Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Marcus Boyle plays the ball in a D-2 district semifinal Oct. 15 against Auburn Hills Avondale. The Eaglets lost 2-1 in overtime.

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Marcus Boyle plays the ball in a D-2 district semifinal Oct. 15 against Auburn Hills Avondale. The Eaglets lost 2-1 in overtime.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


West Bloomfield area soccer teams fall in district action

By: Zachary Manning | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published October 18, 2019

 West Bloomfield High’s Logan Petz plays the ball during a game earlier this year. The Lakers ended the season with an 11-6 record.

West Bloomfield High’s Logan Petz plays the ball during a game earlier this year. The Lakers ended the season with an 11-6 record.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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Soccer districts began Oct. 9, with local teams battling to be crowned district champions.

In Division 1 action, West Bloomfield High fell to Clarkston High 2-1 Oct. 11. The Lakers endeded the season with an 11-6 overall record, and coach Jason Clark was pleased with his team’s play throughout the year.

“We had some big wins against state-ranked teams, and we were also ranked in the top 10 for the first time in school history,” he said. “This team really had an impressive turnaround from last year.”

Clark noted that the senior class was crucial to the success of the team this season, and he hopes this year can be used as motivation.

“Heading into next year it will be about being more consistent,” Clark said. “We had some great wins, but also some rough loses. I think that is something that the team will really learn from and use next year as motivation. We want to get back to being a team that is ranked in the state, challenging for league titles and making a run in the playoffs.”

In D-2, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s fell Oct. 15 to Auburn Hills Avondale 2-1 in overtime in the second round. The Eaglets reached the semifinal after beating Pontiac High 2-1 in its opener. St. Mary’s finished the year at 8-10-1 overall.

“It’s a learning experience. We’re still growing,” Eaglets coach Keith Jeffery said. “It’s good to get these young guys that experience early in their career.”

Looking down the line, Jeffery is excited about the young talent he has returning and believes the Eaglets have a bright future.

“We are definitely headed in the right direction,” Jeffery said. “I got a lot of kids that are bought in, dedicated and committed to getting better.”

In other D-1 district action, Walled Lake Western lost to South Lyon High 3-1 Oct. 15 in a district semifinal. The Warriors beat Hartland High 5-1 in its district opener.

Walled Lake Northern and Walled Lake Central also hit the field, squaring off in an Oct. 10 district opener. Northern would go on to win 2-1 in overtime.

Northern advanced to take on Clarkston High Oct. 15 in a semifinal, but the Wolves snuck past the Knights 1-0.

In D-4, West Bloomfield Frankel Jewish Academy was eliminated in a 2-0 loss to Novi Christian Academy Oct. 10.

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