Southfield A&T girls soccer off to strong start

By: Zachary Manning | Southfield Sun | Published May 1, 2019

 Southfield A&T’s Cameron Smith kicks the ball against Ferndale High April 18. The Warriors lost 5-1.

Southfield A&T’s Cameron Smith kicks the ball against Ferndale High April 18. The Warriors lost 5-1.

Photo by Sean Work

 Southfield A&T’s Chisom Nwadinobi, left, plays the ball against Ferndale. At press time, the Warriors were 2-1-1 overall.

Southfield A&T’s Chisom Nwadinobi, left, plays the ball against Ferndale. At press time, the Warriors were 2-1-1 overall.

Photo by Sean Work

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SOUTHFIELD — It didn’t take long for the Southfield A&T girls soccer team to bounce back from a poor 2018 campaign.

After failing to record a win last season, the Warriors have surged out to a 2-1-1 overall record and a 1-1-1 Oakland Activities Association Gold Division mark at press time. A&T is outscoring its opponents 12-7.

“For the limited time that I’ve had with those kids, the level of enthusiasm, the level of respect and the level of teamwork that I’ve seen, I think the potential is very unlimited here,” new Warriors coach Pierre Lamarre said.

The Warriors have a mix of players who come from different backgrounds in soccer. Some have been playing for most of their lives, while others have just started getting into the game.

With that difference in experience, Lamarre said training has been the biggest key to his team’s hot start. Every practice allows the Warriors to gain valuable experience in the game.

A&T has four captains in seniors Laurynn Morrow, Vannessa Mkwe and Diarry Diallo, and junior Nneka Dike. As one of the more experienced players on the team, Morrow has taken it upon herself to be a leader on and off the field.

So far, Morrow said she’s had an easy time helping and teaching her teammates things they need to know. She’s hoping to see the team improve throughout the course of the season, while continuing to win games.

“Everyone’s friends with each other. We don’t have any drama, so it’s easy for everyone to get along,” Morrow said. “Something to work on is just making sure that everyone knows what they’re doing on and off the field.”

While wins and losses matter, Lamarre isn’t solely focusing on what the Warriors’ record looks like at the end of the year. He’d like to see improvement and effort on the field as well as strong academics in the classroom.

For him, having the opportunity to coach the Warriors has been great. His kids graduated from Southfield High, and being able to give back to the Southfield community is something Lamarre cherishes.

“I’m very happy to have this opportunity to make a difference in these kids’ lives, because they are like my own kids,” Lamarre said. “It’s like being with my family again, so I’m grateful to have this opportunity to work with these young kids.”

The Warriors will take the field again at 5:30 p.m. May 9 at home against Ferndale High.

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