West Bloomfield High senior midfielder Miguel Jimenez kicks the ball in a game against Clawson High earlier this year. The Lakers were co-champions in the OAA Blue with Farmington Hills Harrison.

West Bloomfield High senior midfielder Miguel Jimenez kicks the ball in a game against Clawson High earlier this year. The Lakers were co-champions in the OAA Blue with Farmington Hills Harrison.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Future is bright for West Bloomfield High soccer

By: Zachary Manning | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published October 12, 2018

 West Bloomfield High senior goalkeeper Jonathon DuFresne dives for the ball in a game earlier this season. At press time, the Lakers were undefeated in league play and 7-4-5 overall.

West Bloomfield High senior goalkeeper Jonathon DuFresne dives for the ball in a game earlier this season. At press time, the Lakers were undefeated in league play and 7-4-5 overall.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

WEST BLOOMFIELD — One of the main goals for the West Bloomfield High boys soccer team entering the season was to win an Oakland Activities Association Blue Division championship.

The Lakers were able to achieve that goal by going 5-0-1 in league play. West Bloomfield shared the title with Farmington Hills Harrison and was 7-4-5 overall at press time. West Bloomfield played Novi High in a Division 1 district opener after press time.

“It’s definitely exciting to know that going into the season we had a goal to win the league, and we were able to accomplish it,” senior goalkeeper Jonathon DuFresne said.

Lakers coach Jason Clark added that the team will use this season as motivation for next season against better competition, as he expects his team to be moved to the OAA White Division.

“It was a big step for us in terms of our league play. It’s kind of a building step for next year, to be honest,” he said. “To get back up to that middle division is kind of the big focus for us, because there’s a lot better competition up there, and that’s kind of where we felt like we should’ve been.”

Clark is happy with how the season has gone thus far, especially after losing a significant amount of talent from last year’s team.

The main focus for the Lakers this season was getting better every day, and Clark has seen that progress since the beginning of the season.

“We graduated a lot of talent last year, so this is kind of an unproven group, but each day, I have to say, they have gotten better. So it hasn’t been an up-and-down season, kind of like we were last year,” Clark said. “It’s been a consistent track up, and I think that’s the most important thing.”

As the soccer season winds down, Clark is excited about the future of the program. He has had multiple young players make tremendous strides throughout all levels of the program.

The team does have 10 seniors who have made a big impact on the program, and they will get to go out as league champions. They have now set a standard for the underclassmen to follow.

“The future is bright. There’s a lot of freshmen on the JV that are playing big minutes, and a lot of underclassmen on my team as well playing some big minutes,” Clark said. “For them to experience a league championship, it just kind of gives them another challenge for next year.

“We kind of don’t want to be a one-hit wonder and just win a league this year. Come up next year and compete in the middle division, and then take that step towards the top.”