Farmington High’s Lauren McKimmons goes to kick the ball against Oxford High April 17. The Falcons lost 3-1.

Farmington High’s Lauren McKimmons goes to kick the ball against Oxford High April 17. The Falcons lost 3-1.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Farmington High soccer continuing to battle

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published April 22, 2019

 Farmington High’s Isabella Mastantuono plays the ball against Oxford High April 17. At press time, the Falcons were 2-3-1 overall.

Farmington High’s Isabella Mastantuono plays the ball against Oxford High April 17. At press time, the Falcons were 2-3-1 overall.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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FARMINGTON — It may not be the start the Farmington High girls soccer team had envisioned, but the Falcons are confident in their ability to get back on track.

At press time, the Falcons were 2-3-1 overall and 1-2 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division. The three losses and the tie came on the road, while the two wins were on home turf. The Falcons’ next three games will be at home.

“I definitely think the core of the team, they do work hard, they do care, they’re resilient, they stick together,” coach Shaun Gray said. “They’re a smiley, happy bunch. They’re a good group to coach in general, and I have no doubt that they’ll turn it around.”

One of the biggest concerns for the Falcons is scoring. Through the first six games, Farmington has scored four goals.

To fix that, Gray wants his players to continue working hard, be patient and stick together out on the field. He added that he has a talented group of players and the goals will come.

A few standouts for the Falcons have been senior captains Alex Thomas, McKenna Greaves and Nina Smith, along with freshman Amanda Exline, sophomore Madison Thomas, and juniors Kara Linn and Kristina Agee.

Gray said his seniors are the leaders on the field and the players he expects the most out of this year. For those upperclassmen, helping the younger players get adjusted and comfortable has been a big emphasis.

“We have some really good freshmen this year. It’s just showing them the expectations that we want, especially when we’re gone,” Greaves said. “We want this team to still be competitive. We want this team to still go further, win districts, win (the city championship) and things like that. We just really are trying to set a tone for them.”

As the season progresses, the main goal for the Falcons is to get ready for district play. Gray and the captains are hoping to see the team get better offensive chances and gain more confidence heading into the playoffs.

Birmingham Groves, Birmingham Seaholm, Farmington Hills Mercy, Livonia Stevenson, North Farmington and Southfield A&T will compete with Farmington for a Division 1 district title in late May at North Farmington.

“I’d like to see us try to get more goals or just more chances toward goals,” Thomas said. “I think we definitely have a lot of potential and a lot of talent, and I don’t think we’re going to have a problem with it if we just learn to connect a little bit better. I think it’s going to turn around pretty soon.”

Farmington will take the field again at 7 p.m. April 25 at home against West Bloomfield High.

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