Rochester Adams Highlanders: ... 2010

Wednesday, January 12


Thursday, April 1
Irish Eyes Not Smiling

The Adams girls kicked off the 2010 season with a resounding 4-0 victory over Notre Dame Prep. The first goal of the game — and the season — was scored by Kelsey Treanore off of a corner kick by Hannah Lee. Adams controlled the run of play throughout the half with possession, ball movement and a persistent attack. But the NDP keeper put in a very strong performance, and the Irish defense came to the rescue when need as well, twice saving goal-bound balls off the goal-line that had beaten the keeper. So it was a 1-0 lead that Adams took into halftime.

The persistence and relentlessness of the Highlanders’ pressure proved too much in the end early into the second half, finally broke the Notre Dame defense. Ever the opportunist, Treanore made the Irish pay for a rebound off a Kiley Nylen rocket just 5 minutes into the half. In the next ten minutes, both Nylen and Merlinn Beckwith would score unassisted goals to seal the affair.

Defense for Adams was rock solid all game long, allowing a mere two shots all night, and junior Jessica Wineke earns the shutout.


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

also played tonight:

Monday, 12 Apr. Adams Freshman team host Stoney Creek H.S. Game-Time 4:00.
Tuesday, 13 Apr. Adams host North Farmington HS. JV 5:30; Varsity 7:00



Saturday, April 10
2010 Freshman Team Schedule (Updated 10 April)

Schedules are now posted on the schedule page of the website. Below is a rundown of the freshman team schedule. All players are expected to take the team bus both to and from games, with the obvious exception of drop-off only matches. For away games, be to the school at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time. For drop-off only please be certain you have a ride back home.

Soccer Schedule - Girls Freshman

                    Opponent          Loc. Bus Depart               Game Time
Monday     04/12/10 Stoney Creek      Away 3:00PM DROP-OFF ONLY      4:00PM
Wednesday  04/14/10 Groves            Away 2:50PM                    4:00PM
Monday     04/19/10 Rochester         Home                           5:00PM
Wednesday  04/21/10 Athens            Away 4:00PM                    5:00PM
Saturday   04/24/10 Grand Blanc       Home                          10:00AM
Monday     04/26/10 Lake Orion        Away 4:00PM DROP-OFF ONLY      5:00PM
Wednesday  04/28/10 Troy              Away 3:45PM                    5:00PM
Friday     04/30/10 Romeo             Home                           5:00PM
Monday     05/03/10 Royal Oak         Away 3:40PM                    5:00PM
Wednesday  05/05/10 Clarkston         Away 3:50PM                    5:00PM
Wednesday  05/12/10 Seaholm           Away                            TBD 
Friday     05/14/10 Athens            Home                           5:00PM
Monday     05/17/10 Rochester         Away 3:45PM DROP-OFF ONLY      4:30PM
Wednesday  05/19/10 Troy              Home                           7:00PM
Friday     05/21/10 Stoney Creek      Home                           5:00PM
Tuesday    05/25/10 Groves            Home                           5:00PM

Tuesday, April 13
Freshman Team Update:
Team Possession Key in Highlanders Season Opener Victory
Adams Freshman Team 2 – Stoney Creek Freshman Team 0,

Adams Freshmen open the season with a very strong showing against Cross-town rival Stoney Creek. Possession was the key feature of this match as the Highlanders held the play in the Cougars’ half of the field for much of the match.

Adams Soccer Rocks! Scoring opened up 15 minutes into the game as Katie Milke finished from the left flank with a low driven ball beating the keeper to the near post. Later in the half, Julia Rogers displayed a true competitor’s determination in tracking and hunting down an aerial ball and heading it over the oncoming keeper to tally goal number two.

That was the end of the scoring for the day, but Adams remained in the attacking third and applied pressure all through the match and emerged with quite a convincing victory.

Adams defense were simply brilliant as the Cougars only ever reached the penalty area twice all match long. Keala Sakorifis, Lea Wampler, Kirsten Lamkin and Olivia Barth stood as a virtual fortress along the back line and Kaela Bromund in goal earned the shutout.

What a great job girls. Just a magnificent outing from warm-up to whistle. Now you've set your own standard. Keep the focus and let us strive to meet and exceed this standard every match... every half... every shift.

Tuesday, 13 Apr. Adams varsity & JV host North Farmington HS. JV 5:30; Varsity 7:00 Wednesday, 14 Apr. Adams Frosh travel to Birmingham Groves HS. 4:00


“Good seasons start with good beginnings.” — Sparky Anderson


 photos courtesy of Jon Barth. View Full Album HERE.


Thursday, April 15
Freshman Team Update:

Highlanders Pick Off Groves
Adams Frosh 2 - Groves 0

 Adams Soccer Rocks!  


 photos courtesy of Jon Barth. View Full Album HERE.


Thursday, April 15
Raiders Repelled


2nd Half comeback brings Adams to 2-0 on the young season.Adams Soccer Rocks!

  Despite finding themselves down a goal at halftime, the Highlanders continued their strong play and rallied to defeat North Farmington, 2-1. More than halfway through the second half, Adams got on the board with a corner kick from Hannah Lee that was deposited into the net by Ashley Springer.

Adams applied relentless pressure, and within minutes took the lead on a long run by Kylie Nylen into the penalty area, with a perfect pass to a trailing Merlin Beckwith for the winning goal.  




Also played tonight:
Adams JV 4 - North Farmington 0 



 photos courtesy of Ken Wineke. View Full Album HERE.


Friday, April 16
No Sting: Highlanders Shut Down Yellowjackets


Adams Soccer Rocks!

  Adams continued its winning ways Thursday, defeating Avondale 1-0 in conference play.The Highlanders dominated possession the entire game, despite recording just one goal. Allison Reed assist

ed Julie Genouw to get Adams the only goal it would need for the evening.

The Adams defense of Brittany Campbell, Brittany Buckler, Lauren Boyle, Macy Houghtlin, and Maddy Christensen, along with GK Jessica Wineke, have recorded 2 shutouts and just 1 goal-against on the young season.

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


Adams JV 4 - Avondale JV 0




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Saturday, April 17
Troy uses wind to advantage in 3-0 shutout of Adams


ROCHESTER HILLS — Troy learned quickly Friday that the elements would not allow for a typical possession game of soccer. So the Colts changed their style for one night and it paid off.

Playing a combination of short passes and long, direct through balls, Troy eventually made use of the bitter cold and windy conditions and poured on three second-half goals on host Rochester Adams in a 3-0 girls soccer victory.

The two teams, both members of the OAA Red Division, agreed to play each other in an early-season non-league game even though teams in the league only play each other once in the divisional standings. The two hook up for a league game next month.

While the rematch might be better attuned for traditional soccer, the Colts had to make due Friday, when a southern-bound wind wreaked havoc throughout the match.

With the wind it their faces, the Colts weathered the gails more suitable for Lake Superior in the winter to go into the break in a 0-0 deadlock. In the second half, Troy outshot Adams 6-2 and scored on three of those attempts.

“I thought at halftime, going in 0-0, that we did a good job,” said Troy coach Brian Zawislak. “We talked about it half and said anywhere from 40 (yards), go ahead and (shoot) it. The ball really got up into the wind.”

Troy’s Erin Wrubel gave the Colts the lead for good when she scooped up a loose ball and lofted a high shot into the win that curled inside the far post with 27:02 to play.

Kelsey Horbach set up the second goal, threading the needle with a through pass to a racing Emily Dzik, who laced a shot from 10 yards out with 14:32 left that snuck past Adams goalkeeper Jessica Wineke.

Troy capped the scoring when Madeline Wideman’s free kick from 40 yards out with 9:34 left sailed high into the wind and swirled into the corner of the goal. That shot took the wind out of any comeback plans the Highlanders might have entertained.

“What we told them at the half that we wanted them to play short to the feet, and play to the wings,” said Adams coach Aaron Donaghy. “They started to play long, more direct with the wind. We tried to do that back and we couldn’t do that into the wind. Our attack always came from the outside. We just didn’t do what we were supposed to do. In the first half, we were possessing the ball fine.

“They were definitely packing the middle, and our strength is the middle, so we were really having a battle,” continued Donaghy. “Outside of the 18 we knew where we needed to get it, we just couldn’t get it in there.”

Victoria Troccolli and Allison Holland shared the shutout for Troy (5-0-0), combining for two saves. The Highlanders simply found the Colts’ backline a tough nut to crack.

“We took advantage of some shots in the wind. That helped,” said Zawislak. “I thought the biggest thing today was we were really well organized in the back. We didn’t allow them to have many opportunities.”

Troy outshot Adams 9-2, including 7-2 with shots directly on goal.

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Also played tonight:




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


Tuesday, April 20
Freshman Team Update:

This Land is High-Land
Adams Frosh 5 - Rochester Frosh 0

 Eyes on the Prize  Three weeks into the season the Adams freshman team finally got to play their home opener last night against cross-town rival Rochester. 

Despite the zoo that is the stadium grounds before a freshman match, the Highlanders came out focused and ready to play. When a feather fell clear out of the sky and landed on Julia at the end of warm-up, the team decided that must be a Falcon feather that got shot down and that it would be the first of many this night.

The first few minutes of the game were a bit of a feeling out process, but just a few minutes in, you could see Adams settling into the familiar rhythm that has distinguished them thus far in this young season.

  Several opportunities, several near misses, but more and more it seemed more a matter of "when" that first goal would come than "if". Olivia Barth provided the answer in the 18th minute slotting a ball from the keeper's right to the side panel. Daniela Boville and Erica Adams put some distance between the Falcons and their comeback hopes taking the Highlanders into a 3-0 halftime lead.

 At halftime the team were reminded that when you have your boot on the rattlesnake's head, you kill the rattlesnake." It's a phrase they've all heard countless times from me... but that's because it's true. The watchword was "finish". As in "finish your chances". "Finish the job".  

 And Finish they did. Ten minutes into the second half, Olivia scored her second of the day. Katie Milke extended her goal-scoring run to capped off the day, having now scored in each of Adams' three matches.

Once again, defense and goalkeeping were rock solid, allowing the full side to concentrate on creating chances and opportunities rather than thwart them. 

 Great  job girls. You are crafting quite a special season for yourselves. Keep the focus, keep the hunger, and keep up the work rate you've shown all season and it will be something truly special indeed.


 photos courtesy of Molly Barth. View Full Album HERE.


Wednesday, April 21
Adams prevail over a very game Lahser side


Adams Soccer Rocks! It was an evening chock full of chances for the Highlanders. And among rings, dings, posts, crossbars, near-misses and some outstanding play by the Lahser goalkeeper, Adams were able to tally two first-half goals and that would prove enough to secure the win.

 Lahser, already beleaguered with injuries, were dealt another cruel blow this week with the loss on senior standout Anna Zambricki. And given the circumstance, the Knights did well to weather as much of the storm as they did.

Adams first goal came directly off a  the Hanna Lee corner kick as Ally Reed tracked the ball in the far post slot and drove the header home decisively. Quite a lovely play. Later with seven seconds left in the half, it was Reed again in a very congestied six yard box, half weaving and half plowing her way through to a second goal that she would not be denied.

 Adams would continue to move the ball well and craft more chances and through the second half, but the scoring was finished for the day. Jessica Wineke records her third shutout as Adams advance to 4-1. 


Also Played Tonight:
ADAMS JV 7 - Lahser JV 0


Up Next:
Adams travel to Lake Orion Thursday. JV 5:30, Varsity 7:00
Grand Blanc come to visit Saturday, 24 April for our annual Triple-Header. Freshman team 10:00am; JV 12:00; Varsity 2:00 (which usually means the thunderstorm will begin at 1:45). 

Get your Brown on and Get on out to the stadium. 


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


Thursday, April 22
Freshman Team Update:

YOU SHALL NOT PASS: Athens Red Hawks Denied
Adams Frosh 4 - Athens Frosh 0

 Eyes on the Prize  Adams Frosh played the road warriors again Wednesday traveling to Troy Athens and coming home with another impressive victory. 

Olivia Barth drew first blood early on. Beating her defender on the left flank, she attacked goal with Emily Lane-Water supporting her with a strong far-post run. Faking the pass, she wrong-footed the keeper and then slotted the ball home to the near post. The second goal came amidst a flurry of activity in the box following a corner kick. You girls are going to have to let me know who scored it because I couldn't tell from the bench and the referee credited it to our goalkeeper. But it was a very good job in controlling the chaos with good box organization.

With 90 seconds left in the half, I commented to the girls on the bench, “I’d sure like to get that 3rd goal before the half. That would be the back-breaker for Athens”. With 30 seconds left, Olivia delivered with her second goal of the game.

Taking advantage of a newly freshened wind, Adams continued to dominated ball-possession and kept play in the Red Hawks end most of the half. Katie Milke capped of the day’s scoring with 10 minutes left in the contest.

The Adams defense turned in another flawless effort proving too much for the Red Hawks attack. Daniela Boville and Keyla Bromund, splitting goalkeeper duties, shared the shutout. Unfortunately, the satisfaction of the victory is greatly nullified as the day ended on a costly low note. With about two minutes left in the contest, Julia Rogers went down suffering what appears to be an Achilles injury. Prognosis is not yet certain, but she will be out for a while for sure. We love you Jules. Get well soon!

Girls, what can I say? Another fantastic outing. And just a little bit more special for me because my own mom came out to watch the game. You guys think I’M proud of you?… you should have heard her after the game. You’ve created an fan for life for sure! And thanks for going over to say Hi to her after the game. That was very sweet and she loved it. Great job. Now let’s focus on Saturday.


Next up:
Adams Freshmen will open up our annual tripple-header against Grand Blanc. This year the Bobcats come down to visit us. 10:00am, Saturday 24 April at Highlander Stadium. JV and Varsity games to follow.

 photos courtesy of Jon Barth. View Full Album HERE.


Friday, April 23
How To Tame Your Dragon


Goals by Mackenzie Barber (Merlinn Beckwith) and Kelsey Traenor (Ally Reed). Game account below. 

Adams had all the right moves this night

  Second-half flurry lifts Adams to key soccer win at Lake Orion 
By ADAM MING Special to The Oakland Press

LAKE ORION — Rochester Adams scored twice in the second half to hand Lake Orion it’s second home loss of the week, as the Highlanders recorded a 2-0 win over the Dragons in an Oakland Activities Association Red Division girls soccer game.

 Jenna Brown rides her dragon  After a defensive gridlock during the first half, freshman Mackenzie Barber scored early in the second half on a short shot from the front of Lake Orion’s net to give the Highlanders a 1-0 lead.

“I just worked hard on getting to Merlin [Beckwith]’s ball near the goal and I was able to score,” Barber said.

Barber is just one of nine underclassman on the Adams (5-1) varsity team.

“It’s really challenging to play at this level and I’m just trying to keep getting better and learn more every game,” she said. “Playing with the older girls really helps and I think the team is going to do well and we’ll keep growing.”

Adams head coach Aaron Donaghy hopes that’s the case also.

“We’re a young team—very talented, but very young,” Donaghy said. “Once our girls settled down after the first half and saw that we could play with these girls on Lake Orion we got going. Defensively, we played phenomenally and the same to Lake Orion. Both teams did a great job on the defense tonight.”

Lake Orion (7-2) fought to get back in the game but with just under seven minutes left in the game, but Adams scored again.

Sophomore Kelsey Treanore scored on a goal from close range on a pass from Allison Reed.

Lake Orion hadn’t registered a shot the entire second half and the second goal seemed to deflate their offense completely.

“Defensively we played really good, we had some great chances but it just didn’t work for us,” Lake Orion coach Ken Snage said. “Adams made good on their chances tonight and that was the difference.”

Lake Orion and Rochester Adams have always had a good rivalry and tonight’s defensive match was no different. Both teams played smart and safe defensively and gave up very few quality chances.

“We’re both terrific teams and today’s game was going to be decided by who could break the other team’s defense first,” Donaghy said. “We had some nice chances and a couple of breakaways and just found a way.

The Dragons also lost at home on Tuesday to Troy by the same 2-0 score.

“Any team on any night in this league has a chance to win,” Snage said. “We need to keep developing our depth. We’re a young team and we’ve got some injuries that we’re working through so some of our players aren’t quite on the same page as we’d like.”


Also Played Tonight:
Adams JV 2 - Lake Orion JV 0

Next Up:
Adams host Grand Blanc Saturday 24 April. Frosh 10:00; JV 11:30; Varsity 1:15


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


Sunday, April 25
Cat Fight


Adams had all the right moves this night Lee's penalty kick helps Adams salvage tie with Grand Blanc
By MICHAEL WALLWORK Special to The Oakland Press

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Grand Blanc Bobcats and Rochester Adams Highlanders played to a physical 1-1 draw on a grey Saturday afternoon in a non-league girls soccer game.

 Fight for every inch  The Bobcats would use their size and physical play to get the better of the first half, and it paid off midway through as Grand Blanc opened the scoring.

Jenna Fraser's free kick from the left corner was met by the head of Tayler Ward, who redirected the ball perfectly into the net at the 14:25 mark of the first half.

“The first half was much better for than the second half for us,” Bobcat head coach Greg Kehler said after the game. “I thought we kinda lost control in the midfield in the second half but credit them (Adams) for that.”

Part of the reason for Grand Blanc’s second half struggles was an adjustment Rochester Adams coach Aaron Donaghy made at halftime, assigning senior captain Ashley Springer to mark Ward one on one.

Springer played an outstanding second half and largely took Ward out of the attack, and without her Grand Blanc attack struggled to generate shots.

“I think she did a brilliant job, “ Donaghy said of Springer after the game.

While Grand Blanc’s attack fizzled, the Highlanders found theirs.

With central midfielder Hannah Lee coordinating the attack, the Highlanders began to create steady pressure, and in a physical game such as this, a penalty kick seemed almost destined to happen.

When the referee awarded a penalty kick to Adams ten minutes into the second half, it was Lee who stepped up and coolly buried it to tie the score.

Despite the consistent pressure, Adams was unable to score again, however, as the Bobcats’ back line, led by captain Ava Peera, time and again was able to make the crucial plays around the penalty box to break up Highlander attack at the last minute.

After the game, both coaches were happy to get a game in against tough competition.

“It was kinda back and forth, example of a friendly,” Kehler said after the game. “It was a little intense at times, but we always like coming down here because it’s such a good league, and they have good teams down here, and it makes us better.”

Donaghy was also very pleased with the way his team handle the Bobcats’ physical play.

“I’m real proud of them,” he said of his Highlanders.

The draw leaves Grand Blanc unbeaten at 5-0-1 Rochester Adams is now 5-1-1 heading into their showdown with Troy Athens on Tuesday night.


Also Played Today:

Next Up:
Adams host Troy Athens. Tuesday 27 April at Highlander Stadium. JV 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

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

Sunday, April 25
Freshman Team Update:
Grand Blanc Blanked
Adams Frosh 1 - Grand Blanc Frosh 0

A very tight, strong, well played match on both sides… one of those that could have ended either way.

 Eyes on the PrizeBut your Highlanders kept focus every moment of the match and beautifully applied that fine balance between patience and pressure. All throughout the match Adams seemed to have ever so slight an advantage. Whaereas Adams would find their moments and penetrate into the opponents’ box and find a strong shot on goal…, when the Bobcats would create a chance, Adams would always seem to prevent it from becoming a great chance. Grand Blanc’s keeper would be called upon several times throughout the match to come up huge. Adams defense mostly would derail that Bobcat attack before it became a crisis-level opportunity, and those balls that would find their way to goal were alertly handled by goalkeeper Kayla Bromund.

Even with the game winding down, it remained a very workmanlike performance. And then with a mere six minutes left in the contest, the discipline paid off. Lauren "Crossbar" Finklestine was resting on the bench and bouncing around like a jumping bean for another chance to get into the match. I finally unleashed her with the explicit instructions of “get a body part on the ball and get it on frame” she took up her position and found her chance. A lovely ball played in from the midfield (whoever play that gorgeous assisting pass in, Please let me know) found Lauren in that perfect gap between the Grand Blanc midfield and the last player. With a great touch Fink beat the last player and had only a desperate onrushing goalkeeper to deal with. And to borrow one of my favorite phrases from one of my all-time favorite hockey guys, Micky Redmond, "... and she made no mistake". The shot was cool, composed, on frame... and game-winning. A clinical finish from our “wild-card” attacker.

It is a well-earned and very well-deserved victory for you girls. Just a fantastic job to keep your focus all the game through. This was a very good team and to maintain such composure throughout and then strike with the killing blow at the end is just plain impressive. It shows great soccer-savvy and maturity to pull that win off in that fashion.  You are so much fun to coach and so much fun to watch. I’m very proud of you all. Keep up the great work.


Next up:
Adams Freshmen travel to Lake Orion. Monday 26 April Game time 5:00
Bus leaves at 4:00. This is a DROP-OFF only. Players Please be certain you have a ride home.

 photos courtesy of Jon Barth. View Full Album HERE.


Monday, April 26
Freshman Team Update:
Foul Winds Blow
Adams Frosh 0 - Lake Orion Frosh 1

Close game. Tough loss. 

 Eyes on the Prize 






Wednesday, April 28


Adams FamilyRed Hawks set piece prowess proves pivotal
By ROSS MAGHIELSE Special to The Oakland Press

TROY — Last Friday the Troy Athens girls soccer team lost its first game of the season to cross-town rival Troy.

OnTuesday, the Red Hawks moved into a three-way tie for first place in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division conference with a 1-0 victory over Rochester Adams.

 Fight for every inch  Chilly temperatures and a stiff wind caused both teams’ offenses to be hampered, leaving the margin for error non-existent. The game’s first shot on goal didn’t come until the 18th minute of the second half — it was a header from Athens forward Haley Svrcina that found the back of the net and gave the Red Hawks a 1-0 lead.

The Highlanders (5-2-1, 4-1-0 OAA Red) had no answer.

“We’re in the OAA Red, so there are never ideal conditions,” Adams coach Aaron Donaghy said. “Every team in our league is a great team. … It was really a great battle back and forth for the whole game and the one goal made the difference tonight. That’s what happens in this league. You’ve got to be able to play 80 minutes.”

Athens was also playing under less-than-ideal circumstances, however. Prior to the start of the game, the Red Hawks (7-1-1, 4-1 OAA Red) lost their best player and all-state performer Olivia Brannon to a broken bone in her foot. Brannon, a midfielder, is a major key to the Red Hawks’ offense and her absence was painfully clear — Athens managed only three shot attempts in the game.

“We had a lot of challenges tonight,” Athens coach Tim Storch said. “The first challenge was we had to respond to coming off our first loss of the season to Troy High, and I’ve always believed you can tell a lot about a team on how they respond after losing for the first time. The second challenge was that we lost Olivia Brannon sometime between the end of school and pre-game warm-ups to a broken foot.”

Storch said Brannon will likely be out four to six weeks with the injury. Nevertheless, he expects his team to remain a frontrunner in the OAA Red and live up to its preseason expectations of being one of the best teams in the state.

“What this win shows not only us, but everyone else as well, is that as great as Olivia is, we have some very good players and we’re not just a one-player team. No one player is going to make up for Olivia Brannon, but every player can improve their game five to 10 percent and we’ll be okay.”

 Fight for every inch  Knowing his team was not going to be at full strength, particularly on offense, Storch entered the game with the strategy of focusing primarily of defense in the first half and then trying to find more offensive opportunities with the wind at his team’s back for the final 40 minutes.

“We knew we were going to have to deal with the wind, so I made the decision to go against the wind in the first half. Generally we play pretty well doing that, but I also felt that if we could hold (Adams) scoreless at halftime we’d not only have the momentum on our side, but the wind as well.”

The Red Hawks’ only scoring opportunity in the first half was a corner kick attempt. Yet, no Athens player was able to make contact with the ball after it bounced twice in front of the Adams net. Athens didn’t get another corner kick opportunity until the midway point of the second half, and this time Abbey Steffens placed it perfectly into the box and Svrcina headed it in for the game’s only goal.

“It was a logistic battle, and it was just going to come down to who got that break,” Donaghy said. “They had two corner kicks, both of them dropped in the box and you just can’t let that happen. The second one they didn’t let bounce twice.”

Entering the game, Athens was one game out of a first place. But this win, combined with Troy losing to Rochester Tuesday night, puts the Red Hawks in a tie for first place and in charge of their own destiny.


Also Played Today:

Next Up:
Adams host cross-town rival Rochester. Thursday 29 April at Highlander Stadium. JV 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

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


Thursday, April 29
Picture This...

Relive the Freshman Season in Pictures.  

Team Photo Album Now Online

Jon Barth, who has been providing you with your freshman team game photos all season has now put together an online Picture Album at PhotoBucket.

 Eyes on the PrizeThanks Jon for doing such a great job and providing images that will be fantastic keepsakes for our players for years to come.

 The site address is:  

Friday, April 30
Rival Night

 Michigan-Ohio State...forget it. Ave's-Wings...childs' play. This is ADAMS-ROCHESTER. This matters. 

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ROCHESTER HILLS — It’s a typical finish when only one goal separates Rochester and Rochester Adams. This has happened many times in the girls soccer rivalry over the past two-plus decades and it happened again Thursday.

Adams avenged a 1-0 defeat to the Falcons last season by tripping up rival Rochester 1-0 in an OAA Red Division game, which handed the Falcons their first league loss of the season.

Now all 12 teams in the OAA-Red have at least one loss.

“They got us last year, and now we beat them this year,” said Adams coach Aaron Donahy. “This was typical Adams-Rochester. We played a little bit different systems, but it’s a rivalry and it was kind of back and forth.”

A set piece provided the game’s lone goal, as Merlin Beckwith free kick from 35 yards out found the back of the net in the 61st minute. Jessica Wineke turned aside six shots for the shutout between the pipes for the Highlanders (6-2-1, 4-1-0). Troy, Troy Athens, Rochester and Adams all have one league loss and Lake Orion has two at the league season’s midpoint, as the final pecking order is far from being decided in one of the state’s premier soccer conference. While Adams found the back of the net with the game’s only goal, it was the Highlanders’ defensive effort that made a difference. Hannah Lee and Kylie Nylen had solid defensive efforts, according to Donaghy. “I thought they both played really well,” said Donaghy. “We didn’t give up a ton of shots. That’s the credit to the defense.”

Laura Ivezaj made 12 saves for Rochester (2-3-5, 2-1-2), which was missing all-state forward Amanda Anton.

“This was a game played between the 18s,” offered Rochester coach Todd Heugh. “I thought we had the better of the chances in the second half, but they scored the goal. Last year we beat them 1-0 on a great goal and this year they beat us on a great shot. That’s how it goes when its Adams-Rochester.

“I am not concerned too much. I know it seems weird to have only two wins at this stage of the season. But we have a lot of ties and we have not been at full strength this season,” continued Heugh. “We’ve had some good ties against some state-ranked teams. We tied (Birmingham) Marian, we’ve tied (Utica) Eisenhower, and we’ve beat Troy. We’ve played a ton of very good teams, so I think our record is a reflection of that.”

Rochester will play host to Flint Powers Catholic on Friday. Adams will play at Grosse Pointe North Saturday.


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Adams FamilyShort-term memory proves fruitful for Adams against rival Rochester
by SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN Special to The Oakland Press

ROCHESTER HILLS — A short-term memory is a valued asset in organized sports competition.

The ability to take hard losses and put them in the rear-view mirror can be the difference between having a good or a bad season.

Rochester Adams exhibited a short-term memory on Thursday night as the Highlanders’ girls soccer team effectively vanquished a heartbreaking 1-0 road loss to Troy Athens two days earlier from their collective memory and went onto beat intracity foe Rochester, 1-0, at home in an aggressively-contested affair.

 Everybody want a piece of this actionThe two squads were deadlocked for the game’s first 58 minutes before sophomore Merlin Beckwith scored on a free kick with 21:49 left to play to break the tie. Beckwith’s shot was a bullet that crashed through the right side of the net from 35 yards out.

“These kind of games come down to which team wants it the most,” she said. “This was a must-win for us, coming off a tough loss on Tuesday, and we played like it. We just kept working and never let up. Being able to finally finish with a goal and get the win is an amazing feeling.”

Having just barely missed converting on her previous six free kick attempts so far this season — four of which hit the crossbar — Beckwith was thrilled with finally being able to convert.

“Making the game-winning goal, especially on a free kick, is just awesome,” she said. “I’ve missed a couple by an inch or two, and now to be able to get one to go in and to have it be against our biggest rival is unbelievable.”

Her head coach, Aaron Donaghy, loves his star player’s mentality.

“Merlin is all heart out there on the field,” he said. “She’s young, but a very smart player. She can strike a ball with the best of them and blends very well with the rest of the team.”

The Highlanders lift their record to 6-2-1 on the year, 4-1 in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division. Rochester, which is missing a few central pieces of its roster due to injury, moves its overall record to 2-3-5.

The Falcons saw their best scoring chance of the evening go by the wayside late in the first half, when a Rochester forward missed wide shooting on an open net. Once they got down 1-0, however, the Falcons made a hard push at the end of the game to try to tie things up.

Head coach Todd Heugh’s team had three solid opportunities inside the Adams’ box in the final 17 minutes of the contest. The first one with just over 16 minutes left came to an end when a Rochester player got yellow carded for an illegal tackle — somewhat appropriate since play during the game could have easily been categorized as chippy.

The final two chances were thwarted courtesy of a nice save by Highlanders’ netminder Jessica Wienke and then a Falcons shot that sailed over the goal.

Wienke stopped six shots in goal to garner the shutout victory for Adams, while Laura Ivezaj, Rochester’s goalkeeper, turned away eight shots in the loss.

Donaghy, was pleased with resilience his team showed and the way it bounced back from its loss to Athens on Tuesday.

“The girls played real well tonight,” he said. “On Tuesday, we had our chances on net and couldn’t finish them. Tonight we finished, and that’s a tribute to how hard these girls work at what they do. We try to put all the negative stuff out of our heads, no matter what it is, and keep pressing forward.”

Adams will get back to work on Saturday, when the team hits the road to face off with non-league opponent Grosse Pointe North.

Heugh wasn’t shy about giving credit to Beckwith after the game was over.

“She hit that free kick real well, real solid,” he said. “Beckwith is a very nice player for them. That was a big play and she came through.

The Falcons coach understands how rivalry games hinge on just a few plays throughout the game.

“In a cross-town battle like this one, its one goal here or one miss there that decides the outcome,” he said. “That’s what was the case today. I’m proud of my kids though, they all competed with a lot of energy and effort.”


Also Played Today:

Next Up:
Adams travel to Grosse Pointe North. Maps avilable on the Locations Page. JV 10:00 and Varsity at 12:00.

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


Thursday, April 29
Freshman Team Update:
Highlanders Break Colts
Adams Frosh 3 - Troy Frosh 0

In this morning's paper, one of the men I admire most in this game, Coach Tim Storch was quoted as saying “The first challenge was we had to respond to coming off our first loss of the season... and I’ve always believed you can tell a lot about a team on how they respond after losing for the first time." 

 Eyes on the PrizeBefore stepping of the bus onto Troy's field today, I cited Coach Storch's observation and challenged the team as to how they would choose to respond to our first loss earlier in the week. 

 And the answer was not emptily spoken on that bus. It was emphatically illustrated on that field.

 Adams struck hard and early and then never let the Colts back in the match. The first goal came when Katie Milke had a rip at goal with a shot that was too hot for the keeper to handle. Olivia Barth collected the rebound and coolly tuck it home.

 Natalie Parenti added to the lead finishing a nice passing sequence from Lauren Finklestine in the center of midfield to Kayla Rolling on the right wing back to Natalie in the box. Quality goal. Emily Lane-Waters turned a comfortable lead into a substantial lead running onto a lovely thru ball played behind the defense by Grace McKenna and beating the keeper to her left.

  In the second half Adams continued to dominate possession and the dictate the entire tempo of the game. Good chances but more goals for Adams the second half, but more to the point, zero chances and zero shots for Troy who were largely confined to their own half of the field. And at the final whistle, it was a very convincing 3-0 victory.

 It was another fantastic outing, girls. And a particularly impressive one when put into the framework of "you can tell a lot about a team on how they respond after losing for the first time". Two players respond by scoring their first goals of the season. Daniela in the goal responds with a shutout. The defense responds by allowing no second half shots and barely allowing entry into our own half. The entire team responds with the ironman effort required of a squad of twelve (mostly) healthy players. Well, I can tell you this — Coach Storch would be impressed with you. Me, I'm just outright proud of you. Great job.


 photos courtesy of Jon Barth. View Full Album HERE.




Friday, April 30
Freshman Team Update:
Dogged Determination
Adams Frosh 1 - Romeo Frosh 0

 Dogged Determination In a season that has presented no shortage of gut-check moments, The Highlanders were afforded yet another opportunity test their metal as the Romeo Bulldogs came to visit.

On a day with winds gusting up to 30 mph, Olivia was under strict doctors orders to limit her minutes, so she would only be playing 15-20 minutes of the second half. This left us with zero subs for the 1st half.

No subs? No problem. A crazy 1st half wind in our face? Just something to laugh into. A ridiculously eager opponent who showed up to the field before 3:00 started their own practice before the varsity team even started their practice? An obstacle to be navigated. The entire circumstance… another occasion to rise to.

And, as they have all season long, your Highlanders rose to the occasion with form and style. Despite the crazy wind, Adams had the better of play and kept play in the Romeo half of the field for well over 50% of the 1st half with sustained pressure for much of that time. Corner kicks were sharp and chances came regularly.

With some wind-aided clearances the Bulldogs did put on several counter-attacks, but those were thwarted by the Highlanders’ jealous defense with great efficiency and those few ball that made it to the goal box were handled by Daniela. One or two corners did appear threatening, but, again, the team focused, won the balls and prevented any damage.

Entering the second half with a scoreless tie was therefore a cause for optimism. Given all the positive aspects of the first half, it followed that by maintaining form and focus, we ought to be able to substantially increase the pressure on goal and reduce or eliminate pressure on ours by virtue if the wind’s aid. Plus the benefit of being able to rest players for a short spell with Olivia being able to play a few minutes would be a boost as well.

And that is very much how the second half played out. The one thing we did run into was a pretty solid Bulldogs’ goalkeeper. Despite continued pressure she repeatedly turned away Adams’ chances… all but one. Today it was Lauren Finkelstine patrolling the space between the last defender and the mids. With a beautiful pass into the gap for Lauren, she took her prep touch and solidly struck a 22-yard ball on a rope that found it’s way into the upper right corner of the net as though it were driven there.

That was all we would get. That was all we would need. The game was played out with skill and control and a very determined Adams team once again exit the field not merely “winning the game”, but rather having Earned The Win.

Gut-Check test… passed.

Great job Girls.





Saturday, May 1
Grosse Pointe Cannot Hold Highlanders Back

 no matter what they did or how they tried, GPN could not hold Adams backAdams travelled out of conference and across town Saturday, and dominated Grosse Pointe North in a 3-1 victory.

Senior captain Brittany Campbell assisted on two of Adams goals, first to Jocelyn McDougal, and then to Merlin Beckwith. Kylie Nylen also scored an unassisited goal in the second half, as Adams once again provided an excellent defensive effort to limit Norsemen chances.

Adams improves to 7-2-1 (5-1 OAA Red).


Also Played Today:

Next Up:
Adams travel to Berkley (Michigan, not California) Monday, 3 May. Maps avilable on the Locations Page. JV 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

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



Tuesday, May 4
Freshman Team Update:
'Queath the Raven - 'NeverScore'
Adams Frosh 2 - Royal Oak Frosh 0

 This is as about close as Royal Oak would come to scoring todayAdams continued to hold form Monday, traveling to Royal Oak to take on the Ravens. The Higlanders did their damage in the first half and then as in other matches this season, put the hammer down in the second to keep a clean sheet.

Erica Adams set up both goals, first finding Lauren Finkelstine available in the Ravens’ box, and Fink tuck the ice-breaker home from near quarters.

Ten minutes later, it was our returning Kayla Bromund, back after an illness forcing a four-game absence. Receiving her pass from Erica, Kayla found herself in a 1v1 against the last defender about 20 yards out. A fake&take later she took the shot she had created for herself, keenly placed it beyond the keeper’s reach and into the back for her first goal of the season.

The 2-0 halftime lead would suffice as the Highlanders kept the ball moving and dictated the tempo for most of the second half. Daniella Boville earns her third straight shutout since taking over goalkeeper duties and the defensive wall of Kaela Sakorifis, Kirsten Lamkin, Lia Wampler and Olivia Barth once again earn high marks and praise for yet another outstanding defensive effort.

Next Up:
Adams Frosh travel to Clarkston to take on the Wolves. Wednesday, Cinco de Mayo, 5:00 at Clarkston JUNIOR high.


 photos courtesy of Jon Barth. View Full Album HERE.




Tuesday, May 4
Loaded For Bear

 The bigger the bear the higher to airAdams weathered the elements and a tough Berkley team and earn a rain-delayed 3-1 victory on Monday night.

Kylie Nylen got Adams on the board first with a long run and finish. A storm kicked up with 11 minutes remaining in the first half. Berkley was awarded a free kick that rode the wind and tied the game at 1-1. A 30-minute lightning delay ensued, after which Adams regrouped and took the lead for good on an Ashley Springer goal on an assist from Nylen. Hannah Lee served up a perfect corner kick to Mackenzie Barber to finish off the Bears.

Adams stands at 8-2-1, (6-1 OAA Red).


Also Played Today:

Next Up:
Adams host Kearsley Friday, 7 May. JV 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

 photos courtesy of Ken Wineke. View Full Album HERE.


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.

Thursday, May 6
Freshman Team Update:
Hungry Like The Wolf
Adams Frosh 5 - Clarkston Frosh 0

 Dogged Determination Adams freshman team took to the road again to visit Clarkston, a trip I always look forward to because they have a wonderfully conditioned natural grass field that is always in good condition and features no football stripes.

With a semi-persistent drizzle the ground would be soft but slick. Warm-up was very encouraging because the team’s touch looked sharp and did not appear to suffer from the slick conditions. As the game got underway, it was clear, that our Highlanders were totally zoned in and about to have a great day.

As in recent game, Adams dominated possession, moving the ball very well and dictating the tempo of play. Yet, also as in recent games, and over ten shots on-frame (3 in the first five minutes), only Katie Milke finished her chance that first half assisted by Olivia Barth. So despite another dominant half of soccer, Adams entered halftime just one bad bounce or fluky goal away from allowing the Wolves to draw level. And it wasn’t good enough. Perhaps if we measured “good enough” in counting created opportunities… but certainly not when taking into account all the squandered chances, chances lost from those opportunities.

So the challenge was issued at halftime. Who are we?
Are we a team demands excellence of ourselves, or are we a team that settles? 
Do we rise to our own standard, or to we play down to our competition?
Do we excel or do we coast?

It was put in very concrete terms. "If you do not score four goals in the second half, this game is a failure."

What would be the response?

And an emphatic statement that this team will not settle for less than its own best.

The second half was a thing of beauty to watch. Similar to the first in the ball movement and possession aspects, but now we were finishing. Goals two and three came off the foot of Olivia. The first, a deftly placed chip that feathered its way over and behind the keeper; the second a result of some lovely interplay between Olivia and Emily in the box.

 Dogged Determination Next it was Julia Rogers, returning to us after a six-game absence due to injury. It was Katie feeding the ball in from wide to Jules, and Jules driving the shot home on a rope to tally the Highlanders fourth of the day. Then to finish off the scoring (not to mention meet the personal halftime challenge), Kirsten Lamkin displaying a wonderful individual effort, attacked from the defensive third, beat four Clarkston challengers in the field along the way, and then slotted the 5th goal home against the, (now) lone Wolves keeper.

It was an exclamation point on top of the exclamation point. It was the offensive performance we’ve had inside us all season and we’ve been looking for; and the one to which we must now aspire every game from here on out. Top marks once again for a flawless defensive and goalkeeping performance.

Well done girls. Welcome to the hunger. Welcome to where you belong. Now, come Wednesday, let’s welcome Seaholm to the hunger as well.

Next Up:
Adams Frosh travel to Birmingham Seaholm, Wednesday, 12 May, 5:00.



Friday, May 14
match rescheduled for 26 may 5:00 at home.


Wednesday, May 12
Freshman Team Update:

Friday, May 14
And Down the Stretch They Won
Adams knock off Troy Colts in critical OAA Red battle 

By ADAM MINGSpecial to The Oakland Press 

 Mac AttackTROY — The Rochester Adams girls varsity soccer team completed another upset Thursday night with a 3-1 win at Troy in an Oakland Activities Association Red Division game that had major league-title ramifications. Adams (11-2-1, 7-1) has played some big games this year, and beating a very talented Troy (10-3-2, 6-2-1) is another confidence boost for the young Highlander squad.

Two second-half goals with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game cut open a previously close match.

“The first half was very even and we came out in the second half and we made sure to keep up our intensity and move the ball well,” Adams coach Aaron Donaghy said. “With a tight game like that to get the win for us being such a young team we did a great job.”

The first half began very evenly, with both teams playing smart with the ball in the neutral zone.

Troy goalkeeper Victoria Troccoli made some great saves and played exceptionally well positionally to keep the Highlanders off the scoreboard for the first 25 minutes after multiple quality chances.

Troy scored near the halfway mark in the first half on its first shot of the game. The Colts stole the ball from Adams at midfield after a defensive miscue and moved it quickly up to sophomore Irene Young, who raced by the defense and fired a quick shot by the Adams goalkeeper to put Troy up 1-0.

 Over, around or through - Adams gets it doneThe Highlanders fought back and scored at the 11-minute mark on a restart kick by freshman Allison Reed that set up a header by sophomore Kylie Nylen to even the score at 1-1.

“We need to do a better job defensively on the restarts, we just missed our marks on the goal,” Troy coach Brian Zawislak said.

Adams then took a 2-1 lead when sophomore Merlin Beckwith broke to the net off a pass from freshman Mackenzie Barber and converted a high, arching shot over Troccoli’s head with just over six minutes left in the game.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling and it really shows who the best team was tonight when you’re down by a goal and come back and score three more goals to win,” Beckwith said. “It was tough, they’re a good team, too, but we picked up our intensity and really played in the second half.”

Troy couldn’t get anything going after the goal and with just over two minutes left, Adams struck one more time to seal the deal. A cluster of players battled down low for the ball and it squirted free to junior Jessica Lang in front of the net for an easy goal to give Adams a 3-1 cushion.

The game bounced back and forth with Adams registering four shots on goal compared to only the one from Troy.

Adams continued to apply offensive pressure, but Troy started clawing back and evening the shot deficit.

Two corner kicks in a row nearly saw the Colts score, but great defense and goaltending from Adams’ Jessica Wineke kept the score tied.

Troy got two quality chances in a row with a third chance in the works until Adams cleared the ball from just outside the box.

“They did a great job and in a game like this it’s the little things that make the difference and they capitalized on the chances they had and we didn’t finish on our chances,” Zawislak said.

Troy plays North Farmington next, while Adams has their hands full against Utica Eisenhower on Monday.


Also Played Today:

Next Up:
Adams host Eisenhower Monday, 17 May. JV 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

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


Tuesday, May 18
Fly Like an Eagle
Adams wins defensive battle, tops Eisenhower  

By MICHAEL WALLWORK Special to The Oakland Press 

 Mac AttackROCHESTER HILLS — The Rochester Adams Highlanders won a defensive battle against the Utica Eisenhower Eagles, 1-0, in girls soccer on Monday night.

Both defenses absolutely dominated this game as neither team was able to generate a significant offensive threat on a consistent basis. Any attacking player who got within thirty yards of goal in the first half was immediately confronted with two defenders as both defenses simply swarmed to the ball.

In fact, the two teams played the entire first half without either team registering a shot on goal. For the game, Adams outshot Eisenhower just 5-2. The Eisenhower defense, led by junior Brittany Domin and the Adams defense, headed by Maddy Christensen and Lauren Boyle, shut down everything in sight for most of the game.

"They cleaned up pretty much everything, " Adams assistant coach Josh Hickey said of his defenders after the game.

The first truly good scoring chance of the game came with about six minutes gone by in the second half when Eisenhower got a player behind the Adams defense, but goalkeeper Jessica Wineke came off her line to make a fine stop - one of only two saves she had to make on the night - to preserve the shutout.

Finally, the Highlanders would push across the game's only goal at the 10:46 mark of the second half when sophomore Kylie Nylen made a brilliant run in midfield before playing a perfectly placed through ball to freshman Mackenzie Barber who zipped past the Eagles defense, leaving her one on one with the goalkeeper, and she calmly tucked the ball home.

Overall, the game had the definite feel of a "friendly" as both coaches substituted freely, getting playing time for their benches while also trying out new strategies in preparation for district play which starts in just two weeks. "We had to make some adjustments to figure out going forward, especially in our district, how we are going to play if our starter doesn't come back," Eisenhower coach Mehrdad Nekoogar said. "So we were just trying different things, different formations. I'm satisfied for what we wanted to do." Nekoogar added that, "(Our) defense was very solid. Offensively, we need to create more opportunities if we want to go farther than the district.

Adams assistant coach Josh Hickey expressed similar sentiments. "(We) were trying to keep them fresh and try new things," he said. Hickey was also pleased to see his bench have a good night. "Our subs played pretty well. Ashley Springer, Jenna Brown, and Macy Houghtlin. All those girls played really well coming off the bench, no let downs at all."

Eisenhowr drops to 9-2-1 overall while Adams improves to 11-2-1 ahead of their Thursday showdown with cross town rival Stoney Creek. The Highlanders can clinch at least a share of the OAA Red title with a win.

Also Played Today:

Next Up:
Adams Freshaman team host Troy Wednesday, 19 May. 7:00pmAdams varsity & JV host Stoney Creek Thursday, 20 May. JV 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

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


Tuesday, May 18
Freshman Team Update:
Frosh-town Rivalry
Adams Frosh 2 – Rochester Frosh/JV Combo 1

 ya see this? wadaya think o’ this? The Highlanders freshmen traveled to Rochester Monday for the second of two season meetings, winning 2-1 over the cross-town rival who did Adams the honor of importing a number of JV players down for the occasion.

Julia Rogers opened the scoring midway through the first half, taking a pass from Lauren Finkelstine and loft one over the keeper. As has been the case for most of the season, Adams carried most of play and once again locked the doors defensively. Yet, sometimes, even when you’re doing everything right a bad break can jump up and bite you. This bad break came in the form of a player 5 yards offside, a referee not paying attention, and an opportunistic moment seized by the Falcons. And the result was the 3rd goal registered against the Highlanders on the season and a 1-1 halftime score.

But also as with most games this season, there was every reason to stay calm, optimistic and expect that things would work out if we kept to form. And so that’s what the Highlanders did. They kept to form. Defense didn’t rattle at all over the earlier bad break. Rochester’s new recruits did provide the falcons with a greater attacking threat than they possessed in the first game. But as ever, Daniela, Kaela, Lia, Kirsten, Lauren and Grace during their respective turns in the defenders’ role were more than equal to the task and dashed Rochester’s comeback hopes at every turn.

The matter was decided, once again off the foot of Julia Rogers. This time it was a ball collected from an errant touch out at the Highlanders’ near right wing. Reading the situation perfectly, Julia stepped into space, took her prep touch bent the winner home into the far side panel, pretty as a picture.

A memorable game and a fantastic win. Great job girls. Now we forget Rochester and focus on Troy. New day – new challenge. Let’s make sure we’re up to the challenge.


 photos & video courtesy of Jon & Molly Barth. View Full Album HERE.



Next up:
Adams host Troy, Wednesday, 19 May. 7:00 at Highlander Stadium. (no, that is not a misprint 7:00pm) Be there and be Brown!


Thursday, May 20
Freshman Team Update:
Comeback Colts
Adams Frosh 1 - Troy Frosh 1

 Lamkin(11) & Goodrich (5). Each would score a goal todayAdams continued to hold form Monday, traveling to Royal Oak to take on the Ravens. The Higlanders did their damage in the first half and then as in other matches this season, put the hammer down in the second to keep a clean sheet.

Adams hosted the troy Colts freshman team Wednesday. Troy, much improved since the first meeting between the two teams held Adams off the scoreboard in the first half.

Early in the second half Kirsten Lamkin would unknot the scoreless tie taking control of a deflected shot by Julia Rogers and driving her own shot into the upper right of the goal. But with ten minutes left in the match, RSC clubmate Grace Goodrich took advantage of a missed clearing opportunity and tucked in the equalizer for the Colts to draw the match level with the 1-1 scoreline that would be the final result.


 photos & video courtesy of Jon & Molly Barth. View Full Album HERE.



Next up:
Adams host Stoney Creek for the second of this season’s two meetings. 5:00 at Highlander Stadium.


Friday, May 21
Red Day Dawning

Highlanders seize OAA Red Title for 2010

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 captain Brittany Campbell has achored Adams' defense on the road to the OAA Red championshipROCHESTER HILLS — Sometimes a tie, especially against an arch-rival, can be more of a disappointment for some soccer teams. But for Rochester Adams, a draw against Rochester Stoney Creek was all the doctor ordered.

Needing just one more point from the Highlanders’ league finale, Adams gained just that, posting a 1-1 tie with the Cougars. That gave Adams an 8-1-1 league record and the outright OAA Red Division girls soccer championship, the first in several years.Troy Athens finished second at 8-2-0, followed by Troy (6-2-2) and Lake Orion (6-3-1) in the 11-school division.

Stephanie Carter helped Stoney Creek (5-4-7, 2-3-5) earn a 1-0 lead at the half with her goal in the 38th minute.

Adams (12-2-1, No. 6 Division 1) netted the equalizer in the 57th minute, when Hannah Lee converted a penalty kick.  captain Brittany Campbell has achored Adams' defense on the road to the OAA Red championship

Jessica Wineke finished with six saves for Adams, while Tori Anderson had 13 stops for Stoney Creek.


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Adams FamilyAdams and Stoney Creek battle, Highlanders take OAA Red title
by SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN Special to The Oakland Press

 Brittany RichardsonROCHESTER HILLS — Most of the time a tie in any sport would bring about unsatisfied feelings. That was not the case on Thursday at Rochester Adams, as the Highlanders’ girls soccer team were satisfied as can be claiming stake in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division title as a result of playing to a 1-1 tie with crosstown-rival, Stoney Creek in front of a spirited home crowd

“This whole year we stayed hungry and never doubted ourselves and that’s why we’re standing here with the conference championship,” said second-year Adams head coach, Aaron Donaghy. “Today we kept attacking the net like we’ve been doing all year long, playing possession-based soccer and it paid off in the end.”

The tie makes the Highlanders, ranked No. 6 in Division 1, 12-1-1 overall on the year. No strangers to playing to ties, the Cougars are now 5--4-7.

 Jenna BrownAfter thoroughly outplaying their opponents throughout the first half, out-shooting them 12-1, the Highlanders found themselves down a goal, 1-0, at halftime. Despite only getting one shot off on net, Stoney Creek took advantage of its lone-scoring opportunity of the first half and found the back of the net courtesy of senior forward Stephanie Carter’s goal with just under two minutes to play before the half.

The second half saw both the play and the score even out. Stoney Creek added six more shots on goal, and Adams knotted the game at one goal apiece with a little less than 23 minutes remaining on the clock. The Highlanders’ goal came via sophomore forward Hannah Lee’s penalty kick, which was brought on from a hand-ball in the box called against the Cougars.

 Ashley Springer “We were barely ranked coming into this season and now to have all the fighting and scratching get rewarded is a fantastic feeling,” Lee said. “I was nervous taking the penalty kick, but fought through the anxiety and kept my focus to come through with the goal for my team.”

Both squads had quality opportunities to win the game in the closing minutes of play. The Cougars best chance came when Carter broke free on the left side of the Adams goal with 7:11 left on the clock, however, her shot sailed over the net and the opportunity was thwarted.

 Brittany CampbellAdams got two hard-hit shots on net in the game’s closing two minutes and each were from Merlin Beckwith. The first, a shot from 20 yards out, with 1:55 to play went wide left and the second, taken with 33 seconds left to play was turned away due to a great save by Stoney Creek goalkeeper, Tori Anderson. Keeping the Highlanders on their feet the whole contest, Anderson finished with a game-high 14 saves.

“People have a reason to fear us now and I like that,” Beckwith said. “we’ve earned that kind of reputation and now we’ve got to make the most of it.”


Also Played Today:

Next Up:
Adams close out the regular season with a trip to Flint Powers Catholic. Maps avilable on the Locations Page. JV 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.

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


Friday, May 21
Freshman Team Update:
Adams Frosh 1 — Stoney Creek Frosh 0
Lightning Strikes Twice—Highlanders Frosh Complete the Sweep—
For the class of 2014, the color of soccer in Rochester is Brown & Gold 

It took sixty-four of the allotted seventy minutes to get the job done, but they did get the job done. Friday evening, playing into a second half wind, your Adams freshman team scored the game’s only goal with a mere six minutes left to complete a very impressive all-Rochester sweep of four games involving Stoney Creek, Rochester and your Highlanders of Adams High School. 

 Mac AttackShot totals heavily favored Adams who created many quality scoring opportunities throughout the match. But between the pipes, the Cougars’ goalkeeper tandem time and again came up with very big saves to keep the sheet clean.

Energy was never lacking throughout the match. There was a spring in the step and a perceptible energy and sense of urgency tonight that had dropped off a bit in recent games. But tonight it was back in full force as Adams probed and prodded the Stoney Creek defense from all different parts of the field and with means both build-up based and direct.

The focus and the persistence finally paid off. The crack in the Cougar armor finally presented itself as Erica Adams collected a ball in the center of the field and played it forward to Lauren Finkelstine. Julia Rogers making a cutting run from the left flank ran onto an exquisitely laid in thru-ball from Lauren. The timing of the run was perfect and Rogers was in alone behind the defense. Once in, the keeper was forced off her line to cut the angle and Julia picked out her spot to the keeper’s right and slotted the ball home into the back corner of the goal for one of the most thoroughly satisfying goals of the season.


The last six minutes would prove challenging and eventful, as anyone would expect in a cross-town rivalry so tightly contested and among two teams that know each other so well. And in the end Adams would play to Eve, finish the job, and with the all-Rochester sweep achieved, mark the official colors of Rochester/Rochester Hills’ soccer class of 2014 as Brown and Gold.

Truly a full team effort and full team victory. There were the forward threesome of Natalie Parenti, Kaela Bromund, and Emily Lane-Waters pressuring high up the field to disrupted any relief Stoney would seek from support. The rock solid midfield anchored by Erica Adams, & Grace McKenna controlling the pace and tempo of play in the middle of the field with Kirsten Lamkin & Kayla Rolling making the same contribution in their turn. Katie Milke, Kayla Rolling & Julia Rogers sliding back & forth between forward and wide mid roles as the situation required and always posing a scoring threat from anywhere on the field, always creating nightmares for the players marking them. Fink & Olivia Barth with such extraordinary versatility, willing and able to play defense, mid OR forward as needed.

And as Daniella Boville logs Adams’ 10th shutout on the season, particular kudos must once again be given to the goalkeeper and defensive core of Kaela Sakorafis and Lia Wampler, who along with Olivia, Grace, Fink & Kirsten, adjusted and adapted brilliantly all game long to the continual changes in the defense’s makeup and shape.

 Mac AttackAnd I just want to make a particular acknowledgement to you three, Dani, Kaela & Lia for your selflessness and team-first service. Because I KNOW for certain you could and would perform strongly on other parts of the field, and I’m glad to be able to allow that when I feel we can afford the risk, but as defenders & GK you stabilize this team so steadfastly as to be nearly impenetrable. Just 1 goal all season during the run of play. That’s just amazing. So understand, it’s not because of lack of trust I am so reluctant to pull you out of the back during crunch-time. It is, in fact because of the profound trust I have in you, your skills, your coolness under pressure and your judgment on the field. It's where your team needs you. And you deliver - game in and game out like pros. Believe me, I see it, your team sees it, the fans see it, and your opponents FEEL it. And in no small measure, it’s why we win.

Great job tonight ALL. Congratulations on a great win.


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Next up:

  • Groves frosh come to Highlander Stadium Tuesday, 25 May at 5:00. 
  • Adams freshman team close out their 2010 season, Wednesday, 26 May at home hosting Troy Athens. 5:00 gametime.



Wednesday, June 2
PLAYOFFS 2010 - round 1
Watch That First Step, It’s A Doozy!
Highlanders Win Double Overtime Thriller


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Lee’s overtime heroics lift Adams past Rochester

 EVERY SECOND MATTERS! 21 Seconds left on the 2nd overtimeROCHESTER HILLS — Every second truly does count in athletics. Rochester Adams proved that theory right Tuesday night on the big stage.The seventh-ranked Highlanders used a goal with 21 seconds left in the second overtime to eliminate arch-rival Rochester 1-0 on the Falcons’ home field a Division 1 girls soccer district opener.

 playoff runHannah Lee simply got the job done in the second extra session. After firing a cornerkick into the penalty box inside 35 seconds, she retrieved the Falcons’ clearing attempted and laced a low shot that deflected off a Rochester defender only 21 seconds before a potential shootout.

“We just kept working and working and it finally paid off,” offered Adams coach Aaron Donahy, whose team won the OAA Red Division title this season. “Rochester is a very good team. We beat them 1-0 in the regular season with a goal from 35 yards out and we expected this to be another close game. We were fortunate enough to finally get one in. Nobody wants to go to (penalty kicks). Hannah was smart enough to keep working and she got in there and got the ball and was able to get the shot off.”

Rochester coach Todd Heugh, whose team finished 5-5-9, admitted that his team struggled to score goals this season and often gave up goals on set pieces, which was the case again in this contest.

“We just didn’t execute on that set piece and they were able to get off a shot. It was a low cross and it came back out and we didn’t cover (Lee),” explained Heugh. “I’m not even sure who (the shot) went off.”

The Falcons controlled play throughout the first half and finished even on scoring chances during the contest. Jessica Wineke had several clutch saves to keep the Highlanders very much alive in the postseason.

“Rochester got the ball inside our box 16 times in the first half,” said Donahy. “They really controlled things in the first half. I thought we settled down in the second half and started to play better soccer. Rochester is big and intimidating. They have a lot of seniors. We are a very young team and I don’t mind sailing under the radar a little bit. I was very pleased with how Jessica took control back there. She made some big saves.“Soccer is a game of big names,” Donahy continued. “Rochester has some really good players and teams like (Troy) Athens and (Auburn Hills) Avondale have great players. We don’t really have that yet. We just play well together and we seem to keep surprising some people. We have done that all season.”

Wineke finished the night with 12 saves for her eighth shutout for the Highlanders (13-2-2), who advance to the district semifinals Thursday against Waterford Kettering at Clarkston Middle School.

Wineke was active in patrolling the box, making multiple saves and coming off her line on crosses and corners. Her biggest save came in the first overtime, when she dove down to clean up a laser of a shot from Rochester’s Haley Burtraw. Riyanne Williams also had another shot go just wide of the goal in overtime for Rochester.

“It’s not that we didn’t have chances,” said Heugh. “We had a lot of quality chances, especially in the first half. We had nine ties this season. And I think not being able to score a lot and giving up goals at the wrong time led to that.”


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Adams FamilyLee gives Adams win over Rochester in double overtime
by JEFF KANAN Special to The Oakland Press

ROCHESTER HILLS — It took nearly 110 minutes, but Rochester Adams finally got by with 21 seconds left in overtime to win a close district rivalry game against Rochester, 1-0.

 This is no place for a nervous personA corner kick attempt by Adams was booted in by Hannah Lee, as Rochester defenders scrambled to make the save, but that was all that was needed for Oakland Activities Association Red division champion Highlanders to advance to the district semifinals.

The goal set off a wild celebration on the Adams side of the field after an energetic game with lots of opportunities at the end of regulation.

“What we talked about before the game is that we play to the last whistle,” Adams head coach Aaron Donaghy said. “(Lee) just stayed hungry in the box and rocketed it.”

Rochester opened the game solid and received solid scoring chances early in the first half. The Falcons missed on a chance in front of the net with about 17 minutes left in the first half that could have given them the lead.

Rochester kept it on and outplayed the Highlanders for the duration of the first half.

Adams came out with more energy in the second half, leading to several opportunities in the first 15 minutes of the second half before missing just high of the net with 19:25 remaining.

Rochester goalie Laura Ivezaj made a leaping save with 12:20 to prevent Adams from taking the lead, but Adams kept pressuring Rochester and created another opportunity with 5:20 remaining.

 cornerIvezaj and Adams goalie Jessica Wineke made several spectacular saves all night long to keep the game scoreless, while forcing the opposition to keep making plays.

In the first half, Wineke stretched to make a save that was headed for the top of the net and was a difference-maker for Adams.

“She’s played great,” Donaghy said. “Not only was she amazing in goal, she was controlling the box.”

When neither team could find the back of the net in regulation, the teams went into two first of two 15-minute overtime periods, with the play remaining relatively even.

Rochester’s Haley Burtraw had a chance half-way through the period, but neither team could muster a goal in the initials 15-minute session.

The second 15 minutes of the overtime period featured a good chance by Rochester at the halfway mark when Jennifer Goethals’ pass Riayane Williams was kicked just wide of the net.

Adams responded with its goal late in the session to lift it to a meeting with Waterford Kettering Thursday.

Tuesday’s close game was nothing new to Rochester, which had drawn ties in nine of its 18 games headed in, sporting a 5-4-9 record.

The Falcons played tight defense and allowed Adams few opportunities on the night. Despite Adams’ Top-10 ranking in Division 1, the Falcons showed no fear and matched the Highlanders’ play.“We had a really good first half – we kept them under pressure,” Rochester coach Todd Heugh said. It’s a cross-town rival game. Regardless of who’s got the better record, it’s always a close game.”

The Falcons finish the season at 5-5-9 and fell 1-0 to Adams earlier this season and will see their season come to an end despite competing well against top teams and playing hard Tuesday.

“I thought the overall chances equaled out. In a rivalry game like this, you’ve got to be good on your set pieces and long throws and corner kicks and we didn’t execute.”

Adams (12-2-2) will face Kettering Thursday and will be difficult to defeat in future rounds if it plays with the same defensive pressure it showed Tuesday and a little more offense.

 the sweet taste of vistory“I think we’re going to extremely tough to beat if we play our style,” Donaghy said. “If we play our game, teams are going to have to adjust to beat us.”


Also Played Today – Other District 13 Action:
Waterford Kettering 8 — Pontiac 0
Clarkston 5 — Milford 0

Next Up:
Thursday 3 June 7:00, Admas vs. Kettering — the Highlanders now advance to the second round to face Captains of Waterford Kettering at district host Clarkston HS. Clarkston will play Waterford Mott in the other district semi-final at 5:00. Maps avilable on the Locations Page.

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


Tuesday, June 8
We Interrupt this playoff run for a word from our Boys' program
Upcoming Dates to Remember:

1. Non-Mandatory but you had better be there Game Attendence:
June 10th, 5:00pm; Adams Girls; Regional Playoff Match; @ Lake Orion Stadium
June 12th, 12:00pm; Adams Girls (if advanced) Regional Final; @ Lake Orion Stadium

2. Non-Mandatory Kick-Arounds:
July 13th, 15th (3-5pm) @ Stadium
July 27th, 29th (9-11am) @ Stadium?

3. Non-Mandatory Conditioning:
Aug 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th (6-8am) @ Stadium
(Wear running shoes, bring cleats)

4. Non-Mandatory Pre-Tryout Conditioning
Aug 9th, 10th (1-3pm, 5-7pm) @ Stadium?
(Wear running shoes, bring cleats)

5. Rochester United Soccer Camp:
July 12th-16th (9am-1pm) @ Stoney Creek High School
Call 726-3165 to register
For more details:

6. Can Drives
Two can drives will be organized by returning Varsity players this summer
They will contact you with dates and times of the can drives
Money raised will help purchase equipment, jerseys, warm-ups, etc.

7. Summer League
June 14th-July 28th (games after 6pm on Monday and Wednesday Nights)
Roster of 18 players on a team
Possible two teams available (Varsity, JV, Freshman: in that order)
Cost: $40 (Must pay before you can play, no exceptions!)

8. Tryouts:
August 11th-13th (1-3pm, 5-7pm – Double Sessions) @ Stadium
(Must wear shin guards) ?

Things to do During the Summer:
1. Condition on your own
2. Come to the open summer kick-arounds, and the conditioning sessions
3. Summer Soccer League at Adams High School
4. Rochester United Soccer Camp
5. Get your butts out to the girls' games and support your sister team. 

Varsity Fitness Conditioning Expectations:
*These are fitness goals for students who want to be considered for the Varsity program*

  • Mile: 6 Minutes (6:00) 
  • Half Mile: 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds (2:30) 
  • Quarter Mile: 65 Seconds (:65) 
  • 3 Mile Run: 21 Minutes (21:00) 
  • 18 Minute Cooper Test: 10 ½ Laps
  • 12 Minute Cooper Test: 7 ½ Laps


Physical Exam Information:
In conjunction with the certified 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 22 - Stoney Creek, 5-8pm
  •  Wednesday, June 23 - Rochester High, 5-8pm
  •  Thursday, June 24 - Adams, 5-8pm
Cost is $30.00 cash or check, payable to: Rochester Community Schools. Revenues from the June 18 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, 2010, before they can practice. The Crittenton Sport Rehabilitation Center, located on Squirrel Road, will offer physical exams on August 8th from 8am-Noon. Call 248-562-5900 to schedule an appointment. Cost is $30.00.


Varsity Coach’s Contact Information:
Josh Hickey
Adams Varsity Boys Soccer Head Coach
(248) 219-9607

We now return you to your previously scheduled playoff race.


Friday, June 4
PLAYOFFS 2010 - round 2
Captains Passed


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Highlanders overcome sluggish defense to oust Kettering

CLARKSTON — It’s understandable that a team may not be as sharp less than 48 hours after having to 119 minutes before beating an arch-rival in a state tournament game.

That’s the case for Rochester Adams’ girls soccer team.

The seventh-ranked Highlanders defeated Rochester 1-0 on Tuesday, scoring a goal with 21 seconds left in the second overtime to eliminate the Falcons. Playing youthful Waterford Kettering two days later in the Division 1 district semifinals at Clarkston Junior High, Adams never trailed but allowed the upstart Captains to hang in the game before eventually pulling away for a 6-2 victory.

“I think Kettering surprised us a little bit,” said Adams coach Aaron Donahy. “We scored a couple of quick goals and we let our guard down and they scored on two shots. After that, I think we settled down defensively. We didn’t give them much after that.”

Adams (14-2-2) will play host Clarkston (15-2-2) Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Clarkston High for a Division 1 district championship and the right to advance to the Lake Orion-hosted regional June 8.

Donahy realizes that this is no longer an average Clarkston team that OAA-Red schools once beat up with regularity.“They connect, they really work together, even when the rotate they possess the ball really well,” said Donahy. “They are solid both offensively and defensively. They never really allowed Mott to get the ball inside at all. They are a hungry team compared to whatever was wrong a couple of years ago. They are the real deal. Just watching them, they look like a team a turf team.”

Thursday’s two semifinals were played on real grass while the district finals will be back on the turf field at the high school. Even the real grass would not allow the Captains to slow down the Highlanders’ attack.

Adams outshot Kettering 29-4 overall, including 21-3 with shots directly on goal. The game appeared headed down the mercy boulevard, as the Highlanders scored three times in less than eight minutes to open the contest.Macy Houghtlin (37:51), Merlin Beckwith (36:07) and Kylie Nylen (32:13) all converted shots to give Adams a 3-0 cushion.

Kettering was able to temporarily to deflate the balloon when freshman Shelby Watts netted her 18th goal of the campaign, when she one-time a steal that sailed through traffic into the far corner of the net with 31:47 to play.Adams countered once again for a 4-1 lead when Julie Genouw became the Highlanders’ fourth player to find the net with 20:09 to play in the opening half.

Again, Kettering had an answer when freshman Gabbie Jerome found netting when she laced in a 30-yard free kick.Both of the Kettering’s first two shots were on net and both resulted in goals. The Captains (6-11-3) only attempted three shots the entire first half and four for the game, but found themselves down just 4-2 at the half and within striking distance.

“We tried to give them a little bit of a scare, but they just had too much,” said Kettering coach Jon Cadwallader, who team featured one senior and also had eight freshmen and six sophomores in the rotation. “We are a very young team playing against a (state-ranked) team. Last year we only had around seven kids that played club. This year most of our girls played club, so we’ve made a step in the right direction. I think next year we will stay with the team that we have because we only graduate one girl.”

In the second half, Adams outshot the Captains 15-1 and was able to tack on two more insurance tallies.Brittany Richardson scored both second-half goals for Adams. Jessica Lang assisted on the first and sixth goals, while Nylen and Hannah Lee both added single assists in the game for the Highlanders.

Jessica Wineke finished with one save in goal. Tailer Roscoe had 15 stops for Kettering despite being peppered with shots all evening.


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Monday, June 7
Keeping the wolves at bay


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Adams hold off Clarkston to advance to regionals

CLARKSTON — Rochester Adams more resembles the walking wounded than a girls soccer team. Yet the Highlanders have still limped its way to its second championship of the season.

The OAA Red Division champion Highlanders captured a Division 1 district title Saturday night with a 3-1 victory over Clarkston. Adams lost their fourth starter in five days due to injury and still found a way to beat a team enjoying its best-ever season.

“I am so pleased with this group. We have what seems like a third of our team out with injuries,” said Adams coach Aaron Donaghy. “We lost a couple of girls against Rochester, we had another girl go down against (Waterford) Kettering) and we lost another one to Clarkston. To have the other girls step up when we have that many girls out — it’s a tribute to them.”

Adams built a 2-0 lead on an unassisted goal from Ashley Springer. Carly Nylen scored the second goal on a cross from Springer.

Clarkston, which finished a fine 15-3-2, came charging back and got a goal from Mikayla Ferer midway through the second half.

Adams capped the scoring with seven minutes to play, when Jessica Lang, a transfer from Traverse City West, scored off an assist from Brittany Buckler, which once again gave them it a two-goal cushion.

“I think when we got that third goal, that took the wind out of their sails a little bit,” said Donaghy. “But I never really felt comfortable. I knew that Clarkston would make a run at us. They are a very organized team and they didn’t give up. When they made it 2-1, I knew they would keep coming at us. We held them off at the end.”

Adams will play Midland Dow at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Lake Orion in the regional semifinals.


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Highlanders Win District
Wolves sent packing

A soft rain that held off until the final seconds of Saturday's District Finals could not dampen the spirits of the Adams girls soccer team, which recorded another milestone in its amazing 2010 season by defeating Clarkston, 3-1. Ashley Springer, Kylie Nylen and Jessica Lang all tallied goals to lead the Highlanders to its first District title since 2006. Playing for a second time in the district playoffs on its opponent's home turf, the Highlanders applied relentless pressure, and dominated possession in a convincing win over the OAA White champion Clarkston Wolves.

Adams now adds a District Championship to its OAA Red Championship, and begins Regional play in a matchup with Midland Dow.


Friday, June 11
PLAYOFFS 2010 - regional round
Highlanders Charged
ADAMS 1 (so 4-3) – MIDLAND DOW 0 

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Adams advances to regional finals courtesy of shootout win

LAKEORION — For the past week, Rochester Adams has worked penalty kicks for long stretches of each practice session. It paid off Thursday.

The seventh-ranked Highlanders survived another day in the girls soccer Division 1 state tournament, edging Midland Dow 1-0 in the regional semifinals at Lake Orion. The game reached a shootout, where Adams held a 4-3 edge on PKs to advance.

Midland Dow (16-4-4) built a 3-1 edge in the shootout, before Adams junior Jessica Wineke shut the door. The Chargers shot their fourth shot over the crossbar, while Wineke saved the fifth shot.

Merlin Beckwith, Kylie Nylen and freshman Alli Reed converted the final three shots for in the shootout for the win, with Reed netting the game-winning PK for the Highlanders, who have lost three starters to injuries during the postseason.

Still, it was an unheralded freshman that stepped in and delivered the knockout blow for Adams.

“Yes, I was nervous,” admitted Reed.

“We practiced (penalty shots) a lot the past week, like every single practice. We all took at least 5-10 shots. Our whole team was prepared,” she added.

Adams coach Aaron Donahy felt that Dow was comfortable putting very little of an attack together while sitting back for a potential shootout with the Highlanders.

“Especially for the shootout, we prepare for that all season,” said Donahy. “Like we saw in the second half, they switched to a 4-5-1 (alignment) and they were playing for a shootout. We were putting a lot of pressure on them and their defense was rock solid. Their goalie came up with some big saves. We were thinking about (the shootout). (Assistant coach) Josh Hickey is in charge of the shootouts. We went over the lineup over and over again. “

Dow, which allowed just two goals in its previous 17 games heading into regional play, bent but did not break against the Highlanders’ constant pressure. When the Chargers did generate any offense, they were thwarted, especially in the shootout when Wineke stopped Dow’s fifth shooter, Shelby Thompson, with a clutch save.

“I still argue that Jessica is one of the best goalies in the state,” praised Donahy. “We count on her for the one big save, and that’s what she does. I can’t be prouder of her and the rest of these girls. They just go to war the entire game.”

Adams controlled play throughout regulation and the two overtime periods. The Highlanders (15-2-3) outshot Dow 18-5 in regulation, including 11-4 with shots directly on goal, but could never find an opening past Chargers junior Sarah Arent.

Adams had several close-range shots during regulation that were cleaned up by Arent, who finished with 15 total saves heading into the shootout. Overall, the Highlanders held a commanding 24-6 shots edge, including 15-5 with shots on frame heading into the round of PKs.

Although sitting back and waiting for the counterattack, Dow had only two rushes in the second half and the most dangerous was Kristina McDaniel’s bending cross that was cleared away with 9:25 left in regulation.

In overtime, Adams again held most of the possession and built a 6-1 edge with shots. Dow had the most dangerous opportunity once again, when Lauren Parker’s shot was deflected by Wineke (five saves) and headed towards the net, but Adams sweeper Nylen cleared the ball away one yard out in front of the net.

Dow’s Gerry Strickler, who took over the program early in the season for retired coach Tom Miller, felt his team left in all out on the field and that the defensive-minded Chargers’ schemes nearly worked against the OAA Red Division champion Highlanders.

“We’ll put this one behind us. For the girls coming back, this will be a great experience,” said Strickler. “They learned that they can play with anybody. They played well for 110 minutes and we (played in a) shootout that all the way down to the fifth kick. Sometimes you lose games (like this) and sometimes you win.

“Adams played a great game,” Strickler continued. “They are well-coached. They did everything offensively they needed to do. Our defense stood up and battled back the whole time. We didn’t bend. That’s what we’ve done all season. We’ve given up only two goals in the last 17 games. That’s the way we play the game.”

Adams advances to the regional finals for the first time since 2006, when it will play at 12 noon Saturday against Grand Blanc, a 3-2 winner over Utica Eisenhower. The Bobcats edged Eisenhower 6-5 on penalty kicks to gain the decisive goal.

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>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Adams Family Adams girls soccer survives a thrilling shootout to advance
by JEFF KANAN Special to The Oakland Press

LAKE ORION — When it comes to the nitty-gritty, Rochester Adams gets it done.

The Highlanders won a dramatic 1-0 girls soccer regional semifinal game against Midland Dow that came down to the final player in a shootout.

Adams freshman midfielder Alli Reed stepped up and blasted a shot into the upper corner of the net to lift Adams, 4-3, as the final shooter of the shootout.

The goal brought celebration from the Adams players, as the young Highlanders, who defeated Rochester last week in a very similar scenario, continued to win games late in the match.

“Being young, everything’s a learning curve for them,” Adams coach Aaron Donaghy said. “They learned from the Rochester game that, even though we’re going to OT, we’ve got to keep playing … This is what is gained from experience.”

After dominating most of regulation and overtime, Adams found itself locked, 0-0, at the shootout.

The first Dow player to step up, kicked a goal past Adams goalkeeper Jessica Wineke in a shootout that was to be decided by the team with more goals through five shooters.

Brittany Buckler snuck a goal in the bottom left corner of the net to tie the shootout at 1-1.

Dow answered with a goal by Rachel Marble, who used the bottom left corner to put Dow ahead.

A stop by the Dow goaltender gave the Chargers the advantage, and after both teams converted their next shots, it appeared the Chargers might win.

With Dow leading 3-2, the next Charger shot sailed high, and Kylie Nylen responded with a goal to tie the score at 3-3 with the fifth shooters from either team awaiting.

An outstanding save by Wineke gave Reed the opportunity to score the game-winner, and she converted to give Adams the win.

“We practiced every single practice in the last week and we’ve each taken about 5 or 10 shots,” Reed said. “I was relieved to see our team win because we worked hard and deserved to win.”

Adams dominated most of the game, getting good chances from Reed and Nylen in the first half to try to put the Highlanders ahead.

Adams pressured in the second half and on several plays came inches away from taking the lead.

Merlin Beckwith put a hard shot on net that was batted down by the goalkeeper, who then had to make a diving save to prevent Adams from getting to the ball.

A great chance on a header moments later sent the goalkeeper leaping almost into the net to make the save.

Dow’s Ericka Lee then narrowly missed on a 1-on-1 to keep the score tied.

Adams pressured in the final minute, but the Chargers were able to keep the Highlanders at bay and force overtime.

The first of two 15-minute overtime period saw Adams nearly score on a corner kick, and then get another good opportunity in the next few moments but fail to score a goal.

In the second session, Dow had a few chances early, but couldn’t come up with a goal.

Adams responded by another corner attempt that was thwarted by the Dow defense.

Nevertheless, Adams kept at it and made Dow give everything it had to prevent Adams from winning in overtime.

“As soon as it went to a shootout, we’ve been preparing for it all season and especially in the last two weeks,” Donaghy said. “I can’t be prouder of the girls — They go to war all game long.”

Wineke made several great plays for Adams, as she stopped Dow on nearly every opportunity.

“I still argue that Jess is one of the best goalies in the state, and you count on her for the one big save, and that’s what she does.”

The Chargers finish the season 16-4-4, having played stout defense in their last several games.Adams can catch its breath and advance to play the winner of Utica Eisenhower-Grand Blanc for a regional final game Saturday.

The game is scheduled for noon at Lake Orion.

The Highlanders (15-2-3) have defeated Rochester, Waterford Kettering and Clarkston in these playoffs and will try to use the same defensive intensity it has the past few games to advance to the state semifinals.

The balance between victory and defeat has been close for the Highlanders in the playoffs, but their young players have been able to have the answers thus far.

D 0 0 0 3 — 3
A 0 0 0 4 — 4

Shootout — 1, D, Lindsey Lee; 1, A, Brittany Buckler; 2. D. Rachel Marble; 3, D, Nicole Biltz; 2, A, Merlin Beckwith; 3, A, Kylie Nylen; 4, A, Alli Reed

Goalkeepers: A, Jessica Wineke

RECORDS — Midland Dow 16-4-4; Adams 15-2-3


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Merlin's heroics lift Adams to eighth regional title

LAKE ORION — Merlin Beckwith made sure there would be another chapter in Rochester Adams’ surprise soccer season.

Adams, not even favored to win its league this season, has ventured through the girls soccer state tournament with multiple injuries. But the OAA Red Division and district champion Highlanders added even some more championship hardware to it resume Saturday.

Merlin is the latest page in the storybook season. She laced a 30-yard free kick that sailed over the head of the Grand Blanc goalkeeper that landed top shelf in the net with 4:40 to play, and that proved to be the clincher in the seventh-ranked Highlanders’ 1-0 victory over the fifth-ranked Bobcats.

“That’s definitely what I wanted to do,” said Beckwith. “I was thinking ‘place it, place it, place it and find the back of the net.’ I’ve been practicing a lot and it pays off when you finally score in big games.”

Adams will face No. 3 Novi in an all-Oakland County state semifinal on Wednesday at Sterling Heights Stevenson.

It marked the third 1-0 win in the postseason for Adams (16-2-3), which has outscored the opposition 12-3 during its playoffs run this season. It was all possible thanks to Merlin’s late-game heroics.

“Merlin’s goal was unbelievable,” said Adams coach Aaron Donaghy. “She just really got a hold of it and left no doubt.”

Jessica Wineke gained the shutout in goal, the team’s 10th shutout on the year, on thre saves. Adams is now unbeaten in its past 15 games this season and rolls into its eighth state semifinal — first since 2006 — in school history on quite a roll.

“We have not lost in a long time,” said Donaghy. “This team is resilient. We’re really banged up right now, with three starters out for the year and other girls that are hurting. But we keep finding ways to win.”

Adams defeated Midland Dow 1-0 in a shootout and Grand Blanc (18-3-3) edged Utica Eisenhower 3-2 in a shootout two days earlier and the nip-and-tuck affair, played under humid June temperatures, seemingly drained both teams.

“I think both (teams) legs were getting tired, especially at the end,” said Donaghy. “It was a great game. I said at halftime that this was one of the best games I’ve seen all year. We were really going back and forth. Both teams had chances.”

Adams outshot Grand Blanc 7-3 in the contest, and became the first team to blank the Bobcats all season.

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Adams Family Late goal from Beckwith vaults Adams into state girls soccer semifinals
by Keith Dunlap of The Oakland Press

LAKE ORION – The goal may have been roughly 30 yards away and the humidity was feeling even more stifling as additional energy was being spent, but none of that mattered to Rochester Adams girls soccer player Merlin Beckwith.

Lining up for a free kick as time was winding down in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final against Grand Blanc on Saturday, there was only one objective for Beckwith, and it wasn’t to lay a ball in the box in hopes a teammate could redirect it into the goal.

The plan was to put the ball in the net herself, and that’s exactly what Beckwith did.

With 4:40 remaining, Beckwith fired a perfect shot over the head of the Grand Blanc goalie and just underneath the crossbar to give Adams a 1-0 win over the Bobcats and send the Highlanders into what will be an all-county state semifinal against Novi on Wednesday at Sterling Heights Stevenson.

Technically, Utica Ford is the host school for the semifinal, but Ford and Stevenson share the same field behind Stevenson.

“That’s definitely what I wanted to do,” Beckwith said. “I was thinking ‘place it, place it, place it and find the back of the net.’ I’ve been practicing a lot and it pays off when you finally score in big games.”

Thanks to Beckwith’s shot, Adams survived a war of attrition against the Bobcats. Not only was the humidity through the roof throughout the game, but each team was weary after coming off shootout wins on Thursday during the regional semifinals.

Adams recorded a 1-0 win over Midland Dow in penalty kicks, while Grand Blanc prevailed over Utica Eisenhower, 3-2.

“I think both (teams) legs were getting tired, especially at the end,” Adams head coach Aaron Donaghy said. “It was a great game. I said at halftime that this was one of the best games I’ve seen all year. We were really going back and forth. Both teams had chances.”

Adams (16-2-3) is now unbeaten in its last 14 games heading into the semifinal matchup with Novi. The winner advances to the Division 1 state championship game next Saturday, either at Michigan State University or Williamston High School.

It’ll be the second time in five years Novi and Adams have met in the state semifinals. Novi recorded a 1-0 win over Adams in a 2006 semifinal at Stoney Creek en route to its second of three consecutive state titles.



Grand Blanc shut out for first time this season in Division 1 girls soccer regional final
by Mark Spezia of the The Flint Journal

LAKE ORION -- It's a gameplan so often used at this stage of the girls soccer state tournament.

Rochester Adams coach Aaron Donaghy's top priority in Saturday's Division 1 regional final at Lake Orion was shutting down dangerous Grand Blanc forwards Tayler Ward and Jamie Mastromatteo and then he hoped his team could capitalize on whatever scoring opportunities presented themselves.

Unfortunately for the Bobcats, Donaghy's plan worked.

In a game of few chances for either team, Ward and Mastromatteo were kept from the net for the most part and the Highlanders' Merlin Beckwith coverted a free kick with 4:40 remaining as Grand Blanc was shut out of the first time this season, 1-0.

The two teams had tied 1-1 April 24.

"It was a frustrating way to lose, but I thought we played well and possessed the ball very well, but they are a lot better in the air than we are and give them credit for finding a way to win," Bobcats coach Greg Kehler said. "They scored on a good shot by Beckwith and that's what it takes in games like this -- scoring the big goal."

Adams (16-2-3), ranked seventh in the state, won its first regional since 2006 and faces third-ranked Novi in Tuesday's state semifinal at Utica Ford.

"Games like these, this time of the year are so often going to come down to the that one shot," Donaghy said. "Fortunately, we came out on top this time. Grand Blanc is a strong team that can really move the ball and I thought they even moved it better than the first time we played."

Grand Blanc, which was outshot 7-3, had its best scoring chance with 28:43 left when an open Jamie Mastromatteo took a pass and sent a shot just over the crossbar from about 15 yards out.

Otherwise, the Bobcats could barely get a shot off against the Highlanders' swarming defense.

"They are a really good defensive team," Kehler said. "Kylie Nylen does a good job of sitting back there and keeping teams away from the net and they had Ashley Springer marking Tayler the entire game which frustrated her a little bit, but that just occupied another defender. Still, you have get the ball in the final third of the field and finish and we were not able to do that today. We could not get that bounce and get a foot on the ball to drive it in."

On her free kick, Beckwith booted a rocket just underneath the corner of the net.

"There was not much you can do to defend a shot like that -- just a solid one right underneath the crossbar," Kehler said.

With three starters on crotches, Adams extended its unbeaten streak to 14 games.

"We just tried to man-mark their two forwards because they are both loaded with talent, but we have the defensive players to do it," Donaghy siad. "We also kept an extra player back. We decided to put our strong defense against their strong offensive players and let the other players do what they can."

The sixth-ranked Bobcats, seeking their first regional championship since 2005, finishes 18-3-3. They have reached the regional final six times in the past seven years.

Grand Blanc won the West Division in its first Kensington Lakes Activities Association season and lost only to ranked teams and outscored opponents 62-17.

"I am proud of the season we had," Kehler said. "The girls played very well and conducted themselves very well. We wanted to win our division of the KLAA and took a great Canton team to overtime. We won two shootouts in the playoffs, so it was a season we can be happy with."