Adams soccer learning on the run

By: Christian Davis | Rochester Post | Published April 26, 2016

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Rochester Adams girls soccer coach Aaron Donaghy believes the goals and wins are on the horizon.

At press time, the Highlanders were 0-2-3 overall and 0-1-1 in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

“Honestly, as rough as the record is, I’m pretty pleased with the team,” Donaghy said. “We’re not scoring, but we’re not giving up a lot of goals either.”

Adams has just two seniors on the roster, the lowest number in Donaghy’s eight years coaching the program. In all, the Highlanders return six starters from the squad that finished third in the Red last season.

The coach said his team is getting opportunities. In the last three games, Adams outshot its opponents 32-6, but it hasn’t found consistency in getting the ball past the goaltender.

“Sometimes when you’re young, you take that extra touch, because you want to take the perfect shot,” Donaghy said. “We’re moving the ball well. It’s about establishing a rhythm. Once it starts to rain, it’ll pour. They just need to figure it out together.”

Part of the coach’s confidence comes from senior Olivia Argeros. The goalie is committed to Michigan State University and gives the Highlanders a chance in any game they play.

“She’s the complete package. … She’s trained herself her whole life and pushed herself to be as good as she can be,” Donaghy said. “She’s a goalie that loves being a goalie. She’s a rock.”

On the scoring end, senior Megan Emke has led the way with two goals.

“She’s just all heart. She’s a four-year varsity player,” Donaghy said. “She wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s just a warrior.”

Donaghy said the focus is being ready by the time district action begins at the end of May.

“We’re young, and we’re getting better every week, every game. It’s just getting that patience and playing more together,” Donaghy said, also noting that the Highlanders have been in every game they’ve played. “We’ve played with Bloomfield Hills (High), who hasn’t lost in the league, with Troy Athens, who was in the (state semifinals) last year. I feel strongly about this team.

“As long as we continue to grow, we’ll be real dangerous come around May.”

Catch the Highlanders against Utica Eisenhower at 7 p.m. April 29 on the road.

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