Soccer

Published June 13, 2012

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FARMINGTON — The Troy High girls soccer team will get a chance to avenge a loss in last year's state final after knocking off Canton 2-1 June 13 at Farmington High in a Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 soccer state semifinal.

Troy (19-2-3) will play Okemos at noon June 16 at Michigan State University. Okemos topped Rochester Adams 1-0 in overtime in the other D-1 semifinal.

In the 2011 final, the Colts lost 1-0 to Novi. A win would give Troy its first state title since 2003.

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Published June 13, 2012

PONTIAC/ROCHESTER HILLS — There were five Oakland County soccer teams still alive in the 2012 Michigan High School Athletic Association playoffs a press time.

Two of those teams, Rochester Adams and Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, have local ties.

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Published June 5, 2012

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UPDATE: In Division 3 at Beverly Hills-Detroit Country Day, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 2-1 June 6. Prep advances to a 7 p.m. June 8 final against Grosse Ille.

 

FRASER - Troy High's and Grosse Pointe South’s girls soccer teams won regional semifinal games June 5 and will meet in a 6:30 p.m. Friday June 8 regional final at Fraser High with a trip to the Division 1 state semifinals on the line.

Colts top Tars

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Published May 29, 2012

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The Dakota girls soccer team decided that enough was enough and took out its frustrations by frustrating its opponents.

The Cougars allowed just one goal in 12 league games, keeping the opposition at bay while going on to win the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division title.

Coach Mark Ruth said it was the squad’s defense that was the catalyst behind the 9-0-3 first-place finish.

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Published May 25, 2012

FRASER — The Fraser High girls soccer team has won titles before, but not like this.

The Ramblers have even finished league play undefeated, yet there’s always been a tie or two here and there.

But not this year.

There’s no blemish on the Ramblers’ record after a perfect 12-0-0 campaign in the Macomb Area Conference White Division.

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Published May 15, 2012

If the soccer team from Ferndale High continues to enjoy the kind of success it has thus far, the 2012 season will be historic.

Ferndale coach Mike Kuzniar believes the girls soccer program has never won a league or district championship, and the Eagles appear to be in a strong position to change that. At press time, they were 13-2-2 overall and in first place in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division with a 10-0-2 record.

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Published April 27, 2012

The girls soccer program at Hazel Park High School has never been considered a traditional powerhouse.

The Vikings play in the Oakland Activities Association White Division, where it can be a difficult task to rise to the top. In fact, Hazel Park has never had the opportunity to celebrate an OAA White title.

The Vikings play in the same division as such teams as Birmingham Groves and Birmingham Seaholm. At those schools, many of the girls have played soccer from a young age all the way through to the varsity high school level.

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Published April 25, 2012

There are probably plenty of girls soccer teams that think they have a shot at a state title.

But the girls who suit up for Troy don’t just think they can win it all, they know they can.

Last year, Troy made it all the way to the state final before dropping a 1-0 game to Novi to end its season.

Having fallen just short of winning their first state title since 2003 seems to have provided the Colts with plenty of incentive to write a different ending to the story of the 2012 season.

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Published April 2, 2012

As Natalie Werner goes, so goes the Warren Woods Tower girls soccer team. And so far, the going’s been good.

Werner, a senior attacking player, is on pace to break the school’s career scoring record this season. She entered this year with 50 goals in her first three seasons; she needs 18 to tie the 2008 record of 68 set by Katie Geyman.

Through the Titans’ first four games, Werner has already recorded six goals and seven assists. The team was 3-1 overall at press time.

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Published March 29, 2012

As the girls high school spring soccer season gets fully under way, the Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse Lancers are setting their sights on success.

The team is coming off one of its better seasons in years and hopes to build on that.

But first and foremost, after graduating nine seniors and losing half of the starting lineup, coach Jessica Francek wants to see the Lancers come together as a team and “learn to play as one team instead of several individuals.”

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Published March 28, 2012

Back when he was playing soccer for Troy Athens in the 1980s, Todd Heugh probably never imagined that one day he would be patrolling the sidelines as the Red Hawks’ coach.

Not only would that have meant he was coaching the team he suited up for, but the thought of replacing Tim Storch might have seemed unthinkable.

Storch coached Athens for 30 years and helped establish a tradition of success that includes nine state titles in his role as boys and girls coach at the school.

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Published November 7, 2011

It’s always emotional when a sports team loses in the playoffs, and St. Clair Shores Lake Shore soccer coach Dave Lount is hoping that emotion will stir his Shorians to continue to succeed.

Lake Shore lost 2-0 to Bloomfield Hills Andover in a Division 2 regional final Oct. 28 at Andover, ending its season at 16-3-4 overall.

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Published November 2, 2011

STERLING HEIGHTS — Something had to give.

Two teams walked onto the turf at Runkel Field undefeated, perfect up to this point — the regional semifinal.

Yet someone was going to go home with their first and only loss of the season Oct. 26, while the other would live to play another day.

In the end, it was Warren De La Salle emerging unblemished, improving to 22-0-4 overall on the season following its 2-1 victory over Utica Eisenhower (20-1-2).

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Published October 26, 2011

The boys soccer state playoffs kicked off last week with the district round.

Locally, Fraser High and Chippewa Valley lost and ended their seasons.

Fraser, a Division 1 district host, fell 3-0 to Warren Cousino in a semifinal. The Ramblers earlier beat Sterling Heights High 5-1 in an opening-round contest. Fraser finishes the year 10-6-3 overall and 6-3-3 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division, good enough for second place in the league.

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Published October 24, 2011

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By Mark Vest
C & G Contributing Writer

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Published October 12, 2011

ROYAL OAK — Solid team chemistry and a balanced effort have been the key ingredients for the Royal Oak Shrine boys soccer team’s undefeated season.

At press time, the Knights were 6-0 after closing their AA Division Catholic League play Oct. 4 with a 1-0 win over the West Bloomfield Jewish Frankel Academy and 9-4-3 overall.

“We’ve got better team chemistry,” said coach Mark Soma about the winning formula. “We have a good returning mixture from last year, and we’re getting contributions from everybody.”

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Published September 21, 2011

TROY — Call it unfinished business.

Last season, the Troy High boys soccer team repeated as league champions of the Oakland Activities Association Red Division, won a district and competed for a regional title before being stymied by a dominant Grand Blanc squad.

This year, Troy is determined to have another shot at a regional championship and will settle for nothing short of a state title.

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Published September 21, 2011

It was one of the first games of the season, and by Anna Lukezich’s own admission, her team hardly knew itself just yet.

Lukezich will know just how far the Royal Oak High boys soccer team has come since an Aug. 30 loss to Farmington High when her Ravens play host to the Falcons at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 27.

“I think we’ve come a long way since then,” Lukezich said of the 3-0 loss. “We lost our first four games of the season, but have been playing much better since then. They’ve really started figuring things out.”

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Published September 7, 2011

MOUNT CLEMENS — After a couple of years playing defensive soccer at East Detroit, the Shamrocks are ready to go on the offensive.

“This year, we’re a very forward team,” coach Al Palazzolo said. “So far, it’s paid off.”
The payoff was proof in the final score of the Shamrocks’ Aug. 29 game at Mount Clemens, as East Detroit toppled the Battling Bathers 6-0.

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Published September 7, 2011

As the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s soccer team enters its fifth season as a program, coach Joe Ruffolo is optimistic about where the team is headed.

“We’re going to be competitive,” Ruffolo said. “I’m pretty optimistic about this season. This is the first time in the four years that I’ve been the head coach that I’ve got a group of players that understand the game of soccer, that have played club soccer and that are beginning to jell as a team.”

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