Soccer

Published September 4, 2013

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?

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Published July 16, 2013

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The Oakland Activities Association girls season has come and gone, and again it didn’t fail to bring excitement to the pitch.

Here’s a look at how each team finished in its division and the players who were honored by the OAA.

Red Division
The city of Rochester and Rochester Hills had plenty to brag about when it came to soccer this season with its teams finishing in the top three of arguably the toughest division in the state.

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Published June 4, 2013

The Roseville and East Detroit High girls soccer teams both saw their seasons end in 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 district quarterfinals.

The Panthers fell 8-1 to St. Clair Shores Lakeview in a D-1 district quarter played May 28 at Lakeview. Roseville finishes the season at 5-10-3, 1-8-3 in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division.

“I’m proud of what the team accomplished. They definitely set out with a mindset to improve on last season,” said Roseville coach Richard Meyer, who is in his second season with the team.

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Published May 28, 2013

A 10-0 win over Sterling Heights High May 20 put an exclamation point on the St. Clair Shores Lakeview girls soccer team’s undefeated run through the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division.

The Huskies, 14-3 overall at press time, capped off a league season that saw Lakeview rebound after not winning a divisional game in two years.

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Published May 21, 2013

He had been down this road before, navigated through seasons just like this.

It wasn’t too long ago when Jason Clark had a West Bloomfield High girl soccer roster with more freshmen and sophomores on it than anything else.

That team took its lumps.

Two years later, those same girls were division champs.

If Clark gets his way, that cycle is about to play out again.

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Published May 8, 2013

When Skip Mukhtar accepted the position to become the coach of Grosse Pointe North’s boys and girls soccer teams, he didn’t do so with a small vision.

Mukhtar, who is in his first season as the girls coach, has big plans for the program.

He thinks a good tradition has been a part of the history of North’s program, and his aim is to re-establish it.

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Published October 15, 2012

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WARREN — His team won its Division 1 Michigan High School Athletic Association state soccer district quarterfinal 5-0 over Warren Cousino Oct. 15 at Macomb community College, and Warren De La Salle coach Reid Friedrichs said his team must be more consistent over the course of a match if it hopes to have a deep playoff run.

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Published September 24, 2012

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Utica Eisenhower’s boys soccer team stretched its lead in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division standings with a 4-1 win over Chippewa Valley Sept. 24 at Chippewa.

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Published June 19, 2012

Last year, Birmingham Marian’s girls soccer team had its sights set on winning a third straight state title. But instead, the Mustangs were knocked out of the state tournament in the first round.

So this year’s team reset its sights on winning one playoff game at a time, and it culminated in Marian reclaiming the Division 2 state title June 16 at Williamston High with a 3-1 win over Plainwell — last year’s state champ.

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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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