Ike’s DeBeau tapped for all-state squad

By: Jacob Herbert | Shelby - Utica News | Published June 28, 2019

 Utica Eisenhower’s Lauren DeBeau is pictured in a game earlier this season against Utica High. DeBeau, who was a two-year captain at Ike, earned All-State honors this season for the second straight year.

Utica Eisenhower’s Lauren DeBeau is pictured in a game earlier this season against Utica High. DeBeau, who was a two-year captain at Ike, earned All-State honors this season for the second straight year.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — For the second straight year, Utica Eisenhower’s Lauren DeBeau’s efforts during the season landed her on the All-State list for girls soccer.

The recent graduate was a four-year varsity player for the Eagles.    

“I don’t really pay attention to that stuff too much, but it’s always nice to be honored like that,” she said. “It was a great honor and a great way to end out my senior year at Ike.”

After an injury kept her out early on in the season, DeBeau picked things up rather quickly upon her return.  

DeBeau said her speed and solid first touch on the ball were prominent factors in her success this season. She also made it known that her achievements wouldn’t have been possible without the team around her.

“This team was a really good and hard working team,” DeBeau said. “I thought our defense was really solid as well, which helps when you’re a forward and they can get you the ball across half.”

Looking back on her high school career, DeBeau made mention of two influential players she had the opportunity to be around early on. Shannon Casey, who currently plays at Villanova University, and Bella Jodzis, who suits up for Michigan State University, are two players that taught DeBeau a lot with regard to making positive strides as a player.

“They give you an edge over everyone so you want to work hard and be like them,” DeBeau said.

“They were great role models, great captains and I took a little bit from each of them in how I would lead a team. I learned a lot from playing with them and it made me a better player.”

DeBeau, who will move on to play college soccer next season at Central Michigan University, said some of her greatest memories involve playing in win-or-go-home district games. In the last four seasons, Ike has captured three league titles in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division and a district title in 2017.

The Eagles ended this season with a district final loss to Rochester Adams in penalty kicks. Despite the unwanted ending, DeBeau walked away from Ike feeling fortunate to have had the opportunity to play the game she loved with a lot of the girls she grew up with.

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