Lamphere junior Madison Webster attempts to gain control of the ball during a recent game against Warren Mott. After losing multiple players from last year’s team, Joa said Lamphere is reloading.

Lamphere junior Madison Webster attempts to gain control of the ball during a recent game against Warren Mott. After losing multiple players from last year’s team, Joa said Lamphere is reloading.

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Lamphere girls soccer young and battling

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published May 10, 2019

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MADISON HEIGHTS — After winning a Macomb Area Conference Gold Division championship and a Division 2 district title last season, Madison Heights Lamphere girls soccer coach Mike Joa said his team is “reloading” this year.

In the previous two seasons, Lamphere was 24-6-8 overall and 17-1-6 in MAC Gold play.

However, this year has been a different story for the Rams. At press time, they were 2-7-3 overall and 0-5-2 in the MAC Blue.

Lamphere lost more than 10 seniors from last year’s team.

“We’re a young team, so like all young teams, we struggle at times,” Joa said. “A little rough; getting better every week.”

With a division title not in the picture this season, the Rams have a district title on their minds.

“For the few returning players we have, that’s in their memory,” Joa said. “That’s their goal, too. … The older girls are really counting on doing well in the districts.”

Senior Lauren Mexico was part of that title-winning team. She talked about a way she can go about helping the younger players.

“Just give them confidence to achieve their potential greatness,” Mexico said.

Despite the struggles this year and playing in a higher division, Joa said his team has never given up.

“We seem to always be playing hard,” he said. “So, let’s go play hard; don’t give up; keep going.”

Joa believes that never-say-die attitude will pay dividends when the postseason rolls around.

The Rams open against Warren Woods Tower at 5:30 p.m. May 23 at home in their Division 2 district.

“Looking forward to the districts,” Joa said. “I think we have a really good chance.”

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