New coach says Mercy girls soccer will be fine with time

By: Mike Moore | Farmington Press | Published April 9, 2018

 Farmington Hills Mercy senior midfielder Sophie Lumpier moves the ball in a game earlier this season. The Marlins were 0-3-0 at press time, but were a team heading in the right direction.

Farmington Hills Mercy senior midfielder Sophie Lumpier moves the ball in a game earlier this season. The Marlins were 0-3-0 at press time, but were a team heading in the right direction.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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FARMINGTON HILLS — Don’t focus on the record, not at this point.

Instead, as he spoke of his Farmington Hills Mercy soccer team, first-year coach Mario Tartagliais was more interested in the process of getting his squad to where it needs to be.

“It’s a very good-looking team so far,” he said. “There’s good talent here. There’s good skill here. I think all we need now is time to put it all together.”

Tartagliais spent last year with the junior varsity program and has roughly 10 years of experience coaching travel clubs all over the region, but is in his first few weeks as a varsity coach at the high school level.

“I really like it so far,” Tartagliais said. “The spring season is a tough one where you come in, try out, and a week later we’re playing games. There’s not much prep involved.”

And then spring break slams another mini pause on the season.

At press time, the Marlins were 0-3-0.

“We lost one game on a freak goal scored from 40 yards out,” Tartagliais said. “The other two, and I’m not making excuses, but there was a call or two that hurt us. But we’re right there. We’ve been in every game, and that’s the encouraging part.”

Along with the new coach, Mercy has a relatively young roster as well. 

With only a handful of seniors, Tartagliais kept six freshmen on the big club.

“The message for this group is that it will take time,” he said. “They have a lot to learn, and they have to buy into what we’re doing. If we can keep on the right path, it will be worth it.”

Which is why, he added, focusing on an early record is pointless.

“This group is very capable of making a splash come district time if we keep progressing,” Tartagliais said. “We’re 0-3 in the league, which makes things tough, but we want to work toward making the league playoffs. It’s all about potential right now. We’re not far off. … Everything is there. Now we have to figure it out.”

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