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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