Bishop Foley’s boys soccer season ends with playoff loss

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published October 11, 2019

 Bishop Foley senior Quinlan Grobbel takes part in the action against Shrine.

Bishop Foley senior Quinlan Grobbel takes part in the action against Shrine.

Photo by Sean Work

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MADISON HEIGHTS — Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s boys soccer season concluded with a 4-1 loss against Royal Oak Shrine in an opening-round Division 4 district playoff game Oct. 9 at home.

The Ventures ended their season at 7-8-2 overall.

With the win, Shrine advanced to a district semifinal at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Foley against Sterling Heights Parkway Christian.

Sophomore Aidan Fitzpatrick scored Foley’s lone goal in the second half.

“I thought we had a really good season,” Foley coach Nino Maniaci said following the game. “Being such a young squad and only having four seniors, I thought they played really well. We got better throughout the season. … Ended with a great effort.”

One of the things Maniaci came away from the season pleased with was the “growth” of Foley’s backline.

“Three out of four had never played in the back before,” he said. “They took that role on and ran with it. And then these freshmen — (a) couple got more minutes than others, but these guys have put the work in since day one. Those guys are really coming together.”

When discussing the state of Foley’s program, Maniaci said, “I think we’re in good shape.”

Of the 20 players on the roster this season, 16 are expected to return next year.

“We got (a) good, young sophomore class,” Maniaci said. “We still got four juniors coming back. Only graduating four, I think the future is bright for this team, this program.”

Maniaci said seniors Nicholas Lucido, Quinlan Grobbel, Brett Greco and Kevin Kendro “all played parts in our success this season. They were willing to help these younger guys. … They did a good job.”

Despite how good things could be for Foley going forward, this season ended too soon for Maniaci’s liking.

“The season’s been great,” he said. “The guys have been great. I’m kind (of) sad it’s ending right now. Seems kind (of) early, still.”

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