Eastpointe High’s Janiya Smith, left, races after the ball during a game against Roseville High March 27. The Shamrocks and Panthers tied the game 2-2.

Eastpointe High’s Janiya Smith, left, races after the ball during a game against Roseville High March 27. The Shamrocks and Panthers tied the game 2-2.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


Eastpointe High ready to get going

By: Zachary Manning | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published April 15, 2019

 Eastpointe High’s Randi Martin makes a save during a game against Roseville High March 27. At press time, the Shamrocks were 0-1-1 overall.

Eastpointe High’s Randi Martin makes a save during a game against Roseville High March 27. At press time, the Shamrocks were 0-1-1 overall.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe High girls soccer team is taking things day by day.

The Shamrocks’ season got off to a bit of a late start due to winter sports. With winter sports season ending so close to the start of spring season, coach Daniel Kirkland wanted to give his athletes a rest.

Kirkland also coaches girls basketball at Eastpointe, and a good chunk of his players from the basketball team are participating in soccer this year. At press time, the Shamrocks were 0-1-1 overall. Kirkland said he hopes the team will be hitting its stride by the middle of the season.

The girls on the team share their coach’s optimism and are ready to get to work.

“I think we’ll be really good this year because we tied Roseville, our rival. That was a big thing, so I have high expectations,” defenseman Ria Salter said.

The Shamrocks will be competing in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division this year, and even with a late start, they want to compete for a league title.

A few girls who have stepped into leadership roles to guide the Shamrocks are defensemen Gabrielle Long and Tamia Mendenhall, Salter, and goalie Randi Martin.

As leaders, their main focus is to make sure the team is staying focused and together during practices and games.

“We have a lot of fun,” Long said. “There’s a lot of freshmen that came out, and for me and a lot of the players on the team, for us to be juniors, we click with the freshmen so good. We are able to talk about any and everything. We can joke around, laugh. It’s a bunch of fun.”

Over the first two games, Eastpointe has gotten some good feedback from coaches around the area. The Shamrocks lost to Warren Woods Tower and tied Roseville High.

Kirkland said Roseville coach Brad VandeVorde and Tower coach Skipper Mukhtar have been good about giving him advice on how his team can improve over the course of the season.

“In Macomb County, I feel like there is a lot of coaches who look out for each other, and it’s cool that we’re getting our name out there a little bit to these other coaches and other people are starting to talk about us,” Kirkland said.

The Shamrocks will hit the field again at 4:30 p.m. April 17 at home against St. Clair Shores South Lake.

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