Tower boys soccer coach proud of team following run to district final

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Warren Weekly | Published October 18, 2019

 Warren Woods Tower’s Tylor Skkrzypcxak looks to keep possession of the ball in an Oct. 14 playoff win over Hazel Park High. The Titans won the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division title before falling in a Division 2 district final.

Warren Woods Tower’s Tylor Skkrzypcxak looks to keep possession of the ball in an Oct. 14 playoff win over Hazel Park High. The Titans won the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division title before falling in a Division 2 district final.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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WARREN — The 2019 campaign was a strong one for the Warren Woods Tower boys soccer team.

The Titans went unbeaten in Macomb Area Conference Gold Division play to win their first division title since 2001. Tower recorded 16 wins — the program’s most in nearly 20 years.

“The season was fantastic,” Titans coach Josh Milligan said. “These boys worked really hard this season, and it showed on the field. Everybody made contributions.”

Tower’s season ended in a 1-0 loss to Madison Heights Lamphere Oct. 16 in a Division 2 district final. The match marked the third meeting for the teams, both members of the MAC Gold. The Titans and Rams tied a Sept. 9 meeting, and Tower won 2-1 Sept. 30.

The triumph gave Lamphere its first district championship since 2014.

Lamphere’s goal came late in the second half after the ball took an odd bounce and just got past the Tower goalkeeper.

“I played keeper, and I’ve seen that kind of shot before,” Lamphere coach Blake Reedy said. “The rain that came down earlier probably made the ball come off the turf a little faster than it might have otherwise.

“They took the division from us, so I guess this is only right. (Tower) is one of the teams we always look forward to playing. We know it’ll always be a tough, hard-fought, well-played game, and tonight was no different.”

Milligan following the match encouraged his players to stay positive. Milligan said multiple players attempted to take the blame for the setback, but he assured the players that they would have another chance to avenge this loss.

“The guys fought really hard,” Milligan said. “It was just an odd bounce that did us in. We had our chances. We just didn’t capitalize.”

The Titans lose eight players to graduation: Jacob Her, Ginan Jarbo, Zachary Schmelter, Andrew Garofalo, Cooper McMichael, Billy Lee, Chris Hojara and Steven Boida.

“Our seniors did a great job leading the team,” said Milligan, whose team has 16 players eligible to return next season. “We’ve got some guys ready to step up, though.”


Pilots, Patriots battle
The Warren Cousino and Warren De La Salle boys soccer teams met in a D-1 district final Oct. 18, after press time.

The winner advances to a regional at Troy High and plays in a regional semifinal at 5 p.m. Oct. 22 against either Troy Athens or Berkley High. The regional final is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 25.

For scores and game recaps, visit candgnews.com/sports.

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