Soccer

Published May 10, 2011

While the Madison Heights Madison Eagles girls soccer team was anxious to build off its first two wins of the season at press time, coach Sandra Rohlman was quick to point out the program’s priorities.

“It’s not about the win or loss, but just getting out there, being on a team,” the coach said. “I try to teach them to give the best they can do.”

That being said, Rohlman said the team was “ecstatic’ about the recent back-to-back, come-from-behind wins against New Haven High and Mount Clemens High.

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Published May 10, 2011

When the Catholic League girls soccer playoffs kick off May 17-18, all eyes will be on Bloomfield Hills Marian.

Eight years ago, Marian (6-0 Division 1 and 7-1 overall) ended Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s winning streak (1994-2002), which included nine Catholic League championship titles, in a 1-0 decision in the Catholic League tournament.

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Published May 4, 2011

The injuries read like a grocery list: two ACL tears, a concussion, a stress fracture, a bruised fibula and repeated hamstring pulls.

But while Grosse Pointe North’s girls soccer team may be hampered by those injuries, it’s not using them as excuses.

“Things have been tough so far,” Norsemen coach Chris Alston said. “We have a small team to begin with, and this really limits what we can do strategically.

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Published May 3, 2011

Nino Trevillino has no problem admitting that Mount Clemens High isn’t a “soccer school.”

But that doesn’t stop the veteran coach from returning to the Battling Bathers’ sideline year after year to do one of the things he loves most — teach the game of soccer.

“As long as the kids want to learn, as long they show up, I love to coach them,” he said. “I want them to have a positive experience, that’s all I can ask.

“I just want them to be competitive and enjoy the game.”

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Published May 3, 2011

The past two seasons of girls soccer have been two of the most successful in the history of the Warren Mott program.

Now the Marauders are hoping to take the next step.

After finishing in second place the last two years in the division, Mott has set its sights on capturing the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division title.

Yet the Marauders (4-1-1 overall, 1-1-1 MAC Gold at press time) have plenty of obstacles in front of them, namely injuries and the competition.

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Published April 27, 2011

Even though Grosse Pointe South’s girls soccer team was the lone squad in the entire Macomb Area Conference to have won all the games it had played through press time, coach Gene Harkins was cautiously optimistic talking about his team.

Sure, the Blue Devils were 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the MAC Red, but they were well aware that plenty of tough tests awaited them as they continued division play.

“It’s a good start,” Harkins said. “It’s always tough. There really aren’t any easy games in the MAC Red.”

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Published April 27, 2011

TROY — Brian Zawislak put it simply: “We’re real young this year, but we look good.”

Looking at Troy High’s starting lineup, which includes two freshmen, four sophomores and three juniors, the words “high expectations” come to mind.

Despite having eight starters back from last year’s regional finalist squad, an infusion of talented newcomers has the Colts soccer team starting just two seniors but still dominating the pitch with a young core.

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Published April 26, 2011

WARREN — Skipper Mukhtar said he heard people say his team had no business winning a league title last season.

But thanks in large part to younger players stepping up into supporting roles around the team’s stars, it did just that.

The Warren Woods Tower girls soccer coach is hoping for some more of the same as Macomb Area Conference Gold Division play gets fully under way and the Titans prepare for their title defense.

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Published April 25, 2011

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When it comes to defense, it doesn’t get better than the Auburn Hills Avondale girls soccer team.

Last year, the Yellow Jackets battled and held eventual state champion Bloomfield Hills Marian scoreless through regulation and two overtimes in the Division 2 district final.

Avondale then took Marian to eight rounds in a penalty kick shootout before falling 1-0 and ending its season.

Through 110 minutes of soccer, Marian had just nine shots against the Yellow Jackets’ impenetrable backline.

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Published April 19, 2011

Thaier Mukhtar knows its tough to consider his Fraser High girls soccer team underdogs after the Ramblers have won six division titles in the past seven years.

But the four-time defending Macomb Area Conference White Division champs are going to have to grit some games out this season as the young team learns on the fly, according to the coach.

“We lost a lot of players,” Mukhtar said. “We’re very, very young.

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Published April 19, 2011

EASTPOINTE — Despite a roster laden with inexperience and even some first-time players, East Detroit girls soccer coach Joe Monteleone isn’t too worried about his team, because its attitude and willingness to learn are top rate.

“They’re absolutely fantastic,” the coach said. “There’s a lot of first-year and first-time players, but they’re athletes. They’re learning, and they make a mistake and they correct themselves, and they move on. I think they’re doing quite well.”

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Published April 19, 2011

BLOOMFIELD HILLS —When looking at the Bloomfield Hills Marian soccer roster, there is a trend that is hard to miss, as 13 seniors highlight the 22-person roster.

“I’ve never had a class this big of seniors with girls,” coach Barry Brodsky said.

The last time Brodsky had a sizeable senior class at Marian was several years ago. It was a team, he said, that fell short of its potential.

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Published April 12, 2011

While it’s always nice to win a game 7-0, like Madison Heights Lamphere’s girls soccer team did in its season opener, the Rams may ultimately benefit more from their result in the following game — a 5-2 loss.

“It was a good learning experience for our girls,” Lamphere coach Skip Mukhtar Jr. said. “We got better off it, for sure.”

The loss came March 29 on the road at Grosse Pointe South.

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Published April 12, 2011

Two down, a season to go.

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley’s girls soccer team opened the season on the right foot, beating Macomb Dakota and Romeo High 2-0 and 1-0, respectively.

But the Big Reds know they have plenty of work ahead of them, especially with league play in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division around the corner.

“So far, we’re OK,” Chippewa coach Gerry Haggarty said. “We want to be competitive in the MAC Red, that’ll be tough.”

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Published April 11, 2011

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Published April 6, 2011

It’s always tough to replace a four-year starter in any sport, much less four of them.

But Roseville High girls soccer coach Ron Baller isn’t overly worried about his Panthers program, as he knows what, or more specifically who, is waiting in the wings.

The Panthers have plenty of young talent anxious to carry on the legacy left by the graduated seniors. And that’s got Baller excited about the future at Roseville.

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Published April 6, 2011

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — One of Jessica Francek’s first big decisions as the new head coach of the Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse girls soccer team was harder than it is for many coaches.

But it’s a problem many coaches would gladly have.

“I actually had a hard time choosing captains because I have so many girls that are good role models and good leaders and good players,” Francek said.

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Published April 6, 2011

MADISON HEIGHTS — The last time fans saw the Madison Heights Bishop Foley girls soccer squad it was a shadow of the team that began the 2010 season.

The Ventures limped into last year’s state tournament with injuries to key players, including junior Ali Mancini, senior Cara Stempky and senior Ashley Adomatis.

Still, the Ventures found the tenacity to make a run to the state semifinal — their third straight final four — before falling 2-0 to eventual Division 4 state champion Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes.

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Published March 22, 2011

BERKLEY — Coming off one of the best campaigns for Berkely High girls soccer, which saw the squad finish the 2010 season 11-6-5 and win the school’s first girls soccer district championship, coach Cliff Brandmier is concerned about this year’s squad finding its own personality, especially after graduating 10 seniors.

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