Berkley High grad leading girls soccer program

By: Christian Davis | Woodward Talk | Published April 5, 2016

 Berkley senior Emily Wolford has helped lead the squad to a 2-0-1 start as of press time.

Berkley senior Emily Wolford has helped lead the squad to a 2-0-1 start as of press time.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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BERKLEY — Lindsey Lubanski is back home.

The 2010 Berkley High graduate has taken over the girls soccer program this spring, a program that she was a four-year varsity member of in her playing days.

“It’s a huge honor to me,” she said March 31. “I’m proud to represent the school that I represented when I actually played here. I’m excited to be a part of it and excited to continue with the movement and progression that we’ve had.”

As a student-athlete, Lubanski was a captain her senior year and helped lead the Bears to their first district title that same season. She also earned All-District honors as a sophomore and senior.

Lubanski then continued her playing career at Albion College.

Last season, she was an assistant at Berkley, and she said the transition to head coach has gone well.

“I feel the girls are really receptive to my coaching style and (relate to me) because I’m fresh out of college and played college soccer,” she said.

The Bears are 2-0-1 overall and in the Oakland Activities Association White Division, with wins against Lake Orion High and Auburn Hills Avondale and a tie with Rochester High. Clarkston High, Farmington High and Oxford High make up the rest of the division.

Part of Berkley’s early success stems from the midfield, where senior Emily Wolford and sophomore Meghan West roam.

“We have talent in the middle to capitalize and control the speed of the game,” Lubanski said.

Defensively, Celia Somers leads the way. She was an All-Association selection last season.

Freshman Monica Hodges is in goal and hasn’t let up a score all season.

“She’s very confident and strong in her abilities,” Lubanski said. “As a freshman stepping up and being the starting goalie, that’s great to see.”

In total, the Bears return seven starters from the squad that finished 4-7-1 in the White last season, good for fourth place.

Lubanski feels that if the team continues the trajectory it’s on, it could contend for an OAA White championship.

“If they continue to show up for games and practices the way they have been, they’ll have the potential to be extremely successful,” she said.

Catch the Bears on the road against Farmington High at 7 p.m. April 12.

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