healthy in the next few weeks,” the coach said.

That health would come at the perfect time, as the state playoffs begin May 29. Playing in the MAC Red helps prepare the Falcons for the postseason, Steinwascher said, and provides the team’s rookies with good live-game reps in advance of a possible postseason run.

“I’ve got good optimism about the rest of the season,” Steinwascher said. “I’m hopeful we’ll end on a high note.”

“As a senior, I would love for our team to win a district title,” Piechocki said. “As long as we learn to work better as a team and reach our highest potential, I won’t be disappointed about how the postseason turns out.”

Up next, Ford takes on Utica Eisenhower at 7 p.m. May 16 at home.