Lake Shore boys soccer coach has high expectations

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published August 31, 2018

 St. Clair Shores Lake Shore coach Dave Lount, right, watches from the sidelines during a 6-0 victory over Madison Heights Lamphere on Aug. 22. The Shorians’ next game is against Port Huron Northern at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 at home.

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore coach Dave Lount, right, watches from the sidelines during a 6-0 victory over Madison Heights Lamphere on Aug. 22. The Shorians’ next game is against Port Huron Northern at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 at home.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

 Senior midfielder Ben Sullivan dribbles the ball during the season-opening win. Sullivan is a team captain this season.

Senior midfielder Ben Sullivan dribbles the ball during the season-opening win. Sullivan is a team captain this season.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — At the end of last season, following a district quarterfinal playoff loss, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore boys soccer coach Dave Lount said his returning players would come back this year ready to win. 

That enthusiasm is showing early on, Lount said.

“The players are working hard and are excited about the season,” Lount said.

At press time, Lake Shore was 1-2-0 overall and 0-1-0 in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division. 

The Shorians have been solid on offense, scoring 10 goals through three games. Lake Shore’s defense has been up and down, getting a shutout win in an Aug. 22 opener before allowing 11 goals in its next two contests. 

The defense should improve, Lount said, as the unit is led by four veteran players — seniors Steven Mittelstadt, Adam Likins, John Kler and Peter Mackenzie. 

The coach added that ball possession and team conditioning must improve if the Shorians are to reach their goals. 

Last season’s team, which just missed out on a division title, scored 67 goals in the regular season while allowing just 20 scores. The Shorians’ last division title came in 2016.

“We expect to be competitive in our division and get better each game,” said Lount, who led Lake Shore to a regional championship in 2013. 

Leading the way for Lake Shore is junior Matt Rach, who led the team last season with 28 goals. Senior Ben Sullivan serves as team captain.

Despite some early ups and downs, Lount believes his team leaders will carry the Shorians to great heights.

“This group of players will work hard every game and will give us a chance to have a memorable season,” Lount said.

Lake Shore’s next game is against Port Huron Northern at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 at home.

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