Clinton Township Chippewa Valley senior Alexa Barczak controls the ball during a regional semifinal against Rochester Adams June 4. Chippewa’s season ended with a 1-0 loss against Adams.

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley senior Alexa Barczak controls the ball during a regional semifinal against Rochester Adams June 4. Chippewa’s season ended with a 1-0 loss against Adams.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Chippewa Valley girls soccer ends season at regional tournament

By: Mark Vest | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published June 11, 2019

 Clinton Township Chippewa Valley junior Emma Stavale heads the ball during a regional semifinal against Rochester Adams June 4. With a loss against Adams, Chippewa finished its season at 9-8-4.

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley junior Emma Stavale heads the ball during a regional semifinal against Rochester Adams June 4. With a loss against Adams, Chippewa finished its season at 9-8-4.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Clinton Township Chippewa Valley’s girls soccer team concluded its season with a 1-0 loss against Rochester Adams in a Division 1 regional semifinal June 4 at tournament host Troy High.

Chippewa finished with an overall record of 9-8-4 and 5-5-2 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division.

After not always getting the kind of play he wanted from his team during the course of the season, coach Gerry Haggarty said Chippewa became more consistent toward the end of the year, which he said “paid off just in time.”

Haggarty was referring to Chippewa’s 2-1 win against Macomb Dakota May 31 in a district final.

That win gave the Big Reds the program’s first postseason championship since 2002.

“Like I told the girls, after defeating Dakota in the district final, everything else is sort (of) icing on the cake,” Haggarty said.

By winning a district title, this year’s squad may have had an impact on the program that can extend beyond just this season.

“That taste (of) success can really help going into next year,” Haggarty said.

The seniors on Chippewa’s roster were Annie Miklas, Silva Nasser, Alexa Barczak, Brisa Vidal and Katie Miklas.

“They led by example,” Haggarty said. “They weren’t big talkers, but they played hard. They set a good example for the younger kids for the next couple years.”

Despite losing those seniors, Haggarty expects to have a “good group coming back next year.”

“I’m hoping we can add to what we’re (going to) bring back,” he said. “I think this experience will help (them) in the long run. … And that win at Dakota was huge. And this was good too, playing in front of a bigger crowd, playing a crossover against Oakland County.”

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