Madison girls soccer program recognized for good sportsmanship

By: Mark Vest | Madison - Park News | Published May 17, 2019

 Madison Heights Madison senior Michelle De Los Santos battles for control of the ball against Eastpointe High earlier this year. According to Madison coach Stacey Cauley, the Eagles have won four consecutive Macomb Area Conference Silver Division Sportsmanship awards.

Madison Heights Madison senior Michelle De Los Santos battles for control of the ball against Eastpointe High earlier this year. According to Madison coach Stacey Cauley, the Eagles have won four consecutive Macomb Area Conference Silver Division Sportsmanship awards.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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MADISON HEIGHTS — From 2015 through last season, Madison Heights Madison’s girls soccer program did not win a single game.

During that time span, the Eagles went 0-65 overall.

However, that isn’t the only thing that coach Stacey Cauley has taken away from those years.

According to Cauley, Madison has won the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division Sportsmanship Award the past four years, and it is a feat that has not gone unrecognized by the coach.

“The other teams and the refs speak so highly of how considerate (and) courteous that the girls are on the field,” Cauley said. “The personality is really friendly, positive, upbeat and not afraid (to) try their hardest. … They really are a great group.”

At press time, this year’s Eagles squad was 0-10 overall and 0-8 in MAC Silver play.

Despite the struggles, from Cauley’s perspective, there have also been some positives for the program this year.

“This season, we actually have a lot of younger players on the team, which is wonderful,” she said. “So, it’s been a good building year. … Even though it’s a building year for us, they’re all very committed. … They’ve been building their skills, and I think it’s (going to) pay off.”

The young players that Madison has on the squad this year could be part of helping to make a better future for the program.

“We have about half the team that are ninth graders,” Cauley said. “Some girls have never played the sport before, but they’ve learned so much this season. They have been doing such a wonderful job working together as a team, getting better together and showing commitment that way, which is great.”

This year’s freshman class has also gotten the attention of senior Arviona Larkins.

“I think we have good potential,” Larkins said. “We have a lot (of) freshmen, so it just takes them to (get) encouraged.”

Despite the team’s record, there is a way senior Michelle De Los Santos can help her teammates.

“Motivate them and tell them that they can do it, keep trying,” she said.

Aside from having a healthy number of younger players, having a JV team in place could also go a long way toward making Madison a stronger program. The Eagles don’t currently have one, and that is something Cauley would like to change.

“That would make such a difference,” she said. “When you’re JV level, you can work on the basic skills and things for a lot of these girls. They’ve never played the sport, so having the JV level and teams to compete with at that level would just help them so much in learning the basics, and then being able to move up from there.”

Cauley said this is her seventh season as Madison’s coach. Along with more Sportsmanship Awards, she would also like to help lead the program to some on-the-field success.

“Every year I would say that we get more commitment from younger girls, younger grades, which is great,” Cauley said. “So if we can keep that up, in a few years, you never know what (can) happen.”

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