St. Clair Shores Lakeview freshman James Linsdeau draws a crowd during an Aug. 23 game against Sterling Heights Stevenson. The Huskies hope to win their first division title since 2014.

St. Clair Shores Lakeview freshman James Linsdeau draws a crowd during an Aug. 23 game against Sterling Heights Stevenson. The Huskies hope to win their first division title since 2014.

Photo by Sean Work


Young Lakeview boys soccer team hopes to compete

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published September 6, 2019

 Lakeview coach Simon Miners watches from the sidelines. The Huskies’ next game is against Sterling Heights High at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at home.

Lakeview coach Simon Miners watches from the sidelines. The Huskies’ next game is against Sterling Heights High at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at home.

Photo by Sean Work

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — After a long run in the Macomb Area Conference White Division, the St. Clair Shores Lakeview boys soccer team has moved to the MAC Blue.

The move was a tough one for longtime Huskies coach Simon Miners, but he said it was necessary.

“Moving down to the Blue wasn’t something that I wanted to do,” said Miners, as Lakeview sat at 4-2-1 overall and 2-0 in the MAC Blue at press time. “I felt it was something I had to do. We have a very young team this season with only one senior.

“I felt we needed to be in a division where we could compete, and it’s probably the (MAC Blue) at the moment. I always want to play at the highest level possible, but at the same time I don’t want to be in a position where incoming players see that we have struggled, and that makes them think twice about even trying out.”

Lakeview, which last won a division title in 2014, has performed admirably thus far, Miners said. The early returns have hopefully shown the young players they can compete with anybody as long as they stay focused and disciplined.

Miners said a number of his players are playing out of position. With that said, he believes defense could be the team’s calling card.

The coach said the team’s offensive attack has to improve.

“We don’t have any ‘natural’ strikers who are completely comfortable in front of the goal,” Miners said. “That’s not to say the boys can’t score goals, but we don’t have that one guy who everyone looks to and counts on to score goals.”

Leading the way for the Huskies is junior captain Tyler Gerbasi. Miners called Gerbasi a gifted player with a good soccer brain.

Miners also tapped juniors Logan Feleo, Mike Brown and Riley Martin as team leaders.

Miners believes his team will be competitive and could challenge for the MAC Blue crown.

“What we do have is a pool of good players that can make things happen if they work hard, together, as a team,” Miners said. “My goal is always to win the division. It shows consistency over the season. The districts, to me, are a bit of a crapshoot. Depending on the draw, you can be a last-place team and make the district final. This year, with the introduction of seeding, hopefully the finals are a little more of an even matchup. And hopefully we’re involved in a final.”

Lakeview’s next game is against Sterling Heights High at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at home.

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