Local squads fall in postseason

By: Christian Davis | Woodward Talk | Published June 6, 2016

 Berkley High girls soccer coach Lindsey Lubanski finished her first year leading the program. The Bears finished 9-5-4 overall under the 2010 Berkley graduate.

Berkley High girls soccer coach Lindsey Lubanski finished her first year leading the program. The Bears finished 9-5-4 overall under the 2010 Berkley graduate.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

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For Berkley High girls soccer coach Lindsey Lubanski, the season was a success.

It came to a close in a Division 1 district final, falling to Troy Athens 2-0 June 2 at Royal Oak High.

“To be honest, coming into the season I didn’t have very high expectations because we had lost so much to graduation,” the first-year coach said. “We worked really hard this season and you could see the growth, even through the seniors. Whether it was work ethic or leadership, everyone came to practice giving 100 percent to get us into position where we could play for a district title.”

Berkley and Athens played a scoreless first half, but the Red Hawks struck first around 12 minutes into the second frame.

“I think we held our own in the first half, and keeping it 0-0 against their strong attacking players,” Lubanski said. “When we got that first goal scored on us, I think we got a little flustered. … Athens has a very disciplined formation and really played excellent. I really believe we held our own against a top program.”

To get to the final, Berkley beat Troy High 2-1 in the semifinal and Warren Mott 9-2 in its opener.

The Bears ended the season at 9-5-4 overall and waere 5-4-3 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division, tying them for third place.

“I couldn’t be more proud to be leading this program and working with the players we have,” said Lubanski, who is a Berkley graduate.

The coach added that she expects the team to be strong again next year, but that her senior class will be missed.

“They really were the heart of the team,” Lubanski said. “Their leadership was something unreal for their age, and their mentorship is something they are going to leave behind, setting the standard for the seasons to come.”

In D-3, Ferndale High fell to Macomb Lutheran North 8-0 in a district semifinal June 2 at Clawson High. The Eagles beat Harper Woods High 8-0 May 31 in their opener.

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Berkley lost its D-1 opener to the eventual district champion, Troy Athens, 1-0 May 31.

On the same day, Ferndale fell to Hazel Park High 13-7 in its D-2 opener.

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Berkley fell to Athens 6-0 in its D-1 district quarterfinal May 31. Meanwhile, Ferndale advanced to a D-2 district final before losing to Center Line High 13-1 June 4.

The Eagles beat Warren Fitzgerald 7-2 in their semifinal and Hazel Park High 13-9 in the opener.

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