Soccer

Published June 22, 2011

EAST LANSING — With the top two teams facing off for a state championship, plenty was on the line.

Troy High was making its first appearance in the state finals since 2003, when it won its second state title in program history. Novi High entered as the defending state champion and No. 1-ranked team in the state.

In the June 18 Division 1 state championship at Michigan State University’s DeMartin Stadium, Novi won its second straight state title and fifth in seven seasons by topping Troy 1-0 to finish the year unbeaten at 22-0-2.

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Published June 22, 2011

TROY — Olivia Brannon is the first to admit she’s not comfortable being the center of attention.

“I’m a shy person; it’s really overwhelming doing things like this,” Brannon said at ceremony to honor her for becoming Gatorade Michigan Girls Soccer Player of the Year 2011.

But Brannon needs to get used to being in the spotlight. The Gatorade award is one of many she’s likely to acquire — she’s already a Parade All-American, and she recently garnered the Michigan Miss Soccer Award.

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Published June 15, 2011

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The sun was scorching, but that didn’t stop the largest crowd that Skipper Mukhtar has seen all season from coming out to witness Madison Heights Lamphere’s girls soccer team continue rewriting the program’s history book.

The Rams (15-5-1), playing past the district round for the first time in program history, beat St. Clair Shores Lakeview 4-0 June 7 in a Division 2 regional semifinal at Bloomfield Hills Andover.

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Published June 15, 2011

TROY — Fraser High girls soccer coach Thaier Mukhtar knew his young squad had to “come in and play a mistake-free game” should the Ramblers have a chance of upsetting the undefeated defending Division 1 champions from Novi High in a June 7 regional semifinal game.

While the Wildcats walked away with a 5-0 victory at Troy High and a chance to defend their crown, the Ramblers didn’t go home empty-handed.

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Published June 14, 2011

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Five girls soccer teams with local ties will be in action the evening of June 15 with a chance to play in the June 18 state finals on the line.

In Division 1, Grosse Pointe South will play defending state champion Novi High at 7 p.m. at Farmington Hills Harrison, while Troy High will head to Holt to face Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central at 6 p.m.

The winners will meet in the noon final at Michigan State University.

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Published June 9, 2011

BEVERLY HILLS — One goal was all it took for Beverly Hills Hills Detroit Country Day’s girls soccer team to claim a Division 3 district title over Clawson High June 4.

Assistant girls soccer coach Paul Bartoshuk said sophomore Haley Verbeek has been practicing the shot that punched the Yellowjackets’ ticket to the regional round, where they faced Riverview Gabriel Richard June 7, after press time.

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Published June 7, 2011

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse’s girls soccer team came up just shy in its bid for a division title and in advancing past the first round of the playoffs.

But the Lancers have nothing to hang their heads about as their season came to an end.
L’Anse Creuse lost 1-0 to Clinton Township Chippewa Valley in a May 31 district game and finished in second place of the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division, one game behind Warren Cousino.

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Published June 2, 2011

St. Clair Shores South Lake’s girls soccer team made quite an impact this season in its new league. The Cavaliers, who played in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division for more than a decade, moved in the MAC Silver this year and went a perfect 12-0-0.

“This was our goal going into the season,” South Lake coach Marty Shearer said.

South Lake (12-2-1 overall at press time), which won its last league title in 2002 in the MAC Gold, dominated division play, outscoring opponents 74-3 in league play.

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Published June 1, 2011

After a couple of close calls, Clawson High’s girls soccer team can now raise its first Macomb Area Conference division champion banner.

“It’s great. They set out in March with that goal in mind,” Clawson coach Jared Kullman said of his team’s accomplishment.

The team finished in first of a top-heavy MAC Gold Division with a 9-2-1 record. Close behind was St. Clair High (8-2-2), Marysville High (7-3-2) and Warren Mott (6-4-2).

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Published June 1, 2011

Since dropping its season opener to Troy High, the Troy Athens girls soccer team has put the pedal to the metal and never looked back.

The Red Hawks rode a 15-game winning streak to an Oakland Activities Association Red Division title, posting a 9-1 league to capture their third division crown in the past four years.

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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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