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Welcome to Rochester Adams, home of the Highlanders. Adams Soccer take up a long and proud tradition of excellence built upon a foundation of teamwork, heart, pride, an outright commitment to pure hard work, and the unwavering pursuit of excellence in all aspects of the game. 


2011 Division 1 Girls District Champions
2010 Division 1 Boys District Champions
2010 Division 1 Girls Regional Champion - State Final Four
2010 Division 1 Girls OAA League Champions
2009 Division 1 Boys Regional Champion - State Final Four
2007 Division 1 Boys OAA League Champions
2006 Division 1 Boys OAA League Champions
2006 Division 1 Boys Regional Finalist
2006 Division 1 Girls Regional Champion - State Final Four
2004 Division 1 Boys Regional Champion - State Final Four
2003 Division 1 Girls Regional Champion - State Final Four
2001 Division 1 Boys Regional Champion - State Runner-up
2000 Division 1 Boys District Champion
1999 Division 1 Boys State Champion

1999 Division 1 Girls State Champion
1998 Division 1 Girls Regional Champion - State Runner-Up
1992 Class A Girls State Champion
1990 Class A Girls Regional Champion - State Runner-Up

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Sunday, January 8
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Thursday, September 22
Freshman Team Update: 21 Sept 2011

Ravens Cornered
Adams Frosh 2 – Royal Oak Frosh 0
Goals: Mike Ahoussaini (Matt Wise), Mike Ahoussaini (Matt Wise)

read—the best local coverage, bar noneHighlanders heads-up play pays off
by KNUT deMUUR. Photos by Dana Scavone.



It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. ——John Wooden

Adams freshman demonstrated the value of set piece practice and rehearsal as two nearly identical corner kick plays were the difference against Royal Oak.

It was sunny and pleasant but a brisk and constant breeze certainly factored into the match with the visiting Ravens Wednesday afternoon. Royal Oak, winning the coin toss, opted to play with the wind at their back the first half. Predictably, much of the play took place in the Highlander half of the field, but Adams held fast. Defense was solid and goalkeeper Collin Sageman alertly cleaned up anything that reached his box.

Opportunities were limited during the first half for the Highlanders, but with two minutes remaining in the half, they took full advantage of one that came their way. It began with Ferris Jaamour making a strong move toward goal and forcing a Royal Oak defender into a desperation tackle from behind. Although the play did not result in a penalty kick, despite the injury to Ferris, it did result in a corner kick.

Serving the ball from the left, Matt Wise pinpointed his spot at the far post slot where Mike Ahoussaini hunting it down from behind headed it home to the back post.

Adams SoccerWith the wind to the Highlanders’ backs the second half, the table was turned and most to the play now took place in the Ravens’ end of the park. Showing a marked improvement from previous games in using the wide spaces of the field Adams were able to create multiple opportunities during the half.

At about the 55th minute Adams earned another corner kick. Coming this time from the right, it was nearly a mirror image of the first half goal — the same bull’s-eye accuracy on the serve from Wise, and the same authoritative header to finish by Ahoussaini. A very fine reward to the team for all the hard work they put into their set pieces.

From that point Adams closed out the match, calmly handling a spirited last-effort spurt from the Ravens and chalking up a very nice win.

"It is one of the insights of modern players... that one has to play the position itself, not some abstract idea of the position." ——John Watson


Monday, 26 Sept - Freshman team travel to Athens. game time 5:00 AT ATHENS H.S. (bus departure 3:50)


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freshman photos courtesy of Dana Scavone. View Full Album HERE.


VarsityTeam Update: 20 Sept 2011

Whatever Gets You Through the Knight
Adams 1 – Lahser 0

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Adams traveled to Lahser Tuesday. Despite numerous scoring chances generated throughout the match, the only goal came in the 20th minutes after Dylan Knott made one of his trademark runs down the left flank and then from the endline threaded the ball to Alex Tzonev in scoring position. TZ tucked the ball smartly home and the 1-0 lead would stand. The Highlanders did well to hold off a late match barrage the last five or six minutes of the match. Spencer Ward earned the Shutout.

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Also Played Today:
Adams JV 4 – Lahser JV 1

The varsity and JV have a whole week off. Tuesday, 17 Sept Adams will host Stoney Creek; JV kick off at 5:30am; Varsity 7:00.


  photos courtesy of Randall McAdory – PhotoGenius Extraordinaire. View Full Album HERE.

Freshman Team Update: 19 Sept 2011

Two Steps Back
Adams Frosh 1 – Seaholm frosh 5
Goals: Ferris Jaamour (Nick Lumsden)

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Still sometime we stumble and fall 
by KNUT deMUUR. Photos by Dana Scavone.



"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated." ——Maya Angelou

Adams freshman team lost to Seaholm Monday 5-1. Seaholm scored first early in the first half. Adams responded with the equalizer a few minutes later When Nick Lumsden played a quick through pass to Ferris Jaamour who finished on the breakaway. But unfortunately that would prove the brightest spot for Adams on this wet grey day. Seaholm would score twice more in the first half.

The second half was played a bit better, but as past matches should be teaching is by now, playing from behind is a rarely-win proposition which too often leads to a no-win result. And so it was again today… as it was against Lake Orion… as it was against Troy… as it’s been since the dawn of time.

Adams SoccerWith ten minutes left and still down by two goals, and with little else left to do, Adams pulled a defender out of the back to try to push the attack with a third forward. Seaholm were quick to pounce on the opportunity and scored two quick goals to seal the match. Final score 5-1.

Today we stumble and fall. Tomorrow we go back at it again. We work together to make it better.

“Fall Seven Times, Stand Up Eight.” ——anon

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freshman photos courtesy of Dana Scavone. View Full Album HERE.


VarsityTeam Update: 17 Sept 2011

Adams 0 – deLaSalle 2

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Adams hosted Warren De Lasalle Saturday afternoon losing 2-0 as the Pilots scored 1 goal in each half.

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Also Played Today:
Adams JV 0 – DeLaSalle JV 3

Monday 20 Sept, Adams travel to Lahser; JV kick off at 5:30am; Varsity 7:00.


  photos courtesy of Randall McAdory – PhotoGenius Extraordinaire. View Full Album HERE.

Freshman Team Update: 17 Sept 2011

Pilot Lessons
Adams Frosh 1 – DeLasalle frosh 0
Goals: Edwin Purcel (Mike Ahoussaini)

read—the best local coverage, bar noneShorthanded Highlanders Beat Odds, Beat DeLasalle
by KNUT deMUUR. Photos by Dana Scavone.



Maybe we’re learning the lessons of our past mistakes.

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” ——Aristotle.

Adams Soccer With three mainstay players being called up to the jv match, the Highlanders frosh and Garret Gardella still a week away from medical clearance to play, Adams entered the match against DeLasalle Saturday morning with no field playing substitutes on the bench and a personal challenge on their hands.

Ball movement and possession would be key. Connecting passes a must. Winning 50-50’s crucial. And trusting and using each other on the field imperative. All things this team has shown it is capable of, but also all things that that we’ve fallen short of at times during the season when it truly counted.

They did not fall short today.

"In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place.” ——Jesse Owens

Adams Soccer They played with each other and for each other. On the ball and off the ball. Fighting for the ball and winning the ball. Touching the ball & moving the ball. When the Pilots threatened, Adams responded defensively. But Adams threatened just as often. And in the 33rd minute The highlanders earned a corner as Edwin Purcel unleashed a cracking shot to the upper-90. The DeLaSalle keeper did well to prevent the sure goal but was forced to concede the corner in the attempt.

"It’s not the will to win that matters. Hell, everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters." ——Paul "Bear" Bryant

And on the ensuing corner kick, all of the Highlanders preparedness came to bear as Mike Ahoussaini’s serve was flicked on from the near post to the far post slot where Edwin made no mistake with his second bite at the apple. It was a clean decisive finish. Lovely to see.

“When you got your boot on the rattlesnake’s head, kill the rattlesnake” ——James Butler Hickok

Adams Soccer Taking the 1-0 lead into half time the emphasis was “no let up”. As beautiful as the first half was to watch, the reality was we knew the second half would be much tougher. The Pilots would certainly come out re-focused, and fatigue would become an increasing factor as the half. Again, Adams rose to the challenge. deLaSalle did carry play most of the half, especially during a 22 minute stretch when an injury to Collin Scavoni forced Adams to play a man. The pilots got six shots off including two very dangerous back-to-back shots that goalkeeper Gannon Hutto acrobatically deflected and then the defense finally were able to clear.

“Great shot, Mexican. But just remember, great shots don’t win games... Great Games Win Games.” ——Dirk Greywit (my old college roommate to me after I made a pretty great shot against him.) 

Adams Soccer Adams hung in and hung on. One great serve and one great shot to put themselves ahead. One great full-game effort to earn the win. Nice Job.

The final question is whether we are learning the lesson of consistency? Time and future matches will tell.

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freshman photos courtesy of Dana Scavone. View Full Album HERE.


Freshman Team Update: 14 Sept 2011

Too Little Too Late
Adams Frosh 0 – Lake Orion frosh 2

read—the best local coverage, bar noneLackluster first half is all LO need to defeat Adams
by KNUT deMUUR. Photos by Dana Scavone.



Adams SoccerAdams freshman team lost to Lake Orion Wednesday 2-0. A dismal first half saw Lake Orion score 2 goals. After a halftime refocus Adams turned in a far better showing the second half, but the damage was already done. The Highlanders were unable to climb back into the match.

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freshman photos courtesy of Dana Scavone. View Full Album HERE.


Wednesday, September 14
Varsity Team Update: 13 Sept 2011

Big Win
Adams 2 – Troy 0
Goals: Alex Tzonov, Alex Tzonov (assists to follow)


read—the best local coverage, bar noneAdams stuns top-ranked Troy 
BY DAN STICKRADT senior editor/Photos by RANDALL McADORY.


Adams Soccer ROCHESTER HILLS — Rochester Adams was able to accomplish something on the soccer pitch Tuesday against Troy that no other team has been able to do against the Colts this season: Score a goal within the regular flow of a game.

Previously, Troy had only given up a first-half penalty kick goal to Walled Lake Northern in a contest three weeks ago. That’s 560 minutes of soccer and only one goal off a restart allowed by the Colts.

The Highlanders were able to not only become the first team to score a regular goal on the Colts, but were able to hand Division 1 top-ranked Troy its first loss of the season, 2-0, in a key OAA Red Division match.

The Adams victory now leaves all eight members of the OAA-Red with at least one league loss.

“This keeps us right in the race,” beamed Adams coach Josh Hickey. “We lost to Clarkston a couple of weeks ago and that shouldn’t have happened. That was our only (league) loss. Now everyone has a loss. It’s wide open now.”

Junior Alex Tzonov was a giant killer, scoring a pair of first-half goals on Troy all-state netminder Matt Smolinski.

Freshman goalkeeper Spencer Ward made nine saves in the contest for Adams, including one lateral stop in the first half for his third shutout of the season.

“I don’t think anyone stood out in particular. My entire team played well,” said Hickey. “Our midfielder were incredible, our back line was incredible. This was probably our best game of the year.”

Adams SoccerAdams (6-3-1, 4-1-0), which will face third-ranked Warren DeLaSalle on Saturday, took a 1-0 lead only 40 seconds into the contest when Tzonov caught Troy (7-1-0, 3-1-0) off guard and placed a shot into the corner of the goal, sending Troy into its first deficit of the season.

Tzonov finished off a cross from Dylan Knott in the 39th minute to put Troy into a two-goal hole. The colts could not recover from in the second half.

“We knew that if we played well, then we’d have a chance to beat them,” said Hickey. “I know they haven’t really been scored on this season, so we were fortunate enough that Tzonov was able to put a couple away. Troy is a very good team.

“Our whole league is strong, as it always is,” continued Hickey. “We have some tough games coming up the next couple of weeks. We have (Bloomfield Hills) Lahser and (Troy) Athens, and we have another game with (Rochester) Stoney Creek. It’s going to be a tough stretch coming up.”
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read—the best local coverage, bar noneState powers Adams and Troy play to draw 
By SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, Special to The Oakland Press/Oakland Press Photos By Vaughn Gurganian.

ROCHESTER HILLS — Alex Tzonev spent the last part of his summer vacation traveling around Europe, a continent known for producing superior soccer talent.

Judging by Tuesday’s clash of local prep pitch powers, Rochester Adams and Troy, it had quite an effect on him.

Adams Soccer Tzonev, a junior forward, scored two first-half goals to lead host Adams to a 2-0 win over the visiting Colts in action from the Oakland Activities Association Red division.

The pair of scores were Tzonev’s first goals of the season.

“I was in Europe to start the schedule and missed the first couple games, so I guess this was my way of catching up,” he said with a smile. “I had some opportunities tonight and I capitalized on them. This whole team works very well together. I think we have a lot more success waiting for us down the line.”

Adams moved to 6-3 on the year with the victory, while Troy, unbeaten coming into Tuesday’s match, slipped to 7-1.

Josh Hickey, the Highlanders head coach, saw his squad’s showdown with the Colts as indicative of the ultra tough conference both school’s play in.

“This was game was high intensity the whole way through and I don’t think you would expect anything less from two of the best programs in the OAA,” said Hickey. “My whole team played well tonight. The win was without question a total effort from the entire roster.”

Adams Soccer Tsonev’s first goal came within the opening 90 seconds of play. His second came with 1:19 remaining before halftime.

“They snuck one past us early and that put us behind the ball early,” Troy head coach Brian Zwasilak said. “We were out of position for a second or two and it killed it us. I thought we played good tonight, but obviously it wasn’t good enough to come out on the winning side of things.”

Freshman goalkeeper Spencer Ward starred for the Adams’ defense on Tuesday, making 10 saves, several of which were of the acrobatic variety, and collecting his third shutout of the campaign.

Matt Smolinski, Troy’s junior standout goalie, was in top form as well in the contest, recovering from surrendering the pair of early scores, to grab seven saves in between the posts.

The Colts will have the chance to get some quick redemption for themselves, as they head back to the field on Wednesday for a home match against North Farmington.

The Highlanders face non-conference opponent Warren De La Salle on Saturday at Ultimate Soccer in Pontiac Highlander Stadium for their next game. (please note: the location info given in the originally published atricle is mistaken. Saturday's game will be AT Adams.)

Adams Soccer Both Adams and Troy won district titles in 2010, with Adams falling in the regional semifinals and Troy losing to Grand Blanc in a regional championship game.

In 2009, Adams advanced all the way into the Division 2 final four, dropping an overtime heartbreaker to eventual state champion, Birmingham Brother Rice.
Last Updated: 9/13/2011 11:01:30 PM EST

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Also Played Tonight:
Adams JV 1 – Troy JV 0

Sat, 17 Sept, Adams host DeLasalle – JV 11:30am; Varsity 1:00.


  photos courtesy of Randall McAdory – PhotoGenius Extraordinaire. View Full Album HERE.

Monday, September 12
Freshman Team Update: 12 Sept 2011

Shooting Blanks
Adams Frosh 0 – clarkston frosh 1

read—the best local coverage, bar noneFinishing woes finish off Highlanders
by KNUT deMUUR. Photos by Dana Scavone.



Adams Soccer


I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. ——Thomas Edison

Adams freshman team lost to Clarkston Monday 1-0. The last two matches have seen Adams take 40 shots, 17 corner kicks, and 12 free kicks from within 40 yards... and 0 goals.

Boys, it's simple. To win matches we've got to finish. When we are into the box and goalkeepers are standing there with their hands on their hips like they don't have a worry in the world... and we keep proving them right... then we clearly have things to fix.

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose,  for this thing that we call "Failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down. ——Mary Pickford 

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freshman photos courtesy of Dana Scavone. View Full Album HERE.


Saturday, September 10
Varsity Team Update: 10 Sept 2011

A Drawn Out Affair
Adams 1 – Utica 1

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Adams found themselves facing a one-goal deficit with only a minute left to play against Utica Saturday afternoon.

Adams SoccerWith 39 seconds left to play the tying goal was scored to salvage a 1-1 draw with the Cheiftans.

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Thursday, September 8
Freshman Team Update: 8 Sept 2011

Adams Frosh 0 – avondale frosh 0

read—the best local coverage, bar noneFailure to finish
by KNUT deMUUR. Photos by Dana Scavone.



Adams SoccerAdams freshman team hosted Avondale Wednesday. Despite spending most of the match camped in the attacking half of the field and countless corners & free kicks, Adams failed to finish any of thier opportunities.

Final Score: an unsatisfactory 0-0

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Friday, September 2
Varsity Team Update: 1 Sept 2011

The One That Got Away
Adams 1 – Clarkston 2

read—the best local coverage, bar noneAdams relinquish lead to Wolves



Adams traveled to Clarkston on Thursday night, losing 2-1 in a conference matchup to the Wolves. The Highlanders' Jake Parnell opened the scoring 10 minutes into the match. But despite the early goal, danger signs loomed. The Highlanders looked tired and play seemed sluggish. Addressing the points with a 1-0 halftime lead did not solve the problem. no foul

As the second half progressed, threatening prospects came to fruition. Clarkston would score two second-half goals to take the lead and hang on for their first victory over Adams in 4 years. Adams record drops to 3-2 (1-1 OAA RED). Adams next match will be a home match Thursday 8 Sept against Lake Orion.

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Also Played Tonight:
Adams JV 0 – Clarkston JV 0

Wed, 7 Sept, Adams Frosh host Avondale 5:30 at Highlander Stadium
Thursday, Adams host Lake Orion; JV kick off at 5:30am; Varsity 7:00.


  photos courtesy of Randall McAdory – PhotoGenius Extraordinaire. View Full Album HERE.

Thursday, September 1
Freshman Team Update: 31 Aug 2011

Big Fish Two
Adams Frosh 0 – Troy Frosh 2

read—the best local coverage, bar noneAdams frosh drop home opener
by KNUT deMUUR. Photos by Dana Scavone.



Adams freshman team suffered their first loss of the season on Wednesday evening to the visiting Troy Colts. The game featured the return of long-time Adams Coach and good friend Brian “Fish” Fitzgerald. The game marked his first trip back to Highlander Stadium since he handed me the job five years ago; and after 12+ years of coaching side by side together, the first time we coached against each other.

Troy came out with a highly energetic and direct style of play and chalked up their first goal about 10 minutes into the match. Adams continued to absorb pressure through the rest of the half but despite a few isolated build-up opportunities were unable to find any consistency in their possession game, turning the ball over too frequently and playing to “kicky” to mount any sustained threat. The Colts added an insurance goal in the last minute of the first half to take a 2-0 lead into the half.

Brandon Sloane goes head to head against Stoney player In the second half, the Highlanders settled down a bit and started to move the ball around better, but the damage was done and the task proved too much an uphill battle. Troy packed their defense and continued their direct style making it all the more difficult to penetrated into dangerous space. And all to great effect. Final score 2-0.

Troy coach Brian Fitzgerald was highly complementary of the Highlander crew noting the contrast between his own teams more direct style of play and Adams’ commitment to a possession style of play. “Hey at least your guys are trying to play the right way. They didn’t cave and get away from what they were doing just because they went down a goal or two. And really, that kind of game of depends so much on the first goal. If you'd put the first one in, that whole game’s an entirely different story. They played hard and they’re tough. I’m glad I don’t have to play you again this year”

Well, perhaps. But for today we’ll need to take the lumps and the lessons from the match and mull them over during this extended weekend. Adams freshman team now stands at 3-1 and will face the Avondale Yellowjackets on Wednesday, 7 September 5:30 at Highlander Stadium.


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Varsity Team Update: 30 Aug 2011

Head to Head – Adams & Stoney square off
Adams 2 – Stoney Creek 1
Goals: Jake Parnell (Austin Ksoll), Ted Hurst (Evan Skiff)

read—the best local coverage, bar noneAdams takes down rival Stoney Creek  
by DAN STICKRADT Special to The Oakland Press. Photos by RANDALL McADORY.


Brandon Sloane goes head to head against Stoney player ROCHESTER HILLS — There is a large amount of parity in the OAA Red Division boys soccer circle this season, with no apparent team expected to run away with the league crown.

In fact, all seven teams appear to have similar talent.

Rochester Adams still made quite a statement Tuesday with its second straight win over a league arch-rival. The Highlanders held the upper hand on host Stoney Creek and recorded a 2-1 victory over the Cougars.

Adams also defeated Rochester, 3-2, last Thursday and has now won four of its first five contests overall in an eight-day span.

The Highlanders (4-1-0) outshot Stoney Creek by a 15-7, including 7-6 with shots directly on goal, and even held a 7-1 edge on corner kicks, but still had to stave off the Cougars’ comeback bid to win for the third time in five days and second win in as many days.

Spencer Ward - Keeper of the gate Adams defeated Grand Blanc, 3-2, in Monday night, avenging a loss in last year’s Division 1 regional semifinals. The Highlanders also own a 5-1 win over Royal Oak and a 2-0 setback to Ann Arbor Pioneer this season.

“We’re learning. We were up 2-0 with (them being) a man down and you shouldn’t let a team (like that back into the game),” said Adams coach Josh Hickey. “We’re making mistakes. But overall I think we’re making the right mistakes at the right times. We’re learning from our mistakes. I’m pleased overall.”

The Cougars played the final 44:24 down a man after a player received a red card for foul language late in the first half. By that point, the Cougars were already in a two-goal hole.

Adams went up 1-0 in the 25th minute, when Jake Parnell scored on a rebound off his own shot. Austin Ksoll’s cornerkick into the box was cleared out to Parnell, who laced a pair of shots before the second attempt found the back of the net.

Randall McAdory – flying high The Highlanders made it 2-0 with 9:23 left in the first half, when junior Ted Hurst scooped up a loose ball and unleashed a cannon shot from 25 yards away that found the netting inside the left post.

The Cougars (4-2-2) upped their intensity in the final 20 minutes despite playing down a man and eventually cut into the lead. Stoney Creek finally spoiled the shutout when Adam Anderson corralled a clearing attempt and blasted a shot from 22 yards out that curled inside the left post with 8:38 left.

“I think that they picked up their intensity and played with some urgency,” said Hickey of Stoney Creek’s comeback. “We played a little too comfortable. I don’t think we let our guard down necessarily. I think once they got that goal they had hope again.”

The Cougars could not muster the equalizer despite constant pressure down the stretch. Playing over half the game with only 10 available players hurt Stoney Creek’s chances of a complete comeback.

Jake Parnell – puts Adams out in front “This early in the season, emotions run high in games like these,” offered Stoney Creek coach Adam Bican. “We had a selfish act with one of our guys getting a red card. I thought we played extremely well being a man down. I thought we played with a lot of heart and intelligence. But I thought that Adams played an extremely high skilled game. Hats off to them and their coaching staff. I look forward to playing Rochester Adams again.

“I think that anyone can beat anyone on any given night,” added Bican. “I think that will make for some really exciting soccer. That being said, people feel like the (OAA-Red) is down. I think its as strong as any league in the state.”
Last Updated: 8/31/2011 12:06:31 PM EST
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Also Played Tonight:
Adams JV 0 – Stoney Creek JV 2

Tomorrow, 31 Sept, Adams Frosh host Troy 5:30 at Highlander Stadium
Thursday, the Adams JV & Varsity travel to Clarkston; JV kick off at 5:30am; Varsity 7:00.


  photos courtesy of Randall McAdory – PhotoGenius Extraordinaire. View Full Album HERE.

Varsity Team Update: 29 Aug 2011

Cats Nipped
Adams 3 – Grand Blanc 2
Goals: Alek Kawolick (Brandan Sloane), Brandon Sloan (Evan Skiff), Dylan Knott (Ted Hurst)

read—the best local coverage, bar noneKnott's goal lifts Rochester Adams past Grand Blanc  
by DAN FENNER Special to The Oakland Press. Photo credits/ ANDY WHITCOMB.


ROCHESTER — It may only have been an early season non-conference matchup, but good luck telling Rochester Adams’ players that Monday’s contest with Grand Blanc was no different than any game on the schedule.

Last season, the Highlanders were eliminated from postseason play by the Bobcats, giving Monday’s 3-2 victory an important subplot and a small measure of revenge that did not go unnoticed by the players.

Rochester Adamm' Brandon Sloan dribbles as Grand Blanc's Chris Sullivant defendsborder=“It was so satisfying having been on the team last year, and to come back and show them we’re here to win now,” said senior Dylan Knott, who scored the game’s winning goal.

Knott’s tally, which stood up as the decisive goal in a back-and-forth game, came in bizarre fashion with a little over 18 minutes to play.

After diffusing a Grand Blanc scoring opportunity, Adams made a long outlet pass on a quick transition in the opposite direction. Knott raced after the ball and was met by the Bobcats’ keeper about 35 yards in front of the goal.

After making contact with the ball, the keeper fell to the ground and was unable to scamper back before Knott fired a long-distance 40-yard strike just below the crossbar.

Knott said he could have practiced that type of shot all day long, but it’s not something he could simply learn to do.

“The keeper came out on me and he got his knee on it, but I got the ball. Then, a defender came toward me, but I beat him and ripped off a shot,” Knott said.

Rochester Adams' Matt Morris (4) and Grand Blanc's Chris Sullivant fight for position. Grand Blanc coach Greg Kehler said he agreed with his keeper’s initial reaction, which was to be aggressive and come out of the net.

“He was caught in no man’s land because Adams was able to knock the ball over my back four (defenders),” Kehler said. “The problem was that once he went down on the ground, all of our defenders thought they better get back to the net instead of pressuring the ball.”

Prior to Knott’s goal, the Highlanders had held leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but the Bobcats were able to draw even twice.

“Overall, we played a complete game,” Highlanders coach Josh Hickey said. “It’s really early in the season, and the next time we could see Grand Blanc would be the postseason. It’s good to see how we’re measuring up.”

The first half saw Adams take an early lead on a goal by senior Alek Kowalick, who buried an opportunity off a rebounded shot by Knott.

Rochester Adams' Jake Parnell (14) and Grand Blanc's Johnny Clark fight for position. The lead would not last, however, as Grand Blanc’s Zach Carroll tied the game just over two minutes later. Carroll fired off a rocket of a shot from in close after squeezing between two Adams defenders.

The Highlanders took a lead into halftime by executing a corner kick to perfection with under four minutes to go before the break. Junior Brandon Sloan got position on Grand Blanc’s defense and headed the ball in the net off the corner strike.

The drama would intensify midway through the second half as the Highlanders were again unable to hold a lead. The Bobcats’ Yamann Sahlool redirected a pass straight across the goal frame from in deep to tie the game.

Following Knott’s goal, Adams’ defense locked down and prevented Grand Blanc from a third comeback.

“I thought Adams was very good, and Dylan Knott was as good as advertised,” Kehler said. “We made a lot of mental mistakes, which will be easy things to correct. I’m glad we played a team like Adams now because I think it will make us better as the season moves on.”

With the victory, Adams improved to 3-1 on the young season and will continue its busy week of games with a match against crosstown foe Stoney Creek on today.

Last Updated: 8/29/2011 11:24:45 PM EST


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Also Played Tonight:
Adams JV 0 - Grand Blanc JV 0
Adams frosh 1 – Stoney Creek frosh 0

Tomorrow, the Highlanders Varsity & JV travel across town to take on Stoney Creek; JV kick off at 5:30am; Varsity 7:00.


 Most photos on this page courtesy of Randall McAdory – PhotoGenius Extraordinaire. View Full Album HERE.

Tuesday, August 30
Freshman Team Update: 29 Aug 2011

Road Warriors
Adams Frosh 1 – Stoney Creek Frosh 0
Goals: Edmundo Lopez

read—the best local coverage, bar noneAdams frosh earn third road win to improve to 3-0
by KNUT deMUUR. Photos by Dana Scavone.



Adams freshman team hit the road again Monday and while big brother teams JV & Varsity were tangling with the Bobcats of Grand Blanc back home, the frosh were in a cat fight of their own against Stoney Creek's Cougars.

Edmundo Lopez scores the game-winner and his 4th goal in two gamesAdams, losing two key starters over the course of the match, put together a gusty performance relying on determination and game smarts to hang on to a 1-0 lead and chalk up their 2nd consecutive win over a cross-town rival and boost their overall record to 3-0 on the season.

The first half saw the Highlanders with plenty of possession and play in the Stoney Creek half of the field, but resulting shot were comparatively few and far between. Addressing the issue at halftime, Adams came out with renewed focus and for the fourth time in two games it was Edmundo Lopez answering the call, scoring what would prove to be the deciding goal just three minutes into the second half.

With the loss of Matt Wise early in the half and Nick Lumsden already sidelined from 1st-half injury the half became a back & forth affair for a while as Adams were forced to adjust and fill those two important roles. The team proved equal to the task. Sliding over to center back Edwin Purcell kept the back line on solid footing while Dane Fernandez assumed Edwin’s customary left back role. The several time the cougars were able to mount a threat, Collin Sageman was there to keep the clean sheet, earning his second solo shutout in a row.

As the Highlanders adapted and the second half went along, more and more of play again began making its way back into the Cougars' half of the field. The boys particularly did an admirable job of killing the last three minutes of play with sustained possession deep in Stoney territory and out by the corners. Great job boys and a very fine win.

Adams now prepare for their first home match of the season against Troy featuring the return of good friend and long-time Adams coach Brian ("Fish") Fitzgerald who stepped down from high school coaching several years back. Focusing exclusively on club teams for the past several years, Fish has missed the high school environment and expressed a wish to get back into that side of coaching as well. This summer the opportunity came along and he accepted the Troy High freshmen job. Wednesday will mark his first trip back to Highlander Stadium since he handed me the job; and after 12+ years of coaching side by side together, the first time we will coach against each other.  

Better get your game on for this one boys because I promise you Coach Brian will be getting his team up for it.

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Varsity Team Update: 27 Aug 2011

Pioneering Spirit
Adams 0 – Ann Arbor Pioneer 2

read—the best local coverage, bar noneRochester Adams loses a defensive struggle to Pioneer
by MICHAEL WALLWORK Special to The Oakland Press. Photo credits/ ANDY WHITCOMB. additional photos by RANDALL McADORY

ROCHESTER — The visiting Pioneers of Ann Arbor Pioneer used a pair of late goals to defeat the host Rochester Adams Highlanders, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon.

Junior Zach Pagani got the Pioneers on the board with just 8:11 to play when he created some space for himself at the top of the penalty area and rifled a shot into the short side of the net.

Six minutes later, Pagani set up younger brother Chase for the clincher on a similar shot.

Rochester Adams' Zach Limb (rear) fights for the ball with Ann Arbor Pioneer's Chase Pagani (4) in a boys soccer contest on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. (Photos contributed ANDY WHITCOMB) Those would be the only two shots on goal the Pioneers would register all game, while Adams managed just one shot on goal as the defenses dominated from start to finish.

Both teams were crowding extra players into the center of the field, forcing the offenses to play wide. The end result was that the ball moved up and down the field a lot, but neither team could create chances in the penalty area with all extra players in the middle. The defenses were strong both as groups and as individuals playing organized defense and tackling very well, leaving very few chances for the offenses to seriously threaten the goalkeepers.

Overall, Adams did get 10 shots for the game, but almost all of them came from long range.

But this was a much different game from a year ago, a 4-2 Adams win, that saw a more open offensive style of play from both teams.

Rochester Adams' Patrick Spike (18) dribbles between Ann Arbor Pioneer players Evan Jones and Joe Flanagan (22) in a boys soccer contest on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. (Photos contributed ANDY WHITCOMB) “It was more of a defensive game from both sides,” Adams coach Josh Hickey said. “It wasn’t easy to break them down, so you’re not going to get a lot of shots. But the ones that they got they scored on, and that makes a difference.”

The Highlanders came out strong in the first half, carrying the play and generating seven shots and four corner kicks as they were able to possess the ball and push Pioneer back into their own end for long stretches. But they had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard at halftime as they were unable to solve the Pioneer defenders in the final third.

“We have some really great organizers through the spine of our team,” Pioneers assistant coach Sam Stern said. “Adam Carn Saferstein does a fantastic job balancing the midfield. Mussa Ibrahim in the back does a great job maintaining the integrity of the line, and that makes it difficult for teams.”

Ann Arbor Pioneer goal keeper Peter Tappenden (middle) grabs a ball out of midair in front of Rochester Adams player Jake Parnell (14) a boys soccer contest on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. (Photos contributed ANDY WHITCOMB) The end result was a well-played defensive chess match between the teams where the difference was ability of the Pioneer attackers to finish the very few chances they did get.

“We played well. It’s just that they played better. And they finished and we didn’t,” Hickey said. “It was a good team effort.”

With the win, Ann Arbor Pioneer improves to 3-0 on the season. Rochester Adams drops to 2-1 overall. Adams has three games next week, starting with another stiff non-league test on Monday when they host Grand Blanc and then road trips to rival Stoney Creek on Tuesday and Clarkston on Thursday. Last Updated: 8/27/2011 5:53:06 PM EST


Also Played Tonight:
Adams JV 1 - Pioneer JV 0

Monday, 29 Aug - Freshman team plays at 5:00 AT STONEY CREEK H.S.;
ALSO Grand Blac visit at Highlander Stadium - JV 5:30; Varsity 7:00

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Saturday, August 27

To Have or Have Knott

read—the best local coverage, bar none Oakland County's top players
by DAVE PEMBERTON of The Oakland Press. Photo credits/ RANDALL McADORY.

Top players

1. Matt Habrowski (Jr.), D, Birmingham Brother Rice — Habrowski is a U.S. national team pool player and played with the U.S. 17-and-under team in France over the summer. Habrowski is being recruited by a host of Division I colleges, including Michigan, Virginia, Notre Dame and Stanford. He was a third-team Division 1 all-state selection last season.

2. Dylan Knott (Sr.), MF/F, Rochester Adams —
 Knott is the straw the stirs the Highlanders offense Knott is the straw the stirs the Highlanders offense. Knott led Adams in assists last season and was a Division 1 all-state second-team selection. Knott is being recruited by several Division I colleges.

3. Chase Jabbori (Sr.), F, Novi — Jabbori has been the Wildcats leading scorer the last three seasons and had 17 goals and nine assists last season. He’s being recruited by several colleges including Michigan, Oakland and Western Michigan. He was a third-team all-state selection last season.

4. Phillip Soong (Sr.), D, Novi — The 6-foot-2 Soong is outstanding in the air and a solid all-around player. Soong is also an outstanding student and is undecided on his college plans thus far.

5. Tariq Akeel (Sr.), F, Birmingham Detroit Country Day — Akeel is a high-level club player, who plays midfield during club season, but plays forward for Country Day. Yellowjackets coach Paul Bartoshuk said Akeel is unpredictable for defenders, which makes him difficult to mark. He’s committed to Brown.

6. Jack Brown (Sr.), MF, Birmingham Detroit Country Day — Brown is a game changer for the Yellowjackets and can get the offense going from anywhere on the field with his booming kick. Brown is also a strong defender and will help organize the team’s defense. He has committed to Michigan.

7. Alex Serwatka (Sr.), MF, Troy Athens — Serwatka is a smooth ball handler, who will split time between midfield and forward for the Red Hawks. He’s being recruited by a host of Division I colleges.

8. Nick Shabino (Sr.) MF/F, Bloomfield Hills Andover — Shabino will lead the Barons offensive attack. He was a Division 2 second-team all-state selection last season.

9. Erik Kelly (Sr.), D, Bloomfield Hills Lahser — Kelly is an outstanding defender, who reads the game well and plays composed. He will also see time in the midfield for the Knights. He was a Division 2 second-team all-state selection last season.

10. Sean Hazen (Sr.), D, Novi — Hazen is an attacking defender, who coach Brian O’Leary says never gets tired. He has committed to Western Michigan.

11. Russell Cicerone (Jr.), F, Birmingham Brother Rice — The Warriors will run their offense through Cicerone, who is a three-year varsity player. Cicerone is an excellent passer with great field vision.

12. Nick Sobczynski (Sr.), MF, Stoney Creek — Cougars head coach Adam Bican says Sobczynski is a special player. Sobczynski was a Division 1 all-state honorable mention last season.

13. Sunny Shettigar (Sr.), F, Troy Athens — Shettigar’s is a flashy forward, who has a knack for scoring goals. He has committed to Cornell.

14. Sandy Mouch (Sr.), MF, Troy Athens — Mouch is a possession midfielder, who does a lot of the dirty work for the Red Hawks. Mouch is being recruited by several schools, including Oakland.

15. Zach Doepke (Jr.), MF, Troy — Doepke is the glue that hold the Colts’ ship together. He’s a steady presence in the midfield and will play a huge role for Troy this season.

16. Nate Chapman (Sr), F, Auburn Hills Avondale — Chapman is a relentless worker with strong ball skills. In track and field, he was a member of Avondale’s state champion 800 relay team. He was a Division 2 all-state honorable mention last season.

17. Tyler Jugon (Jr.), MF, Clawson — Jugon is a key component is Clawson’s high-powered offense. He was a Division 3 all-state first team selection last season.

18. Bryan Maxwell (Jr.), MF, Walled Lake Central — Maxwell will move up to center mid after playing on the Vikings backline for the past two years. Maxwell is a regional ODP player.

19. Matt Wilson (Jr.), MF, Novi — Wilson is a three-year varsity player and will be a key member of a loaded Wildcats’ roster. Wilson is already being recruited by several colleges including Akron and Michigan.

20. Sam Brown (Soph.), MF, Birmingham Detroit Country Day — Brown is a U.S. national pool player for his age group and is the younger brother of Jack Brown. He’s a crafty midfielder and started for the Yellowjackets last year as a freshman.

Top goalkeepers

1. Matt Smolinski (Jr.), Troy — Smolinski is one the top goalkeepers in the state and will lead a stingy Colts’ defense. Smolinski was a Division 1 second-team all-state selection last season.

2. Mitchell Thompson (Sr.), Walled Lake Northern — Thompson is extremely athletic and a great leader in the back for the Knights. He gave up just 12 goals last season and had 14 shutouts. He was a Division 1 all-state honorable mention last season.

3. Josh Shifman (Jr.), Berkley — Shifman will play a key role if the Barons hope to contend for the OAA White title. Shifman was a Division 1 all-state honorable mention last season.

Last Updated: 8/27/2011 7:53:45 PM EST

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Varsity Team Update: 25 Aug 2011

Crosstown Showdown
Adams 3 – Rochester 2
Adams Goals: Dylan Knott (Brendan Mullen), Brandon Sloan (Dylan Knott), Ted Hurst (Dylan Knott)

This year’s matchup between traditional rivals, Adams and Rochester, lived up to all expectations. A hard-fought, hard-nosed, well-played, back & forth battle between two teams unwilling to yield an inch.; and the result never certain until the final whistle…

read—the best local coverage, bar noneAdams rallies late to beat Rochester  
by DAN TALLANT Special to The Oakland Press. Photo credits/ RANDALL McADORY.


ROCHESTER HILLS — After easily grabbing a season-opening win at Royal Oak on Tuesday, the Rochester Adams boys soccer team had to dig deep against city rival Rochester.

Adams ramp up for the upcoming contestIn what was a hard-fought and seemingly even matchup, the Highlanders made a late second-half charge to earn a 3-2 comeback win over the Falcons.

“It was a steady game for us,” Adams head coach Josh Hickey said. “At the same time, you have to give them credit. They had a good style of game that kind of countered what we were doing. Overall, it was a good learning experience for us.”

Senior Dylan Knott scored a goal and had two huge assists for Adams, which improved to 2-0 on the season.

Knott used his speed and aggressive style of play to help lead Hickey’s defending district championship team.

“I thought we did a good job of controlling the pace of play for about 60 percent of the time,” Rochester head coach Chris Purgatori said. “Unfortunately, we had two mental lapses that they capitalized on and that was what ultimately cost us.”

The Highlanders faced an uphill battle heading into the second half after Rochester tallied two goals in the final 15 minutes of the first half to take a one-goal lead.

Savoring the momentAlmost two-thirds of the second half elapsed for Adams tied the game.

Knott worked the ball deep into Rochester territory and sent a pass into the box that was finished by Brandon Sloan.

Just over four minutes later, Knott hustled his way deep into the Rochester box again.

Coming from the other side of the field this time, he fed a pass out in front of the net and watched as Ted Hurst bury the eventual game-winner with just over 12 minutes remaining.

“Dylan did a great job of connecting out there,” Hickey said. “At the same time, the rest of the team did a good job of finding him out there and working the ball to where we wanted.”

With only about 12 minutes in the game, the Falcons could not generate a chance worthy to tie the contest again.

“One of the things I love about this guys is that they are fighters,” Hickey said. “Even when they were down 2-1, they didn’t have their heads down. They just fought back. We have composure, too. (Our) composure won us that game. They didn’t back down and they didn’t get antsy.”

The game opened with some competitive back and forth between the two schools, but it was Knott who broke the scoreless tie after an impressive individual effort inside the box.

He finished by chipping a shot over the diving Rochester goalkeeper.

“Dylan is a good player,” Purgatory said. “He’s dangerous. You can’t even give him an inch because he can burn you with anything.”

It only took eight minutes however for Rochester to respond.

Sophomore Evan Ansuncion served a ball from outside the box that fell into the lap of classmate Jason Lee, who beat the Adams goalie to tie the game.

Senior Michael Bowyer netted the second goal of the game for Rochester, which has its eye on capturing an OAA Red title.

“One of our biggest goals is to win the OAA Red,” Purgatori said. “I know that we can compete with anyone in the league. We just have to minimize the mental mistakes. It’s still really early.”

Adams will look ahead to Saturday, when it has a matchup with Ann Arbor Pioneer before games on Monday against Grand Blanc and Tuesday at Stoney Creek.

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read—the best local coverage, bar none   Adams rallies past Rochester  
BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR; Photo credits/ RANDALL McADORY. dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.


ROCHESTER HILLS — Rochester and Rochester Stoney Creek appeared to be near images of one another on the soccer pitch Thursday evening.

The one difference was Dylan Knott.

The senior midfielder from Rochester Adams scored a goal and assisted on two others in leading the Highlanders to a come-from-behind, 3-2, victory over the visiting Falcons in the OAA Red Division opener for both schools.

“Dylan came up huge for us,” admitted third-year Adams coach Josh Hickey of one of the state’s top seniors. “He was in on all three goals for us. We had to come back being down at the half.”

Rochester (1-1-1, 0-1-0) led 2-1 at the break but couldn’t hold off Adams in the final 40 minutes. In fact, the Highlanders (2-0-0, 1-0-0) scored both the game-tying and go-ahead goals in a five-minute stretch.

Knott set up Brandon Sloan with the game-tying goal in the 63rd minute, then again assisted on Ted Hurst’s game-winner with just over 12 minutes to play.

Knott staked Adams to a 1-0 lead on a free kick goal midway through the first half.

Adams ramp up for the upcoming contestThe Falcons fought back when Jason Lee ran onto a Michael Bowyer pass and found the back of the net to tie the game. Bowyer scored an unassisted goal just before the half to give Rochester the short-lived advantage.”I thought we played very good. We possessed well and had chances. Dylan (Knott) was the difference. He burned us,” conceded Rochester coach Chris Purgatori. “We made a couple of mistakes and they were able to capitalize on them.”

Hickey, who is trying to replace eight starters, is impressed with his team’s ability to come back in a league game. The Highlanders were not tested much Tuesday in a 5-1 non-league win over Royal Oak.

“I thought both teams very well. It was a great game, typical of an Adams-Rochester game,” said Hickey.”I was pleased with the way we fought back. We had two great chances in the final 15-20 minutes and we scored on both of them. Rochester is a good team,

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Also Played Tonight:
Adams JV 1 - Rochester JV 0
Adams frosh 2 – Brother Rice frosh 1

Freshman team travel to Rochester for the 3rd leg of Rival Week. Game starts at 5:00 AT ROCHESTER H.S.;

Saturday, the Highlanders Varsity & JV host Ann Arbor Pioneer at Highlander Stadium. JV kick off at 11:00am; Varsity 12:30.

Be there and Be Brown!


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Saturday, August 27
Freshman Team Update: 26 Aug 2011

Higlanders Clip Falcons Wings
Adams Frosh 7 – Rochester Frosh 0
Goals: to follow

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by KNUT deMUUR. Photos by Dana Scavone.




After having to fashion together a come-from-behind win the day before, the Adams freshman team swung totally to the other side of the pendulum Friday and ran roughshod over a struggling Rochester team en route to a 7-0 victory.

Highlights of the match featured a breakout performance by Edmundo Lopez scoring a hat trick. Mike Ahoussaini also contributed with a converted penalty kick. Other goals & assists to follow.

This was very much a team effort and a team victory. Good job boys. Now we turn our attention to the other crosstown rival as we travel to Stoney Creek Monday.

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Monday, 29 Aug - Freshman team plays at 5:00 AT STONEY CREEK H.S.;
ALSO Grand Blac visit at Highlander Stadium - JV 5:30; Varsity 7:00

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Freshman Team Update: 25 Aug 2011

Opening Shots
Adams Frosh 2 – Brother Rich Frosh 1
Goals: Matt Wise, Ferris Jaamour (Edwin Purcell)

read—the best local coverage, bar noneAdams frosh weather early storm and earn comeback win to open the season
by KNUT deMUUR. Photos by Dana Scavone.



The Adams freshman team opened their season Thursday with an away match at Birmingham Brother Rice. An early defensive miscue provided the Highlanders with an immediate challenge to rise to or succumb to. Impressively, Adams took the early setback in stride and settled into the match, improving steadily as the contest wore on.

With about 10 minutes left in the first half, it was Matt Wise drawing the contest level with a 25 yard shot that floated over the Warriors keeper.

The second half was a back and forth battle with both teams creating opportunities, but neither able to capitalize until, with five minutes left, The Highlanders put together a lovely sequence that would make the difference on the day.

Adams ramp up for the upcoming contestStarting from a central position in Adams’ own half, Dane Fernandez found Andres Ulla out wide near the left touchline. Andres quickly fed the ball up the channel to Ryan Heaseman who in turn fed it forward to Edwin Purcell overlapping deep from his left fullback position. Frm the left wing Edwin then served a perfect ball to the far post slot as A.J. Ferrari and Ferris Jaamour were each making framing runs to goal. It was Ferris who got on the end of Purcell's serve and struck a one-time laser into the side panel past the sprawling keeper. Truly a lovely build-up and finish.

After that Adams worked well to keep the ball sealed in the Brother Rice end of the field for most of the remainder of the match… MOSTLY.

However, with 30 seconds left, Rice was able to knock a desperation ball back into Adams territory and actually created a very dangerous opportunity. But goalkeeper Collin Sageman rose to the occasion admirably and foiled the last chance breakaway attempt.

All in all, a very satisfying start to the season. A come from behind win, steady improvement over the course of the match, and still plenty of room for us to improve. Job well done boys.


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Varsity Team Update: 23 Aug 2011

Flying Start Over Ravens
read—the best local coverage, bar noneRoyal Oak unable to withstand Highlander Barrage 

Goals: Dylan Knott (Ryan Cesiel), Randall McAdory (Brandon Sloane), Dylan Knott (Brandon Sloane), Dylan Knott (Alek Kowolick), Patrick Spike (DFK)

Adams open their 2011 campaign Tuesday night against the visiting Royal Oak Ravens, chalking up a convincing win 5-1 in the non-league contest.

The Highlanders controlled the flow of play throughout most of the contest which was punctuated largely by ball possession and probing forays deep into the attacking third constantly looking for the chance to strike. The Ravens, much improved over last year’s side, did prove game throughout the contest and did find stretches of sustained pressure, particularly at the beginning of the second half. But in the end, Adams’ relentless application of control and attack carried the day.

Jake Parnell flies into the Royal Oak boxThe first goal of the match came at the 20th minute courtesy of a Ryan Cesiel free kick 65 yards out – a bit of an irony as Adams had worked their way onto the 18-box a dozen time during the run of play leading up to this opportunity. With Royal Oak holding their restraining line 25 yards out, Dylan Knott made use of the space in behind defense and was in alone with forward momentum just as Ceciel’s serve reached the far post slot, 12 yards out. Knott authoritatively headed the ball home into the side netting.

The second goal would come four minutes later, as Knott picked the pocket of the opponent at midfield. With pace and flair the beat another defender down the left wing to the touchline and slotted the ball back to the penalty spot where Brandon Slone drove off the post. Randall McAdory was the man on the spot and keenly picking up the rebound slotted the ball home with a 1-time left footer back across to the other side of the goal.

At half time it was 2-0 Highlanders.

Royal Oak came out determined in the second half and tallied their lone goal of the evening ten minutes into the half. With a well timed run, a Raven attacker got in behind our defense and took an initial shot. Goalkeeper Spencer Ward extended beautifully and parried the shot wide but a second attacker was able to touch the rebound back across the goal mouth to the initial shooter before Ward could possibly recover.

Knott leaves opponent in the dustNot to be discouraged though, Adams responded with two more goals of their own, both by Dylan who earned the hat trick. At the 60th minute Sloane found Knott moving into the box from the right. Dylan dribbled laterally across the box through traffic looking for his shot and then finding it from 12 yard out for his second goal. Knotts third goal of the night started when Alek Kowalick from his own half recognized the Royal Oak defense pushing unusually high and Dylan starting a run in behind them. Kowalick played a ball in behind the defense and into Knott’s path and four touches and 60 yards later it was 4-1, Adams.

And finally in the 70th minute it was Jake Parnell away on a breakaway who was fouled at the very edge of the 18 yard box. This set up a free kick from a very dangerous spot. Patrick Spike stepped up to take the restart feeling he had this one in him. The Royal Oak keeper and Spike are teammates during the club season and Spike felt this might give him an edge… and he made no mistake. It was a blistering shot, bent around the right side of the wall beyond the reach of the keeper and buried into the far side panel. Absolutely gorgeous.

And that would do it for the evening. A strong showing by every player and a very impressive team victory indicating the promise of a very entertaining season to come. Great job boys. Tomorrow we open league play with the Crosstown Showdown against Rochester.

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Monday, June 6


In conjunction with the certifed athletic athletic trainers and doctors from Crittenton Hospital, physical exams will once again be made available to students at the three high schools. Please call the RCS Administration Center at 248-726-3000, to schedule an appointment for one of the following dates:

  •  Tuesday, June 21: Rochester, 5-8pm
  •  Wednesday, June 22: Adams, 5-8pm
  •  Thursday, June 23: Stoney Creek, 5-8pm

Cost is $30.00 cash or check, payable to: Rochester Community Schools.

Revenues from the June 22 date at Adams will be split between the Adams Booster Club and athletic department, so schedule your physical today! All athletes are reminded they must have a physical dated after April 15, 2011 before they can practice.

The Crittenton Sport Rehabilitation Center, located on Squirrel Road, will offer physical exams and heart screenings on July 16 from 8am-Noon. Call 248-652-5900 to schedule an appointment. Cost is $30.00. Heart screenings will be free to those who paid on any of the previous three dates, but please make an appointment.

Tuesday, May 3
Varsity Team Update:

Thumbs Up

read—the best local coverage, bar noneAdams sweep tournament foes  

Adams varsity and JV teams traveled north to the thumb on Saturday for a six-hour marathon, and came away as winners of the round-robin Saginaw Heritage Invitational. Six games back-to-back, 25 minute halves, varsity & JV squads alternate each match.

Adams won its first game of the day over a tough Brighton side. Merlin Beckwith started the scoring off a feed from Brittany Buckler. Hannah Lee then registered a goal with an assist from Allison Reed, and Reed then took a turn scoring from a Mackenzie Barber assist.

The second match pitted Adams against tournament host Saginaw Heritage meeting for the first time in over five years. Adams scored the only goal in the 1st half (Reed/Barber), but Heritage drew level early in the second and hung on stubbornly as the Highlanders pushed for the go-ahead goal. With the tournament-shortened half just flying by, the contest seemed destined to end in a draw.

But these girls can never be counted out, and with a mere minute remaining Tiffany Buckler feathered a truly inspired ball from her own side of the field 25 yards forward perfectly into the unbroken stride of Mackenzie who timed her run exactly right. Once in behind the defense she went right at the keeper with pace, conviction and intent, wrong-footed her and then, cool and calm as you like, tuck the game winner home to finish off one of the prettiest sequences you could ever hope to see.

You could almost hear Mickey Redmond saying “bingo-bango-boingo, and that’s how she’s done, boy! This is no place for a nervous person!”

Varsity wrapped up their day making quick work of west Michigan opponent Rockford in the first ever meeting between these two schools. Ally Reed drew first blood off an assist by Julie Genow. Then Barber took over and built upon what she started earlier scoring a natural hat trick (Brittany Buckler, Kelsey Treanor & Hanna Lee with the respective assists) to put this one out of reach and beyond doubt.

Jessica Wineke recorded the shutout in the Brighton game, and combined with Lexi Lewandowski for the Rockford shutout. Lewandowski got the victory in net for Adams in the Heritage game. Adams are 8-1-2 on the season, 4-0-1 (OAA RED).


JV in their turn, not only swept but shut out their opponents, Brighton, Heritage and Ogema. Along with the JV squad, three players from the freshman team (Kari Lewis, Jenny Rosonke and Hanna Greib) earned a call-up for the tournament from coach Josh. Not only did they show well in contributing to the JV's success for the day, but each recorded at least one goal (2 goals and an assist for Lewis) making it a highlight day for the entire Adams program.

 Great job all the way 'round girls. Totally worth the trip.

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Thursday, May 6
Alumni Update: Bulldog For U

Hoyas will welcome seven freshmen to campus in the fall
featuring our very own Joey Dillon

Georgetown UniversityApril 19, 2010
The Georgetown University men’s soccer squad announced its incoming freshman class on Monday. The Hoyas will welcome seven freshmen and one transfer to a veteran team that earned a berth in the BIG EAST Tournament last season.

“We are very pleased with our incoming group of student-athletes. They will each bring something different to the table and they are all set up to succeed both on and off the field here at Georgetown,” said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. “We will return a veteran squad this fall, and this group will push for minutes and provide the depth needed to make a run in the NCAA Tournament. It will be one of the deepest and most talented team we’ve had, top to bottom, since we’ve been here on the Hilltop. Once again, my assistants Zach Samol and Josh Shapiro, did a fantastic job putting this group together.”

Keegan Carter comes to the Hilltop from Teaneck, N.J. The forward/midfielder was an all-state honoree at Paramus Catholic High School scoring 35 goals and tallying 37 assists in his four-year career. As a captain, he led Paramus to a pair to league titles. Carter was also a part of the New Jersey Olympic Development pool for two seasons and played at a Super Y League Select Camp. He played club soccer with FC Westchester Academy for two years after spending a number of seasons with the Teaneck Stingrays Soccer Club. Carter is also an accomplished track and field athlete who competed at the 2006 National Youth Junior Olympics as well as both the East Coast and Penn Relays. He is an Honor Roll student and volunteers as a basketball and soccer coach.

“Keegan has some real pace that will cause opponents trouble. He has a great work ethic and sense of responsibility to go along with his athleticism, which makes me very optimistic about his ability to get better and better,” said Wiese. “He’ll be taking summer classes here on campus, which should help him get a jump start on things.”

 Joey BulldogJoey Dillon is a midfielder/defender from Rochester Hills, Mich., who played at Rochester Adams High School and with his club team, Vardar Academy. In high school, he was a first team all-state honoree as a senior and an all-region, all-district, all-county and all-league selection in both 2008 and 2009. As the two-year team captain, his squad advanced to the state semifinals. With Vardar, Dillon was a two-year captain and a member of the state Olympic Development squad from 2002-2006. He was also a member of the National Honor Society.

“Joey caught my eye with his ability to think quickly and efficiently,” said Wiese. “He is a smart player that gets the job done game in and game out. He should be capable of playing anywhere across our back line or as a holding midfielder. We have a terrific player and an even better person coming to Georgetown in Joey.”

Ted Helfrich was a four-year letter winner in soccer at Marin Catholic High School scoring 14 goals as a center back. The Belvedere, Calif., native was a three-year first team all-league honoree and an all-state selection in high school. He played with the Cal North Olympic Development team and was a Region IV All-Star. His Super Y ODP squad also won the national championship. With his club team, Marin FC, Helfrich won the Nor Cal State Cup and scored the winning goal in the championship game. He is a member of the Dean’s List and the student government at Marin Catholic.

“Ted is a natural leader and has the potential to run a team from his center back position. I like his composure on the ball, and his range of passing back there,” said Wiese. “I was very impressed with his maturity during his official visit, and I know that he will be a great ambassador for the program.”


Steve Neumann is a talented midfielder from New Hope, Pa. He was an NSCAA Regional All-American and NSCAA All-State selection as a senior after leading Council Rock North High School to a 15-2-2 record. Neumann was also the Suburban One League Player of the Year and the Bucks County Courier Times’ Soccer Player of the Year. With the YMS Xplosion, he was a two-time state champ and led the squad to the No. 1 ranking in the nation by Neumann played on the state Olympic Development team for six seasons and has trained internationally.

“Steve has a lot of talent that his YMS coaches have done a great job cultivating. He sees the field really well and is one of the best passers in the country,” said Wiese. “He has the rare combination of being a playmaker that can also score goals coming out of the midfield. He also has a real toughness to his game and is going to be a lot of fun to coach.”


Gabe Padilla comes to Georgetown from Sacramento, Calif., and Jesuit High School which is considered one of the top high school teams in the nation. He is a left-footed player that could seem time at a number of positions after earning two varsity letters in soccer and one in track as a middle distance runner. At Jesuit, he led the squad in assists as a junior and was the Delta River League MVP as well as an all-region selection as a senior. He played club soccer with the California Development Academy. At Jesuit, he is a member of the Honor Roll and was a part of the Executive Council.

“Gabe is an out and out athlete. He is left footed and can play almost anywhere on the field for us. It will be interesting to see if he settles into a role that is more attacking or defending in nature once he is here. Regardless, his competitive nature will be contagious and we expect him to thrive in the BIG EAST,” said Wiese.

Keon Parsa is a goalkeeper coming to the Hilltop from West Hills, Calif. He was ranked No. 57 in’s Top 100 Players in the Class of 2010 and the No. 6 goalkeeper on the list. At El Camino Real High School, he earned varsity letters in both soccer and football and was named an NSCAA All-American in 2009. Parsa is a two-time first team all-league selection and was the 2009 Punter of the Year in football. He played club soccer with a number of different organizations, most recently Real So Cal. Parsa won the AP Scholar Award at El Camino Real and is a member of the National Honor Society.

“Keon is one of the most highly regarded goalkeepers in the nation and we’re happy to be able to entice him out of California,” said Wiese. “He is refined technically and plays the game with an experienced head. His great work ethic will fit right in with the returning corps of goalkeepers, and I feel he’ll raise the bar for everyone.”

Nick Van Hollen is a local product out of Kensington, Md., who played at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. The defender was a four-year letter winner and named All-Gazette First Team as a senior as well as an honorable mention all-state. Van Hollen was a three-time MVP and played with the Maryland Olympic Development squad for two seasons. His club team, Pachuca Internationals, won the Maryland State Cup in 2009 and was the US Club Soccer National Champions in 2007. Van Hollen is a member of the National Honor Society and has participated in overseas mission trips in both Kenya and Nicaragua.

“Nick is a great local talent. He is a tough, fearless leader and wins everything in the air. He will be a versatile player for us that can play as a holding midfielder or anywhere across the back. He’s another player that brings a winning mentality to the table and will compete hard on a daily basis,” said Wiese.

Junior Henry Tembon (London, England/The School at Church Farm) is already on campus after transferring to Georgetown from the University of Virginia and will join the Hoyas in the Fall of 2010 for his final season of NCAA eligibility.

Georgetown is finishing up its spring training, so far the Blue & Gray has been successful. After breaking for summer, the Hoyas will open training camp in August.

Varsity Team Update: 30 Apr 2011

Highlanders Bear Down
Adams 5 – Berkley 0
Goals: Allison Reed (Macy Houghtlin), Macy Houghtlin (Julie Genouw), Kelsey Treanore (Mackenzie Barber), Merlin Beckwith (Kylie Nylen), Shannon McDevitt (Allison Reed)

read—the best local coverage, bar none   Berkley unable to withstand Adams onslaught  

The Highlanders got back on the winning track Thursday, scoring an easy 5-0 victory over Berkley in which 8 different players tallied goals or assists.

After a slow offensive start, Adams got on the scoreboard in the 23rd minute when Allison Reed put away a Macy Houghtlin service. Houghtlin was the next to score, off an assist from Julie Genouw. Kelsey Treanore (from Mackenzie Barber), Merlin Beckwith (from Kylie Nylen), and Shannon McDevitt (recording her first high school goal) scored from a Reed assist.Adams defense was seldom challenged, and it and goalkeeper Jessica Wineke recorded its fourth shutout of the season. Adams stands 5-1-2 (4-0-1 OAA).

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Saturday, April 30
Freshman Team Update:

It's Not Easy Being Green 

Adams Frosh 6 – Lake Orion Frosh 0
Goals: Micala Kummer

Adams Frosh 6 – Groves Frosh 0
Goals: Hanna Grieb,Sarah Limb, Sarah Limb (Meghan Santella), Meghan Santella (Sarah Limb, Kari Lewis), Lauren Lowes, Micala Kummer (Meghan Santella)—Game accounts below.

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Green dragons Monday. Green falcons Wednesday. While it may be fashionable in today’s world to be green, to be going up against the Highlanders this season is not an envious position to be in.

Adams freshman continue to work, execute and win.

Monday the Highlanders hosted Lake Orion. As they have for most of the season, Adams dominated play holding the dragons shotless in the 1st half and allowing only three shots the entire match while crafting 16 shots of their own. Yet, despite that, all was not as comfortable as perhaps it ought to have been, because for all the possession and opportunity created over the course of the match, it was scoreless at half-time and only 1 of those 16 shots found its way to the back of the net. Micala Kumer’s lone goal a minute into the second half would end up being the difference.

It was a funny kind of win. The kind that felt like the correct result, but the kind where you know that one goofy bounce or inopportune break here or there and you could have let this one get away.


   Eight Is Enough 
The lesson Monday was clear, concise, inscribed in large friendly letters on its cover (tip of the hat to author Douglas Adams): “FINISH YOUR OPPORTUNITIES

Well, the lesson was not lost on these driven freshmen, and on Wednesday, it was the green-clad falcons of Grove High School who would be the unfortunate recipients of that lesson learned and brought to bear on the game field.

In nine minutes Adams had tallied their first 3 goals. At half time it was 6—0 and with the 8th goal scored 22 minutes into the 2nd half, the game was officially called. It was a thoroughly dominant performance once again, but only this time, there was no room left for questions, doubts or “what-ifs”.

Think green… but BE brown!

Great job girls.

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Tuesday, April 26
Varsity Team Update:

Colts Hang On  


read—the best local coverage, bar noneTroy gets the best of Adams this time around 
BY DAN STICKRADT SENIOR EDITOR dan.stickradt@northoaklandsports.

ROCHESTER HILLS — Looking at the big picture, the Troy-Rochester Adams girls soccer match Tuesday didn’t hold any major significance, other than two top-10 teams clashing in late April.

The two played their official OAA Red Division league game two weeks ago, which ended with a 1-1 draw, and left this match as just a non-league game between long-time state powers who have Final Four and perhaps state championship aspirations.

But the two did perhaps plant another seed in preparation for potential long postseason runs by opting to play each other a second time this season.

Second-ranked Troy won the battle this time around, 1-0, but coaching staffs on both sides are fully aware of the long-term benefits it could have on the respective programs come the postseason.

Adams, ranked fifth, reached the Division 1 state semifinals last season, with Troy bowing out in the D-1 regional finals.

“We talked about a model of consistency throughout the year and we wanted to make sure we didn’t let our foot off the gas,” said Troy coach Brian Zawislak, whose team upended Division 2 top-ranked Birmingham Marian one night earlier, 2-0. “Just keep going and we want to put our best product on the field and look for results.

“We (want to keep) going after it, regardless of our opponent, ” said Zawislak. “We want to put our best product on the field. We knew beforehand that we were going to play the strong schedule, so we wanted to prepare throughout the preseason, even back in January, with fitness. We were thinking about those things. We wanted to put ourselves up against the best.”

Held to only five shots in the first half, Troy (7-0-1) made one count with 19:04 to play in the first half. Nadine Bratu put the Colts in the lead when she was left open in the box following an Erin Wrubel cornerkick and laced a shot through traffic into the corner of the net from 15 yards out.

Troy sophomore Alison Holland made five saves for her team’s fourth shutout of the season, and the Colts defense held firm despite being on their heels for the entire second half.

Adams outshot Troy by a 11-5 margin, including 5-4 with shots on frame. Adams didn’t allow the Colts to attempt a single shot attempt in the second half, but simply could not net the equalizer.

“You can’t miss chances,” said Adams Aaron Donaghy, whose team suffered their first loss of the season. “You can’t miss when you have the shot. Not against Troy, because when they get the shot, they’re going to bury it like they did.”

Even with the wind at their backs in the second half, Adams struggled to find the back of the net. Mackenzie Barber, who misfired on a first-half breakaway, even missed an open-net cross from Merlin Beckwith with 20 minutes to play. Beckwith misfired on a couple of close-range chances in the game with shots just wide of the post.

Since the OAA went to two divisions in 2009 and teams only play divisional foes once in terms of the league standings, Adams and Troy still play the home-and-home series.

“I told the girls before the game that you sharpen steel on steel,” said Donaghy. “These are two good teams and you want to see how your teams are going to play. I’m sure they took the same attitude. These type of games are what you want to prepare them for districts or regionals. That kind of intensity, that kind of speed, (against) that kind of talent. We were using it to measure where our positions are at and where are ball movements are at.

“This will help us later on, playing this type of schedule.”

Jessica Wineke made three saves in the loss for Adams (5-1-2), including one off a shot by Irene Young where she back-peddled to punch a bending shot over the crossbar late in the first half that would have given the Colts a two-goal cushion.

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read—the best local coverage, bar noneState powers Adams and Troy play to draw 
By KEITH DUNLAPOf The Oakland PressPhoto credits/ Jose Juarez.

ROCHESTER HILLS — In the grand scheme of things, technically the last two games for the Troy girls soccer team meant about as much as attempting to keep ice cream solid by placing the carton in a sauna.

In other words, nothing.Neither one of Troy’s games with Birmingham Marian on Monday and Rochester Adams on Tuesday counted in the league standings, so very little was going to be accomplished or lost either way.But that didn’t stop Troy head coach Brian Zawislak from still wanting the best out of his team against two of the state’s top squads.

“We talked about a model of consistency throughout the year and we wanted to make sure we didn’t let our foot off the gas,” Zawislak said. “Just keep going and we want to put our best product on the field and look for results still.”

The results have been all positive for Troy thus far this year, as the Colts remained unbeaten on the year with a 1-0 win over Adams in the second meeting of the season between the two Oakland Activities Association Red Division heavyweights.

Since OAA Red teams only have one league game against each other, the 1-1 tie the teams played two weeks ago was the official league game.

The rematch was just a chance for each team to further test themselves against elite and familiar competition.

Troy entered ranked No. 2 in the state in Division 1, while Adams is No. 5.

“We knew early on that we were going to play this strong schedule,” Zawislak said. “We wanted to prepare throughout the preseason and even back in January during fitness, we were thinking about those things.”

Troy (7-0-1) was somewhat on its heels for the most of the first half even though it had the wind at its back.

Adams had several point-blank chances in the first half, but couldn’t finish.

Then Troy took advantage of its first big opportunity of the first half to net what turned out to be the game’s only goal.

Taking a corner-kick service from sophomore Erin Wrubel, Troy sophomore Nadine Bratu launched a perfect shot from about 20 yards out inside the far post to give the Colts a 1-0 lead with 19:04 remaining in the first.

Adams (4-1-2) did its best to battle back in the second half, and again had some near-misses in front of the goal.

But none of those chances from close range ended up in the back of the net for Adams, which ended up outshooting Troy, 11-5.

“You can’t miss chances,” Adams head coach Aaron Donaghy said. “You can’t miss when you have the shot. Not against Troy, because when they get the shot, they’re going to bury it like they did.”

Just like Troy however, Adams was happy to get another barometer for where its at playing another state-ranked team.

“I told the girls before the game that you sharpen steel on steel,” Donaghy said. “These are two good teams and you want to see how your teams are going to play. I’m sure they took the same attitude. These type of games are what you want to prepare them for (in advance) of districts or regionals. That kind of intensity, that kind of speed, that kind of talent. We were using it to measure where our positions are at and where are ball movements are at.”

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Thursday, April 21
Freshman Team Update:

Hungry Like The Wolf
Adams Frosh 6 - Clarkston Frosh 1
Goals: Hanna Grieb,Sarah Limb, Sarah Limb (Meghan Santella), Meghan Santella (Sarah Limb, Kari Lewis), Lauren Lowes, Micala Kummer (Meghan Santella)—Game account to follow.

read—the best local coverage, bar noneClarkston No Match For the Highlanders’ Barrage 
by KNUT deMUUR. Special to the Highlands Herald Star.





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Thursday, April 21
Varsity Team Update:

Bobcats Nipped
Goals: MacKenzie Barber(Merlinn Beckwith), Merlinn Beckwith, Merlinn Beckwith, —Game account to follow.

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Girls Soccer Roundup:  

ROCHESTER ADAMS 3, GRAND BLANC 2: Adams remained unbeaten Thursday, as Merlin Beckwith scored two goals in the second half and the Highlanders rallied for the non-conference win. Mackenzie Barber also scored, while Jessica Wineke and Lexie Lewandowski combined for four saves in the win for Adams.

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Also Played Tonight:
Adams JV 3 – Grand Blanc JV 0

Big Game. Adams host Troy Tuesday, 26 April JV 5:30; Varsity 7:00


 photos courtesy of Jeff Christiansen, Ken Swart & Ken Wineke. View Full Album HERE.

Thursday, April 21
Freshman Team Update:

Royal Oak Felled
Adams Frosh 4 - Royal Oak Frosh 0
Goals: Haley Argeros (Jenny Rosonke), Jenny Rosonke (Micala Kumer), Jenny Rosonke, Micala Kumer (Ally Hamzey)

read—the best local coverage, bar noneAdams Frosh Continue To Roll in Royal Oak 
by KNUT deMUUR. Special to the Highlands Herald Star.


ROYAL OAK—Adams irrepressible freshman did the job once again, dispatching the Royal Oak Ravens 4-0 with their increasingly familiar means of all-out assault on the opponent’s goal, production coming from every position and all up and down the roster, and precious little opportunity for the opponent to return the favor. The Highlanders recorded 17 shots and earned 9 corner kicks today as compared with the 3 shots and 2 corner kicks for the Ravens.

It started early and paid off early as a 4th minute corner kick resulted in a goal-front free for all. This time it was Haley Argeros hunting down the ball tallying her first goal of the season for the early lead. Although unable to mount much of an attack, Royal Oak proved tenacious in their own box despite continued action and it looked as though the half would end 1-0. But with mere seconds left, Micala Kumer caught the Ravens’ defense off-guard and played a perfectly timed ball in behind the restraining line where Jenny Rosonke was able to take the ball at full stride and bury her breakaway chance with only 1 and 1/10th seconds left in the half, also her first goal of the season.

At halftime the watchword was, once again, focus. The challenge: Do not get become complacent, do not let up. Do not allow a nearly beaten opponent back into the match. Or, to use my oft-used analogy: When you got your boot on the rattlesnake’s head, kill the rattlesnake. read—the best local coverage, bar none

And once again that’s what they did. Only 90 seconds into the second half it was Jenny providing an encore and scoring the killer third goal, a laser of a shot from about 18 yards out bent into the side netting. Micala Kummer finished off the scoring on the day with 16 minutes left in the match and your Highlanders boarded the bus for home with another very convincing and impressive win under their belt.

Next up: The Freshmen turn right back around later today and hit the road once again to face Clarkston. Parents please note the match location is Clarkston JUNIOR High, 6595 Waldon Road Clarkston, MI 48346 for you GPSers. NOT the high school.

OK, team, nice job. But that was yesterday, and Clarkston doesn't care about yesterday. Now it’s game faces back on.

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Wednesday, April 20
Triple Threat

Adams Frosh 5 - Stoney Creek Frosh 0
Adams JV 3 - Stoney Creek JV 0

In a rare triple-header schedule all three teams from cross-town rivals Adams and Stoney Creek faced off in a five hour marathon. At 4:00 the freshman teams kicked off at Stoney Creek High School. Then the action switched over to Highlander Stadium where the JV teams played at 5:30 and the varsity teams at 7:00. In the end, it was a big night for Adams soccer as all three teams fashioned shutouts against their Cougar counterparts for combined scores of 11-0.


Freshman Team Update: 
Road Warriors

Adams Frosh 5 - Stoney Creek Frosh 0
Goals: Caroline Kletzien (Jenny Rosonke), Kari Lewis (Hannah Grieb), Caroline Kletzien, Ally Hamzey, Sarah Limb (Maddie Dilley) –Game account below

read—the best local coverage, bar noneSecond Half Surge Seals The Deal 
by KNUT deMUUR. Special to the Highlands Herald Star

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Highlander freshman hit the road again this week for three away games. And while having a very strong opening week, admittedly Adams may also have been the beneficiaries kind turn of the scheduling fates, having faced two teams early on that have been struggling a bit. So stepping onto the field to face the 4-0 Cougars, at their field, the challenge was to not let one week’s success go to our heads and take this week’s opposition for granted.

The girls answered the challenge with great resolve and determination. As in previous matches Adams very much set the tone and dictated the pace of play. Adams kept creating opportunities and taking shots, but time after time we kept finding the keeper’s hands instead of the side netting. Finally in the 21st minute, Jenny Rosonke found Caroline Kletzien in behind defense and moving down the right flank. Caroline took a prep touch and then beat the keeper with an 18 yard strike to the far post to put the Higlanders on the board. The remainder of the half yielded another 4 shots but no more goals. Stoney nearly answered with about five minutes in the half with a counter attack breakaway, But goalkeeper Coleena Peng was quickly off her line to cut down the angle and then made the excellent point blank about 15 yards into the penalty area as the shooter made her attempt.

The topic of emphasis at halftime was, predictably, finishing our chances. One goal was not enough to show for 14 quality chances. And even thought we were severely limiting Stoney’s opportunities, (two 1st half shots), that late breakaway showed how fickle this game can be, and we were that close to walking out of that half with no lead at all.

The point was well taken as it took only six minutes for Hannah Grieb and Kari Lewis to connect for the insurance goal. Ten minutes later came the one-two punch for the knockout as Caroline and Ally Hamzey each scored only a minute apart. And then with 4 minutes left to play Sarah Limb wrapped it up with a bow getting on the end of a perfect free kick serve from Maddie Dilley who earns the assist for her birthday. Stoney, to their great credit, never packed it in and did cause another few anxious moments with long serves behind our defense and counter attack efforts. But again, your Highlanders were up to the task as Taylor Travnick, now in goal, thwarted the one attempt that did get through and resulted in the Cougars’ only second half shot. And on the other most dangerous looking threat it was Claire Sickon tracking down the attacker with amazing determination from behind and catching up with her just inside the penalty area to bust the play before the shot was ever taken.

So there it was. A very satisfying 5-0 victory. Good job.

Next up: Adams Frosh remain the road warriors as we travel Royal Oak High School Wednesday, 20 April. Bus leaves at 3:30. Game starts at 5:00. 

 photos courtesy of Laurie Dilley & Ryan Kumer. View Full Album HERE.


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JV Update: 
Adams JV Pounce on Cougar Miscues

Adams JV 3 - Stoney Creek JV 0
Goals: Lauren Finkelstine, Megan Ruedisueli, Consuela Yabetcha –Game account to follow (if somebody submits one)

 JV photos courtesy of Pablo Fraccarolli. View Full Album HERE.




Varsity Team Update: 
Cougars Clawless, Highlanders Flawless
Goals: Mackenzie Barber (Kylie Nylen), Kelsey Treanore (Ally Reed), Ally Reed, (Merlin Beckwith) –Oakland Press game account below


Adams had all the right moves this night Adams blanks Stoney Creek to stay unbeaten 
By MICHAEL WALLWORK Special to The Oakland Press. Photo credits/ KEN SWART.

Kylie Nylen of Rochester Adams and Maddie Lucci of Stoney Creek get tangled up during the first half. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED/KEN SWARTROCHESTER HILLS — The host Rochester Adams Highlanders picked up a 3-0 victory over their rivals from Stoney Creek in OAA Red girls soccer action Monday night.

Adams struck in the game's early moments when Kylie Nylen fired a long free kick into the penalty area and Mackenzie Barber finished the play, firing a one-time shot into the net to get the Highlanders on the board with less than five minutes gone.

Adams made it 2-0 when Ally Reed, who had a goal and an assist, played a cross through to a wide open Kelsey Treanore, who buried it in the open side of the net with 12:39 left in the half.

But the dominant figure on the night was Nylen. The defensive midfielder played a strong high-energy game, winning balls all over the field, and was a big reason why the Stoney Creek attack could only muster one shot on goal the whole game. MacKenzie Barber of Rochester Adams battles with Sydney Inscho of Stoney Creek. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED/KEN SWART

"I told her at halftime that this is the best she's played, " Adams coach Aaron Donaghy said. "She was all over the place. Even when she missed it, she would turn around and be right back on them."

Stoney Creek was able to make some adjustments as the game went on and were able to pressure the Highlanders for a while in the second half, but the young Cougars couldn't quite crack the Adams defense.

"It's a team with some young talent and some experienced older players, and it's just trying to get everyone to work and be on the same page," Cougar coach Bryan Mittelstadt said.

"I was impressed. They (Stoney Creek) moved the ball around in the second half and got their rhythm a bit," Donaghy said.

Hannah Lee tries to move past Stoney Creek defender Cierra Inscho. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED/KEN SWARTOverall, Mittelstadt viewed the game as a learning experience for his relatively young team.

"The effort is definitely there," he said. "We have to learn to play as a team. We have to learn to play together. We have learned from watching the big three in our division, and hopefully we can carry that forward and progress ourselves."

A particular bright spot for the Cougars was the play of freshman goalkeeper Halee Michael who had a strong game and made some key saves early to keep the Cougars close while they adjusted to the Highlanders' style of play.

For Adams, Donaghy was pleased not just to get a win against a cross-town rival, but also with the way his team went about securing that win.

"Everyone had a good game. When you move the ball around like that, everyone's got to be on," he said. "For me, we've always got to work together. We had three different goals from three different players. It was a solid team effort."

Stoney Creek is now 3-3 overall and 1-3 in OAA Red. Next up for the Cougars is a road trip to their other Rochester rivals, the Rochester Falcons on Thursday. The Highlanders, who improve to 3-0-2 overall and 3-0-1 in the OAA Red, have a non-conference matchup on Thursday when they travel to Grand Blanc.Merlin Beckwith of Rochester Adams tries to pull the ball away from Stoney Creek defender Lauren Bolhuis. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED/KEN SWART

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Clarkston at Clarkston High School, Tuesday, 14 April JV 5:30; Varsity 7:00


 photos courtesy of Jeff Christiansen, Ken Wineke. View Full Album HERE.

Friday, April 15
Freshman Love

Adams freshman team are 2-0 so far this season.Adams had all the right moves this night

Goals by: Hannah Grieb from Kari Lewis, Hannah Grieb from Macala Kumer, Macala Kumer, Lauren Lowes from Jenny Rosonke, Lauren Lowes from Jenny Rosonke (again), Meghan Santella from Hannah Grieb, Marie Szilard, Kari Lewis from Meghan Santella, Claire Sickon from Macala Kumer, Meghan Santella from Jenny Rosonke, Macala Kumer from Meghan Santella, Sarah Limb from Carly Prast, Ally Hamzey, Caroline Kletzien, and Kari Lewis from Meghan Santella,

 Yes, folks, that's just two games.

 While there are plenty of eyes on our varsity side—and rightly so—after a magnificent run last year and high hope for this year as well, your Highlander Freshmen are making plenty of noise of thier own.

 Having had to wait three weeks past the opening of the OAA season to finally get their first game in, the Frosh unleashed all that built up energy and anticipation this week and burst onto the scene like a tornado and caused just about as much havok among their first week opponents. 

Monday they opened the season against Troy Athen with a very convincing 7-0 home win. Two days later they traveled to cross-town rival Rochester and stepped it up even more (if that was even possible), soundly defeating the Falcons 8-0.

 Anchored by Haley Argeros in the center of defense and a back line that as allowed only 3 shots in two games, The Highlanders are moving the ball beautifully, as you can well imagine, and playing a game with great skill and flair and joy.

Hannah Grieb finishes the job The season is young and certainly nothing is to be taken for granted. There are excellent teams on our schedule that Adams will face and real challenges out there that will test us game-wise, guts-wise and character-wise.

 None the less, it is an amazing start to what could be a very special season, indeed. Come on out and see for yourself as it unfolds. 

We are Brown. We are Gold. 

Friday, April 15
Cry Wolf!


Goals: Merlinn Beckwith (Hannah Lee), MacKenzie Barber (Kelsey Treanore), Merlinn Beckwith (unassisted), Merlinn Beckwith (Hannah Lee), Kylie Nylen (Julie Genouw), Macy Houghtlin (Lauren Boyle); Game account below. 

Adams had all the right moves this nightAdams gets offensive on Clarkston 
By Dan Stickradt, Senior Editor

CLARKSTON — Rochester Adams is proving that it is not going to be easy to knock off as OAA Red Division girls soccer champions. The Highlanders are still unbeaten this year.

After winning the league title last season with only two seniors in the starting lineup, the Highlanders moved to (2)-0-2 on the year with an impressive 6-0 shutout of host Clarkston Thursday.The Wolves (0-2-2), which won the OAA White Division title last season with an unbeaten record (9-0-1) made the leap up the OAA-Red but were not match for Adams in this encounter. The Highlanders defeated Clarkston in last year’s district finals, 3-1.

Adams scored twice in the first half and tacked on four more wind-aided goals in the second half to remain atop the conference standings at (2)-0-1. The Highlanders tied Troy two days earlier and also have a non-league draw against Utica Eisenhower, another one of the state’s top teams.

Merlin Beckwith finished with the hat trick for Adams. Mackenzie Barber, Kylie Nylen and Macy Houghlin also tallied for the Highlanders. Jessica Wineke picked up her (second) shutout.

Clarkston is still winless in conference play at 0-2-2, with a loss to Rochester and ties against North Farmington and Lake Orion.

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Also Played Tonight:
Adams JV 3 - Clarkston JV 0

Trippple Header against cross-town rivals Stoney Creek, Monday, 18 April.

Freshman team plays at 4:00 AT STONEY;
then later at Highlander Stadium JV kick off at 5:30; Varsity 7:00.

Be there and Be Brown!


 photos courtesy of Jeff Christiansen, Ken Swart & Ken Wineke. View Full Album HERE.

Tuesday, April 12
Stubborn Colts


Goals: Merlin Beckwith (Ally Reed) Game account below. 

Adams had all the right moves this night    State powers Adams and Troy play to draw 
By SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN Special to The Oakland Press. Photo credits/ Jose Juarez.

Adams had all the right moves this night TROY — You would be hard-pressed to find two prep girls soccer teams in the area more evenly matched than Troy and Rochester Adams. On Tuesday night, the pair of Oakland Activities Association Red division powers showed just how close they are in terms of want, know-how and overall personnel by playing to a feverishly-contested 1-1 tie.

“With two teams like this, you’re really talking a matter of inches when you’re talking about which team is better,” Troy head coach Brian Zawislak said, following the game. “Tonight, nobody wanted to give an inch and each team played hard, which is what you would expect.”

Playing in their first home game of the season, the Colts wasted little time getting on the scoreboard and took a quick 1-0 lead less than two minutes into play on a goal by freshman Phylisha Drayton off an assist from sophomore Madison Hirsch.

Adams tied things up at the 29.53 mark of the second half courtesy of a score by junior Merlin Beckwith. Taking a pass in the left side of the box from teammate Allison Reed, Beckwith blasted the ball into the back of the net, making up for a short free kick a little over four minutes previous where she sailed it over the crossbar from almost the exact same spot. .Adams had all the right moves this night

Filled with college-level talented across both rosters, neither team has lost a game so far this year. Coming off a win over crosstown foe Troy Athens 10 days ago, the host-Colts are now 1-0-1. Ripping past Lake Orion in their last contest by a score of 4-1, the Highlanders go to 1-0-2, having tied their first game of the season as well.

Tuesday evening’s stat sheet told you all you needed to know about how tight things were throughout; Troy and Adams each registered nine shots on goal

Highlanders head coach Aaron Donaghy knows how small the difference is between these two squads.

‘We’re very equally matched on the field and it showed in the way this game was played,” he said. “Things ebbed and flowed both ways and each team showed their merit. The season is still early and we’re both still figuring some things out. It will be interesting to see what happens the next time we meet up.”

Last year, Donaghy spearheaded Adams into the state semifinals. Zawislak and the Colts won a district crown in 2010 before bowing to eventual state champion Novi in the regionals. In 2009, Troy made an appearance in the final four. Adams had all the right moves this night

Sophomore Allison Holland was in net for the Colts, making seven saves. Holland replaces all-state net-minder Victoria Triccoli, who graduated last spring and is now playing in college at Drexel.

Jessica Wineke, a returning starter in goal for the Highlanders, made six saves. Next year, Wineke will be playing in college at Ferris State.

Up next for Adams is a date with Clarkston Thursday on the road. The Colts get back to work on Thursday, too, facing off with Stoney Creek.Last Updated: 4/12/2011 10:24:58 PM EST



Also Played Tonight:
Adams JV 0 - Troy JV 1

Clarkston at Clarkston High School, Tuesday, 14 April JV 5:30; Varsity 7:00


 photos courtesy of Jeff Christiansen, Ken Swart & Ken Wineke. View Full Album HERE.

Friday, April 1
Dragons Find No Welcome in the Highlands


goals by Kelsey Treanore, Merlin Beckwith (Mackenzie Barber), Kylie Nylan, and Macy Houghtlin (Julie Genow). Game account below. 

Adams had all the right moves this night   Adams rallies behind injured teammate to rout Lake Orion 

Adams had all the right moves this night ROCHESTER HILLS — Any doubt that Rochester Adams was going to walk away from Thursday’s Oakland Activities Association Red Division girls soccer game with a convincing victory over host Lake Orion was erased a little less than 14 minutes into the second half when Adams lost starting goalie, Jessica Wineke, after a collision at the net.

Feeling their teammate was unnecessarily roughed up on the play, the Highlanders got mad and used their anger to bust open a contest that was still in question. Holding a 2-0 lead before the collision, Adams tacked on two more fast scores to fly past the Dragons in emphatic fashion, claiming a 4-0 win for the team’s first triumph of the season.

“I’m proud of how my girls responded to that play early in the second half where they took Jessica out of the game,” said Highlanders’ senior captain Macy Houghtlin. “We kept out composure and instead of losing our heads and getting frustrated with the chippy play, we used it as motivation to step on the accelerator and deliver the knockout blow.”

Less than 50 seconds after Wineke left the game, junior Kylie Nylen dribbled into the box and ripped a shot from about 15 feet into the left corner of Lake Orion’s goal, putting Adams in front 3-0. Houghtlin concluded the match’s scoring by notching a goal off an assist from Julie Genouw with 6:57 remaining.Adams had all the right moves this night

Wineke, also a senior, was named second team all-state last spring and is signed to play soccer in college at Ferris State. She is expected to be back in net for Adams next game in 10 days against Troy.

In Wineke’s absence, junior Lexi Lewandowski stepped into net and finished out the squad’s shutout. On the play she was injured on, Wineke was credited with the save, which came off a rebound from a Dragons free kick.

Kelsey Treanore registered the Highlanders first goal of the match by lacing a shot from 18 feet into the back right corner of the net midway through the first half. A few minutes later, junior midfielder Merlin Beckwith, scored a goal from practically the same exact spot.

Adams, which returns the bulk of its lineup from last year’s final four team, has numerous players on its roster headed to play at the college level. Besides Wineke, senior sweeper Brittany Buckler is signed with Indiana State and juniors Beckwith and Nylen are both verbally committed to Appalachin State and Western Michigan, respectively. Treanor, Genouw, Barber and Hannah Lee are all underclassmen on Adams roster starting to get looks from college recruiters as well.

“There are a lot of weapons on this team,” said Highlanders’ head coach Aaron Donaghy. “We play hard and have very few letdowns. This team has a love for the game of soccer and it shows in how well they play together on the field.”

Donaghy’s team out-shot Lake Orion 13-1 on Thursday. In it’s opener, Adams (1-0-1) fought to a 2-2 tie with Utica Eisenhower.Adams had all the right moves this night

Lake Orion’s effort was highlighted by junior Haley Barnes, who turned away eight shots in net for the Dragons. Last season, Lake Orion was 18-4-2. This year’s squad has the chore of replacing 12 seniors off that team. The Dragons dropped their season opener to Utica Eisenhower earlier in the week.

Ken Snage, the Dragons’ head coach, sees each game as a learning experience.

“We’re young and the start we’ve gotten off to speaks to that fact,” he said. “I see us getting better as the season progresses. The improvement we show from week to week will be our barometer of success this year. The more we play, the more we compete and get into the mix of things, the better off we’ll be.”



Also Played Tonight:
Adams JV 4 - Lake Orion JV 0

goals by Julia Rogers, Katie Milke, Syd (the Kid) Miller, and Amy Heidel (? not sure about that 4th goal... need help to confirm)

Come on folks. Somebody please step up to write about these games. This one was way too good not to have somebody write it up. Early chances missed, personal challenges answered, yellow cards, blood left on the field, final vidication... all the makings of a brilliant stroy.... and we're only two game into the season.

What a season it's going to be. What a shame not to capture it as it happens and to be able to look back on it once the story ends. How 'bout it? Who will be the JV Beat Reporter for 2011?


Easter Break (even though Easter is still three weeks away, but the school system in thier infinite wisdom have decided they know better), and then on the road to Troy, Tuesday, 12 April JV 5:30; Varsity 7:00


 photos courtesy of Jeff Christiansen, Ken Swart & Ken Wineke. View Full Album HERE.

Tuesday, March 29
Clash of Titans



clash of titansBy KEVIN LOZON of the Advisor & Source Newspapers

If you opened your season with a 2-2 tie against one of the top teams in the state, most coaches would probably be very happy with that result.

However, Eisenhower coach Mehrdad Nekoogar wasn't all too pleased with his Eagles' effort after tying visiting Rochester Adams 2-2 in the season-opening non-league match on Monday night.

"It was our first game and I would say for us it was very ugly," Nekoogar said. "We weren't ready at all to play Adams. However, I told them afterward that even when we played our worst game, we were still able to tie them."

Eisenhower took advantage of two Highlander miscues in the first half, which resulted in breakaway goals.

The Eagles opened the scoring when Sophie Maccagnone dribbled past a Rochester Adams player, breaking in alone on the goalkeeper and scoring from 20 yards out, giving Eisenhower a 1-0 lead with 32:37 left in the opening half.

"Sophie's an excellent player," Nekoogar said. "We're still experimenting different things with our lineup. We're trying to get a feeling of where everyone is going to fit in, but if you leave Sophie alone, she is going to kill you."

Adams answered with 19:26 left in the first half when Merlin Beckwith received a pass from Hanna Lee and booted a shot in, tying the game at 1-1.

Eisenhower regained the lead with 10:44 left before halftime when Aubrey Sudomier took a pass from Monika Lee, streaking in alone and scoring, giving the Eagles a 2-1 halftime lead.

"Even though we scored two goals, both were kind of on a breakaway," Nekoogar said. "I'm looking at it as who had possession of the ball more, and Adams definitely had more possession. That's how I look at it."

Neither team could muster much offense the first 20 minutes of the second half, but the Highlanders started applying more pressure as the game wore on.

Finally, with 7:09 left in the game, Adams' Mackenzie Barber scored off a pass from Lee, tying the game at 2-2.


click here to jump to OAA Red standings
After a three year hiatus, OAA Watch is back. Keep on top of the exciting 2010 season from the updated OAA WATCH website. Home and away schedules are available as well as standings updated after each round of play. Profrile pages are available for each of the old OAA 1 team (Adams, Athens, Lahser, Lake Orion, Rochester, Seaholm, Stoney Creek, & Troy). I'll try to get to newcomers North Farmington, Avondale & Berkley when I have a chance.

The old OAA Div.1 is now OAA Red and competition is as tight as ever. Every game is an event and every game is going to matter. Keep track of team records, results and standings from all matches as they happen.

This is shaping up to be another exciting year with powerhouse teams throughout the OAA Red, many of whom have a legitimate chance for very deep playoff runs.

Hold on to your seats. We're in for quite a ride... again.


Thursday, August 27
Since Mitch Album is unavailable...

If you are here, then no doubt, by now you’ve had a chance to browse team website and may have noted the archive of game accounts extending back to 2001.

For any of you shutterbugs or hidden writers/reporters out there gifted with the happy talent of composition or peculiar felicity of expression (apologies to John Adams & Thomas Jefferson), we would love have you share your talents and add to the legacy of proud and cherished Highlander memories.

 If you can contribute written game accounts for Varsity, JV or Freshman team games please contact me for admin access to the website. Multiple game accounts for the same game are fine with us, so don’t be shy and feel you can’t contribute because somebody else also is.

If you can contribute pictures for the photo albums, please touch base with Ken Wineke ( or Randall McAdory ( who have OUTSTANDING image archives extending back to 2004 and before. Any of the pics on the website news pages in the website for the last 5 years are mostly thanks to them! But those are only the tip of the iceberg. Their photo albums at smugmug and shutterfly contain hundreds more.

Thanks again to all of you parents for everything you do behind the scenes to make things work and enhance the season for these players. We coaches can’t ever say “thank you” enough for you to know how truly appreciated you are, but believe me, we know how lucky we are to have you. Your contributions and efforts are more significant and more highly appreciated than you can know.

Again, please call or drop a note if you need admin access to Varsity, JV or Frosh news pages.Thanks again all.

Coach Ken.



 Adams Soccer Rocks!  

Fergus on Tartan 2010 phone pic.jpg
Friday, June 11

Wednesday, March 23
2011 Girls Soccer Preview - players

clash of titans

By KEITH DUNLAP of The Oakland Press

Top 25 field players

1. Olivia Brannon, Troy Athens MF — One of the favorites to win the Miss Soccer award, Brannon is a dynamo who has signed with Virginia and is a member of the U.S. under-18 national team. The big question is whether she’ll be 100 percent after missing most of last season with a broken foot.

2. Nicki Caruso, Novi Sr. F — Should be one of the more feared offensive threats in the state her speed and dribbling ability. Named first team all-state last year, Caruso has signed with Michigan State.

3. Nikki Greenhalgh, Novi Sr. F — Signed with Wisconsin, Greenhalgh will team with Caruso to form one of the state’s best tandems up top.

4. Emily Dzik, Troy Sr. M — An all-state performer last year who has signed with Eastern Michigan, Dzik was the catalyst for Troy’s offensive attack last year with her ability to win balls in the air and distribute.

5. Kylie Nylen, Rochester Adams Jr. D — Had a stellar sophomore season that saw her earn second team all-state honors in Division 1.

6. Martha Stevens, Birmingham Marian Sr. M — Might have been the MVP for state champion Marian last year with her ability to shut down the opposition’s top player and the way she organized offensive attacks. She’s signed with Eastern Michigan.

7. Molli Krick, Novi Sr. M — With Caruso and Greenhalgh likely getting a lot of attention from opponents, that’ll only make the Eastern Michigan-bound Krick even more dangerous.

8. Marisa Kozikowski, Troy Athens Sr. D — A returning all-state player who will be the anchor in the backline for the Red Hawks. She’s signed with Eastern Michigan.

9. Leah Schmitz, Troy Athens Sr. M/F — Also signed with Eastern Michigan, Schmitz led Athens in scoring last season.

10. Merlin Beckwith, Rochester Adams Jr. M — Adams will understandably run its offense a lot through the supremely talented Beckwith, who does so many things for the Highlanders.

11. Irene Young, Troy Jr. F — Already committed to play in college in Louisville, Young will be a goal scorer to be reckoned with for the Colts.

12. Hallee Kansman, North Farmington Sr. D — Yet another area player who has signed with Eastern Michigan, Kansman will take over for Kelsey Shapiro as the playmaker on defense for the Raiders.

13. Meghan Topolewski, Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes Sr. F — Signed with Toledo, Topolewski should be one of the top offensive players in the county and in Division 4.

14. Sara Zawacki, Birmingham Marian Sr. D — Coming off a year where she was named honorable mention all-state in Division 2. She’s signed with Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

15. Katrina Stencel, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep Sr. D — Names third team all-state in Division 3 last season, the Oakland University-bound Stencel will be a big reason why Notre Dame Prep should be a factor in the Catholic League and in Division 3.

16. Elizabeth Tresnak, Birmingham Marian Sr. F — Signed with Moorehead State, Tresnak was named honorable mention all-state last year and should be one of the top strikers in the Catholic League.

17. Erin Ring, Birmingham Marian Sr. M — Opponents will have to worry about more than just Martha Stevens with Ring also around making plays in the middle of the field for the Mustangs. She’s signed with Oakland University.

18. Victoria Sollestre, Birmingham Marian Sr. D — If Marian wasn’t already loaded enough, add this player who has signed with Detroit Mercy to the collection of Division I college players.

19. Abbey Troy, Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes Sr. D — One of the many returnees for the defending Division 4 state champs, Troy will be a rock to rely on along the backline for the Lakers. She’s signed with Detroit Mercy.

20. Regina Nofs, Auburn Hills Avondale Sr. D — A four-year starter who along with goalie Andrea Strauss will make scoring against the Yellow Jackets a difficult task.

21. Brittany Buckler, Rochester Adams Sr. D — Another talented returnee for a stacked Adams team, Buckler will play in college at Indiana State and will be difficult for opposing forwards to get around.

22. Alleina Szydlowski, Birmingham Detroit Country Day Jr. M — Established herself as a prominent goal scorer and playmaker for the Yellowjackets last season and should only be better this year.

23. Shannon Inglis, Lake Orion Sr. F — Along with fellow three-year players Alyssa Wesley and Megan Malloy, Inglis will ensure the Dragons are a dangerous team offensively.

24. Jessica Nieman, Rochester Sr. D — A four-year starter who should be an anchor for the Falcons to rely on along the backline.

25. Arlyn Reed, Birmingham Detroit Country Day Fr. F — One of the state’s top freshman, Reed should make an immediate impact and is already being recruited by big-name college programs hoping for an early commitment.


Top 5 goalkeepers

Rachel Bergman (Jr.), Birmingham Detroit Country Day — Already committed to Northwestern, Bergman is the latest in a stellar line of goalies at Country Day.

Andrea Strauss (Sr.), Auburn Hills Avondale — Strauss was a rock for Avondale all season last year and a big reason Avondale took eventual state champion Marian to a shootout in districts. Named first team all-state in Division 2, Strauss had 12 shutouts and a .83 goals-against average.

Gabby Gauruder (Sr.), Novi — In helping lead Novi to the Division 1 state title last year, Gauruder had 18 shutouts and a .32 goals-against average. She’s signed with Michigan State.

Jenna O’Dell (Sr.), Troy Athens — A regional ODP player who has signed with Iowa State, O’Dell will give the Red Hawks quite a veteran presence in net.

Laura Ivezaj (Sr.), Rochester — Entering her third year as a varsity starter, Ivezaj has signed with Saginaw Valley State.Last Updated: 3/23/2011 8:07:43 PM EST 


Wednesday, March 23
2011 Girls Soccer Preview

clash of titans

By KEITH DUNLAP of The Oakland Press

Coming off a season where Oakland County teams won state titles in three of the four divisions for girls soccer, one might think it’d be really hard to top that this spring.

Actually, not really.

With each of those defending state champions, Novi, Birmingham Marian and Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes/Clarkston Everest Collegiate returning a good core from last year’s squads, and the usual horde of college-bound players on those teams and on others, look for plenty of championship hardware to be taken home once again by area teams in June.

As for who has the best chances of doing so, here’s a look at the top 10 girls soccer teams in the county entering the season.

1. Rochester Adams — There weren’t a lot of expectations last year for the Highlanders given they had such a young roster, but that didn’t prevent them from advancing all the way to a Division 1 state semifinal, where they lost to eventual state champion Novi, 1-0. All that occurred even though Adams in the district round lost two key players for the season to injury, M Hanna Lee and F Mackenzie Barber.

Lee is now a junior and Barber a sophomore, and both are healthy going into this season.

Overall, nine starters return.

Also back is junior D Kylie Nylen, a second team all-state player, senior GK Jessica Wineke, senior D Brittany Buckler and junior M Merlin Beckwith, a do-it-all playmaker in the middle.

Those are the core players, but there seemingly are countless others Adams can throw in to plug any other holes or add depth.

“They’re all great kids,” Adams head coach Aaron Donaghy said. “I’m real pleased with all of them.”

2. Birmingham Marian — If it weren’t bad enough for opponents that Marian has won the last two Division 2 state championships and four since 2003, the Mustangs are a good bet to win three in a row with 10 starters returning from last year’s title-winning squad.

College-bound players litter the Marian lineup, including midfielders Erin Ring (Oakland University), Martha Stevens (Eastern Michigan), Sara Zawacki (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), defender Victoria Sollestre (Detroit Mercy) and forward Elizabeth Tresnak (Moorehead State).

Barring multiple injuries, Marian will once again enter the state tournament as the team to beat in Division 2.

3. Troy Athens — Look for Athens to be its usual strong self, especially if senior Miss Soccer candidate Olivia Brannon is fully healthy and can contribute. The Virginia-bound midfielder and member of the U.S. under-18 national team missed most of last season with a broken foot. Eight other starters return besides Brannon, most notably senior M/D Marisa Kozikowski, who has signed with Eastern Michigan, senior GK Jenna O’Dell, who will play in college at Iowa State, senior F/M Leah Schmitz, the team’s leading scorer from last year who has signed with Eastern Michigan, senior F Haley Svircina, who has signed with Indiana Wesleyan, and sophomore M Liz Abro.

4. Novi — The Wildcats annually are one of the area’s top teams, but not even Brian O’Leary could’ve expected what took place last year. Novi wasn’t thought of as a state-title contender going into the playoffs, but the Wildcats all of a sudden kept winning close game after close game and ultimately won its fourth Division 1 state title in six years with a 2-1 overtime win over Plymouth in the final. So once again cast in the role of defending state champions, the Wildcats have the ability to repeat with a typical talented bunch returning.

Eight starters are back, including senior all-state F Michigan State-bound Nicki Caruso, senior F Nikki Greenhalgh, who has signed with Wisconsin, and senior goalie Gabby Gauruder, who had 18 shutouts last season and has signed with Michigan State. Senior M Molli Krick, who has signed with Eastern Michigan, also is back. If there’s a concern, it’s in backline, where three starting defenders will have to be replaced.

5. Troy — State semifinalists two years ago in Division 1, the Colts have the ability to make another deep run in the state tournament with eight starters returning. Troy features two returning all-state players, senior M Emily Dzik and junior Irene Young. Dzik has signed with Eastern Michigan, while Young has already committed to Louisville. Troy has a stalwart returnee on defense as well in senior Erin Farley, while sophomore Alison Holland should be a capable replacement in goal for the graduated Victoria Troccoli, who was first team all-state last season.

6. Birmingham Detroit Country Day — With a roster full of talented players who are not seniors, it’s safe to assume Country Day will be as loaded as anybody next year. But before looking ahead to 2012, look for Country Day to be a state title contender once again in Division 3 this spring. Country Day has one of the state’s top goalies in junior Rachel Bergman, who has already given a verbal commitment to Northwestern, junior M Alleina Szydlowski was a top offensive player last season as a sophomore, and senior Maggie Keiffer will provide veteran leadership on defense. At forward, Country Day will feature one of the top freshman in the state, Arlyn Reed, who is already being heavily courted by college programs. Sophomore CM Haley Verbeek and sophomore F Leah Hill will also be important contributors.

7. Lake Orion — The Dragons are a good team year in and year out in the loaded OAA Red, but they simply haven’t been able to get over the hump in the state playoffs and get to the semifinals or finals. Lake Orion hopes to change that this year behind senior F Shannon Inglis, senior F Megan Malloy, senior D Alyssa Wesley. Those will be the senior standouts, but they’ll have plenty of help with juniors Katy Wagner and Maddie Hutchison and sophomore Hannah Kish back in the midfield and juniors Dana Schrauben and Katie Rohlfs returning on defense.

8. Auburn Hills Avondale — Scoring goals won’t be the easiest thing for opponents to do against the Yellow Jackets, who return their entire backline. It would be hard enough for teams to score on senior Andrea Strauss, an all-state goalie last year who is a brick wall net. But add the fact Avondale returns defenders Regina Nofs, Rachel Sonego, Lauren Kroninger and Alyssa Johns, and one can understand why goal prevention will be a strength. Seniors Xiadani Ruis and Kelsey Wilson and junior Jessica Angell will patrol the midfield. Offense could be a problem for Avondale since it is so young up top. Given that, sophomore Jessica Creech and a pair of freshman, Maddie Duncan and Alyssa Chapman, will be asked to mature fast.

9. Rochester — The Falcons have fielded stronger teams on paper in the past, but that doesn’t mean this year’s group won’t have success and be a hard team to play against. Rochester is solid in goal with senior and Saginaw Valley State-bound Laura Ivezaj patrolling the net, senior D Jessica Nieman is a four-year starter who will play in college at South Dakota and Sara Sikorski is a midfielder who will play at Ferris State. Other important players for head coach Todd Heugh will be senior F Riayanne Williams, junior D McKenzie Chilcote, sophomore M Jennifer Goethals and sophomore M Madeline Chilcote.

10. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes/Clarkston Everest Collegiate — If the Lakers can handle the much bigger bull’s-eye that’s on their back this year, there’s no reason to think they can’t repeat as state champions in Division 4. Only one regular was lost from last year’s surprise title-winning team that’ll be as balanced as anyone in Division 4. Senior M Megan Topolewski has signed with Toledo and senior D Abbey Troy has signed with Detroit Mercy to give the Lakers two Division I college players. Sophomore F Ava Doetsch is coming off an outstanding freshman season, and she’ll be joined up top by senior F Chantelle Ludwig and sophomore F Jessica Parry. In addition, Ludwig expects significant contributions from he said will be an impactful freshman class.

Five others to watch (in alphabetical order)

Bloomfield Hills Lahser, Madison Heights Bishop Foley, North Farmington, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, Stoney CreekLast Updated: 3/23/2011 8:10:01 PM EST 

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