Utica Ford II girls soccer working to figure things out

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published April 29, 2019

 Utica Ford II’s Alexa Clampitt, left, battles with Grosse Pointe North’s Molly Bennett during an April 24 match. Conditioning is key for this year’s team, according to coach Teri Steinwascher.

Utica Ford II’s Alexa Clampitt, left, battles with Grosse Pointe North’s Molly Bennett during an April 24 match. Conditioning is key for this year’s team, according to coach Teri Steinwascher.

Photo by Sean Work

STERLING HEIGHTS — The Utica Ford II girls soccer team has started slow, but coach Teri Steinwascher doesn’t think the team’s start can be attributed to personnel.

At press time, the Falcons were 1-5-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division.

“We have the ability to play well and play with any team we go up against, but we’re still working to string together extended minutes playing at a high level,” Steinwascher said.

The Falcons play well in spurts, but conditioning has been an issue at times for what Steinwascher called a young, inexperienced team.

Ford has been outscored 14-7. Two of the team’s losses have come in one-goal matches.

“Fitness is important for us as we go forward,” said Steinwascher, who guided the team to Division 1 state semifinal trips in 2014 and 2017. “We have to be able to put together more moments in games that translate into good offensive chances.”

Several players have stepped up to lead the way, Steinwascher said, in their own way.

There are some players on the roster who were members of that 2017 regional championship team: seniors Kayla Landman, Katelyn Kahael, Nicole Fiantaco and Emily Burroughs.

The Falcons have had great success over the past handful of seasons. Since 2014, the team is 64-27-9 and has finished in the top three of the MAC Red for five straight seasons.

Ford hasn’t won a division title since 2002, when it played in the MAC White.

Steinwascher this season has set a goal of finishing in the top half of the six-team MAC Red. She sees Utica Eisenhower, Macomb Dakota and New Baltimore Anchor Bay as the top teams in the division. Eisenhower has won nine straight MAC Red championships.

“We want to get better every game and play hard every game,” Steinwascher said. “We have plenty of talent to play with the best teams in the (MAC Red). We need to start to put it together on a consistent basis.”

Ford’s next game is against Dakota at 7 p.m. May 1 at home.

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