Harrison soccer gearing up for one last run

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published October 2, 2018

 Farmington Hills Harrison senior Abbas Hallak plays the ball in a match against Hazel Park High earlier this year. At press time, the Hawks were 5-6 overall and 3-0 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

Farmington Hills Harrison senior Abbas Hallak plays the ball in a match against Hazel Park High earlier this year. At press time, the Hawks were 5-6 overall and 3-0 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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FARMINGTON HILLS — For Farmington Hills Harrison boys soccer, the focus is on this year and only this year. 

The players can’t change the fact that the school is closing, but they can focus on reaching the goals they have set for the season. 

The Hawks want to go out with a bang by being city champions and winning the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division and districts. At press time, Harrison was 5-6 overall and 3-0 in the OAA Blue. 

“It’s crazy. I’ve been practicing for a couple years now and playing a couple years for Harrison, and just knowing that our school is closing is unreal, but I believe this is going to be the best year, because we’re going all out because we have to. There’s no other year to save our energy for,” said senior midfielder Marvin Khudhur.

Despite being undefeated in league play, the Hawks haven’t had much depth. They’ve yet to play a game at full strength this season. They will be pulling up some junior varsity players toward the end of the season, but right now, getting healthy is a big key. 

A few players who have led the team through the injuries have been Khudhur and senior forward/center back Derek Schmidt. As captains, their main focus has been getting players ready to go for each game and making sure they aren’t holding anything back. 

“I’ve just told our guys that this is it. There’s no point in thinking about the last year, next year or any other year, because this is it,” Khudhur said. “This is what we’ve been working hard for ever since we were freshmen to the seniors. This is the last year that the underclassmen are going to ever play for Harrison, so I have good hope that they’re going to be very, very hyped up for our games.”

Hawks coach Tim Russell and the captains noted that it would be special to go out as league and district champions, but the main goal is to play as strong as possible and represent the school well. Last season, Harrison fell in the Division 2 state semifinals.

“You have a year like we did last year, it’s hard to necessarily live up to that,” Russell said. “That’s not how I operate. How I operate is we maximize the potential we have right now. There are no comparisons. If you know you walked off the field, even in the last game, and you left everything out there, you (have to) be good with that.”

The Hawks’ next game will be at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Livonia Churchill.

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