Macomb Dakota senior forward Anastasia Savich runs past a defender during a contest earlier this year. Savich registered 21 goals and seven assists for the Cougars this season, earning team MVP and the same honor in the MAC White.

Macomb Dakota senior forward Anastasia Savich runs past a defender during a contest earlier this year. Savich registered 21 goals and seven assists for the Cougars this season, earning team MVP and the same honor in the MAC White.

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Dakota soccer standout earns MAC White’s top spot

By: Timothy Pontzer | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published July 18, 2018

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Anastasia Savich was determined to make her senior year count.

A standout forward for the Macomb Dakota soccer team, Savich suffered an ACL injury as a junior, wiping away a whole season.

Savich responded with a banner campaign, tallying 21 goals and seven assists. For her efforts, Savich was named Second Team All-State and MVP of the Macomb Area Conference White Division.

“It meant a lot for me this season being named MVP of the White,” Savich said. “I didn’t get a season last year due to my ACL, and I worked so hard to get back. I wanted to use the season to fulfill the hopes and expectations that the team wanted from me. It was a great feeling being able to receive the award.”

Savich also earned state All-Academic honors and was chosen as the team’s MVP.

“My biggest strengths on the field are my vision, power on the ball, and the ability to lay off and distribute the ball to my teammates well,” Savich remarked. “Off the field, it would definitely be my personality. I’m a very outgoing person that connects and communicates well with others.”

This spring, Savich helped lead the Cougars to a division title, as the club totaled an undefeated 8-0 mark in the White. Overall, Dakota finished 12-1-4, with the only loss ending the season in the first round of districts.

“I’d love to thank my teammates, coaches and most of all my family for all the support they’ve given me to be where I am today,” Savich said. “I wish Dakota soccer the best, and thank the coaching staff and my teammates, especially, for an unforgettable season. We didn’t want it to end the way it did, but I couldn’t be more proud of the accomplishments we reached as a team this season.”

Savich’s future will take place at Butler University where she is committed to continue her soccer career.

“I chose Butler, because it felt like home,” Savich said. “It wasn’t too far and wasn’t too close to home. I love every coach at Butler. They made me feel welcomed at such a young age. It’s also a very good program academically and athletically.”

Savich believes her time at Dakota helped prepare her for the next phase.

“(Dakota) Coach Gary Schodowski trained us hard in every practice. He’d always have us do trainings that would benefit me in the long run to college,” Savich said. “Dakota soccer was an environment where you were training hard but enjoyed every moment of it.”

To help accomplish those goals, Savich is spending her summer playing with a semi-pro team based in Pontiac, Detroit Sun FC.

“(Savich) came to our team a little late, because she had to finish high school but she’s been a great addition,” Sun FC coach Skipper Mukhtar said. “She’s a 17-year-old playing with kids much older than her, but she’s more than holding her own.”

Through three games with Sun FC, Savich has scored twice.

“What I like most about playing for Sun FC is the girls helped improve my speed of play so much,” Savich explained. “Playing with them shows me what I need to work on more and more to develop as a player. It’s a great atmosphere. The coaching is great and the players are obviously older, but it’s nice to talk with them about preparing for going into college.”

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