Troy High’s Jimi Levitt, left, goes after the ball during a game against Troy Athens earlier this season. Coach Jim Stachura said Troy’s program is in a great spot.

Troy High’s Jimi Levitt, left, goes after the ball during a game against Troy Athens earlier this season. Coach Jim Stachura said Troy’s program is in a great spot.

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Troy High boys soccer seeing improvement

By: Mark Vest | Troy Times | Published October 2, 2019

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After making it to a Division 1 state semifinal in 2017, Troy High’s boys soccer program lost 19 of 22 players from that year’s team.

Coach Jim Stachura said it was “like a brand new group” last year. After finishing 14-7-2 in 2017, the Colts went 8-7-3 last season and lost in the first round of a district tournament.

At press time, Troy was 7-4-1 overall and 2-2-1 in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

Stachura has noticed some improvement.

“We returned a lot (of) players from last year’s team that were young kids last year,” Stachura said. “Now, they’re juniors and seniors. That leadership and experience and a little bit of maturity, as well, has turned into a really, really good team.”

At press time, Troy Athens was 11-0-1 overall and 4-0 in the OAA Red. As unlikely as it may be for any team to catch Athens in the division standings, a couple of Stachura’s aspirations for the program could still be achieved.

“Our first, No. 1 goal, was to finish in the top two in the league,” he said. “We know that our league is really, really tough. … We’ve never finished that high since I’ve been here at Troy High.”

There is also the matter of another one of Stachura’s goals for the program. The district playoffs are set to begin Oct. 9, and he would like for his squad to make it past that round of the playoffs this year.

The other teams in the district are tournament host Berkley High, Athens, Royal Oak High, Sterling Heights Stevenson, Utica Ford II and Warren Mott.

“No. 2 goal was to get to a district final, have a chance to win a trophy,” Stachura said. “I think our district being with Berkley, us, and Athens, is (going to) be ultra competitive. But I think knowing who we are and what we can do, I think we’ll be a tough out for anybody come the playoffs. Nothing is (going to) be a walkthrough this year.”

Nathan Morey is one of Troy’s captains. He said last year’s first-round loss to Berkley in the playoffs was “heartbreaking.”

He would like his senior year to be different.

“It’d be really special,” Morey said of winning a district title. “It’d be (the) time of my life. That’s really what I’m aiming for.”

Junior Andrew Howard is also a captain on the team. He has enjoyed being a part of Troy’s soccer program.

“It’s been great,” Howard said. “Anytime you can represent your school on a big stage like this, it’s phenomenal.”

Stachura said Troy’s program is in a great spot. Along with having some talented youth at the varsity level, there are also some freshmen and sophomores on the JV-A team that could offer valuable contributions in the future.

“We’re looking at this as maybe our four-to-five year window, or three-to-four year window, where we can be really competitive and try to push ourselves to attain some of the goals that maybe have been hit or miss the last couple years,” Stachura said. “I’m excited about where the program is headed.”

 

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