Birmingham Groves junior midfielder Lake Everett moves down the field with the ball Sept. 27 against Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day. The Falcons lost the match 3-0.

Birmingham Groves junior midfielder Lake Everett moves down the field with the ball Sept. 27 against Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day. The Falcons lost the match 3-0.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Groves soccer has eyes set on league and district titles

By: Zachary Manning | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published October 1, 2018

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BIRMINGHAM — For Birmingham Groves boys soccer, the goal is to win the league and make a run toward a district title.

Coach Jonathan Turner likes the way his team plays together. It is connecting on passes, out-possessing opponents and taking advantage of opportunities.

At press time, the Falcons were 9-5-2 overall and 6-1 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.

“The key right now is it’s high school soccer, so it’s a long season in a short amount of time. You’re playing a lot of games, so for them it’s recovering, being able to maintain the level of play that we need them to do day in and day out,” Turner said.

The Falcons have battled some adversity this year, fighting through injuries and losing six starters from last year’s team. However, Turner is happy with the team’s leadership and how his players have responded.

He noted that his team last year relied on the talent it had, but this year, the team has relied on everyone to contribute.

“Unfortunately, we’ve had two captains who have been hurt for most of the season or been sick. We’ve had to have other players step up in key roles, and we’ve been able to do that,” Turner said.

Some of the leaders who have stepped up for the Falcons are senior center back Marshall Lockyer, sophomore midfielder Luke Restrepo and senior striker Nick Restrepo.

After losing the league last season, the captains have made sure the team is staying focused on the goals in front of it. They help the younger players stay motivated and give them encouragement when they need it.

“I really take it on as my responsibility to get them in order, so when I see them slacking off, not working hard, I give them that extra fire, that extra boost,” Nick Restrepo said.

For the seniors, going out and winning league and district titles would mean the world. They’ve battled so hard throughout the years to make the program successful, and taking home a couple of championships would be the cherry on top.

Lockyer noted that he’s wanted league and district titles for quite some time. He’s been on other winning teams before, but winning with his high school team is important.  

“In club level, I’ve won state championships, and this is like the one thing that I’ve never got my hands on, so as a senior, it would be unbelievable,” Lockyer said.

Groves’ next game is at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at home against Hazel Park High.

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