Roseville High’s Seth Daudlin battles for the ball against Ferndale High Oct. 2. The Panthers lost 6-1.

Roseville High’s Seth Daudlin battles for the ball against Ferndale High Oct. 2. The Panthers lost 6-1.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


Roseville ready for postseason with new coach

By: Zachary Manning | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 8, 2019

 Roseville High’s Akeel Ahmed goes after the ball against Ferndale High Oct. 2. At press time, the Panthers were 2-10 overall.

Roseville High’s Akeel Ahmed goes after the ball against Ferndale High Oct. 2. At press time, the Panthers were 2-10 overall.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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ROSEVILLE –– Roseville High didn’t have to go far to find its new soccer coach. 

With former coach Keith Marzec taking over as the school’s athletic director, Josh Rolder has taken over the program. 

Rolder graduated from Roseville in 2015 and has spent the last few seasons as the junior varsity coach. At press time, the Panthers were 2-10 overall and 1-8 in Macomb Area Conference Gold play. 

“These kids, they come in every day. They work really, really hard. They try to get better every day, and it shows,” Rolder said.

Rolder doesn’t believe that the team’s record tells the whole story. Throughout the season, he’s seen his team continue to improve. 

For him, one of the biggest improvements he’s seen is on defense. In the first four games of the season, three teams scored four or more goals on the Panthers. 

Since then, the Panthers have allowed just two opponents to score four or more goals. 

Grosse Pointe North, which is two divisions higher in the MAC, scored eight, and Ferndale, which was 9-7-2 at press time, scored six. 

“We communicate really well with each other, and we know we got each other’s back,” senior Seth Daudlin said. “Even if we get beat, we know that someone’s going to be there, so we just recover to their position. We just work as a team back there.”

With the calendar turned to October, playoff soccer is getting underway. Roseville will open postseason play at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at Sterling Heights High. Sterling Heights played in the MAC Blue and was 2-11-2 at press time.  

A win for Roseville would push them into a district semifinal game against Warren De La Salle. That game would take place at 5 p.m. Oct. 15 at Warren Cousino. 

On the other side of the bracket, Warren Cousino takes on Fraser High, and St. Clair Shores Lakeview will play St. Clair Shores Lake Shore. 

The Panthers are eager to see how they fare in the playoffs and are excited for the opportunity to play. 

“If we put in 110%, we can give it our best; we can give it our all,” junior Tyler Verhelle said. “You never know what could happen. You just got to think positive.” 

Call Sports Writer Zachary Manning at (586) 279-1107. Follow Sports on Twitter @CandGSports. 

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