Clawson High’s Ady McCullough competes in a district semifinal against Detroit Jalen Rose May 29. Along with earning league MVP honors in the Macomb Area Conference  Gold Division, McCullough  also was named an All-State honorable  mention. She’ll be  a senior next season.

Clawson High’s Ady McCullough competes in a district semifinal against Detroit Jalen Rose May 29. Along with earning league MVP honors in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division, McCullough also was named an All-State honorable mention. She’ll be a senior next season.

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Clawson High soccer players end season with high honors

By: Jacob Herbert | Royal Oak Review | Published June 28, 2019

 Clawson High’s Macy Williams finished her senior season with 13 shoutouts in 21 games played. It was performances like those that landed her a spot in the All-State first team as her career at Clawson came to a close.

Clawson High’s Macy Williams finished her senior season with 13 shoutouts in 21 games played. It was performances like those that landed her a spot in the All-State first team as her career at Clawson came to a close.

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CLAWSON — For Clawson High’s Macy Williams, capping off her high school career with a spot on the Division 3 first team All-State list was the culmination of four years of hard work and dedication. 

As a freshman, Williams made All-State honorable mention and learned how big of a deal it was to make the first-team list. So when she got a call from coach Dan Wickham with the news that she made it there this year, she was overcome with emotion.

“My coach called me and he just wanted to be the first to congratulate me,” Williams said. “I just started crying; it was crazy. I ran to my mom and told her. It was great.”

Wickham, who was named Coach of the Year in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division, said Williams deserved every bit of the award.

“She’s an absolute competitor,” Wickham said. “She’s always going to come up big and nothing stands in her way. She understands what she has to do on and off the field, and she’s a leader. Just having her around really helped me in my first season. It was good that her and I had a connection.”

The senior season was one for Williams and the Trojans to remember. For Williams, 13 shutouts in 21 games played helped propel her to All-State status. 

For the Trojans as a whole, the team was able to accomplish an undefeated season in the MAC Gold with a 12-0 record. Overall, Clawson finished 19-2, only losing to Royal Oak High during the regular season and to Warren Regina in a district final. 

Williams — who will go on to play college soccer at Limestone College in South Carolina — said she feels more prepared than ever to take that next step because of Wickham. The Clawson girls soccer program has seen three different coaches come and go in the past three years. Wickham, in his first year, was able to break through and place a lasting impression on Williams.

“I feel like Dan prepared me the most,” she said. “He was definitely more strict on us, so this year was one of my hardest years, but I definitely think I needed it. With all the extra conditioning and extra fitness tests, I think that really prepare me for what it’s going to be like next year.”

The postseason accolades with regard to Clawson girls soccer didn’t end with Williams and Wickham. Freshman Abbey Lodato and junior Ady McCullough were named D-3 honorable mentions. 

McCullough was also named MAC Gold MVP with 36 goals 10 assists. The case for McCullough to be MVP at the end-of-season meeting was a relatively easy one for Wickham. Other teams specifically game planned for the junior. Should they figure her out, Lodato was right there causing a whole new set of problems for opposing teams. 

“I’m really glad she got that recognition,” Wickham said of McCullough. “Not that she needed it, but it’s just good for any player that works so hard and wants to so bad to get it.”

Lodato was another huge part of Clawson’s 19-win season. The freshman netted 28 goals and paired that with 16 assists. Aside from soccer, Lodato runs cross country and plays basketball at Clawson. 

Wickham called her an electrifying player, and while he said there is room for her to grow as a player, he’s excited to be able to coach her for the next three years.

“She is an outstanding player,” Wickham said. “I’ve got her as a midfielder, but she’s free to roam all over the field because she always knows how to get back in the right spot. Her drive and her edge carry her well on the field. She’s an outstanding talent.”

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On top of an already meaningful season that saw the Royal Oak Shrine girls soccer team win its first D-4 state title, the Knights also had a trio of players earn an All-State spot. Senior Chloe Woodbeck, who will suit up at Purdue University next year, was named to the Dream Team, which is a combination of the best players from all four divisions. 

Alongside Woodbeck, juniors Allison LaPoint and Regan Robinson also earned spots on the All-State first-team list. 

Call Sports Writer Jacob Herbert at (586) 498-1062. Follow Sports on Twitter @CandGSports.

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