Rochester Adams Highlanders: ... 2009

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Wednesday, August 26
Rivals Adams, Stoney Creek play to a draw
ROCHESTER HILLS — Both teams played hard, found the back of the net, had several near-misses and had a nice size crowd of supporters cheering them on.

Adams Soccer Rocks! So taking all that into account, there probably wasn’t a more fitting result for Rochester Adams and Stoney Creek to have than finishing with a 1-1 tie in Tuesday’s boys soccer matchup of intra-city rivals.

It was also the season opener for both, so getting to open the 2009 campaign against each other probably added to the incentive in practice to prepare hard for the upcoming season.

“I like it,” first-year Adams head coach Josh Hickey said. “You start with a good team like that, you come out strong and you know you’re not going to play a team you’re just going to handle. You know they’re going to give you a fight.”

Of the two, Adams might have felt the best about coming away with a draw.

After scoreless first half, Stoney Creek took a 1-0 lead with 33:54 left in the game on a goal by senior Jordan Tyler, who took a pass from junior Colin Wilden, dribbled amongst a group of defenders and fired a shot into the goal from roughly 20 yards out.

Tyler can play any position on the field and played the first half at midfield, but Stoney Creek head coach Phil Moore felt the start of the second half was a good time to move Tyler up front.

“It was a tactical decision,” Moore said. “We felt like out of anybody on our squad, Jordan could beat their central defender, who was cleaning up everything.”

Ironically, seconds before the goal, Tyler was imploring his teammates to serve the ball up top to him, and Wilden obliged.

Following the goal, Tyler moved back to the midfield to help Stoney Creek preserve the lead, something the Cougars did until there was 9:52 left in the game.

Off Alex Czirmer’s free kick from 40 yards out, Adams tied the game when senior James Davis recovered the loose ball among a scrum of bodies in the box and fired the ball into the net to tie the game at 1-1.

Up to that point, Adams had numerous chances to score off of scrums in the box, thanks to the bullet throw-ins of Jordan Littleson, but the Highlanders couldn’t get quite get off a shot on any of those occasions.

Finally, Davis was able to get some room and cash in.

“We’ve just got to get more aggressive in that box,” Hickey said. “A lot of those are all aggression. You’ve got to want it more. Opportunities will come.”

Even though the two teams are in the same division of the Oakland Activities Association, Tuesday’s contest was a non-league game.

With the OAA going to just two divisions, each team only has one league game with each opponent. The designated league game between the Cougars and Highlanders is slated for Sept. 29 at Stoney Creek, but Tuesday’s game was added so the rivals could have the opportunity to play twice this season.

 

“We had the option to not play Adams twice, but that was one team I wanted to play twice,” Moore said.

E-mail Keith Dunlap at keith.dunlap@oakpress.com

 



Friday, August 28
Highlanders Blaze Their Own Trail Against Ann Arbor

ADAMS 4 - PIONEER 1

The Adams soccer team traveled to Ann Arbor Thursday night, and made the trip worth it by defeating Pioneer H.S. 4-1.

The Highlanders took control of the game midway through the first half on a goal by Tom Carrio following a long run down the left touchline and centering pass by Dylan Knott. Adams tallied a second goal several minutes later when Sam Suchta buried a shot off a feed from George Patsarikas.

Adams continued to control play in the second half, and added an insurance goal when Suchta sent a cross into the box that Morley Burns ran onto and put into the back of the net.

The final Highlander tally, truly a thing of beauty. started with a Jordan Littleson throw-in 18 yards up the touchline. As they have been all season, Jordan's missel of a throw arrived to the front of goal on a rope where a determined Cameron Casey fighting through the crowd willed himself to get on the end of it and made no mistake as he drove it home with conviction on an outstanding 1-timer header. Outstanding! And sass what the papers say. We're not going to allow a hoopy referee who doesn't realize there is no such thing as offside from a throw-in erase that effort. 3-1 is what the papers will say. 4-1 was the score.

Kevin Soisson and the back four stood HUGE during Pioneer's last ditch efforts to close the gap. Coach Josh said it was like "train the keeper" and could not have been more proud of the effort. Justin, Joey, Alex, Jordan, James... what a great job. And Kevin - you are the man... a whirling dervish... the tazmanian devil. As Josh was telling me all about it, I was very sorry I couldn't be there to see it. Kevin earns his first win in goal, posting 11 saves for the game.

Adams now stand at 1-0-1 on the young season.

GREAT JOB BOYS!

 

also played tonight:
ADAMS JV 2 - PIONEER JV 1
ADAMS FROSH 2 - ATHENS FROSH 2 

 

NEXT UP:
Monday, 31 Aug. Adams host Grand Blanc. JV 5:30; Varsity 7:00
Monday, 31 Aug. Freshmon team travel to Rochester H.S. Game-Time 4:30. 



Tuesday, September 1
Grand Blanc gets late goal to beat Adams

ADAMS 1 - GRAND BLANC 2 

by MICHAEL WALLWORK Special to The Oakland Press

ROCHESTER HILLS — Ryan Keener headed in his second goal of the game off a free kick by Vincent McKeoun with just over six minutes to play to give the Grand Blanc Bobcats a 2-1 win over the host Rochester Adams Highlanders in boys soccer action on Monday.
Keener's header capped a tightly contested, defensive battle.

The teams moved the ball up and down the field, but each defense was very organized and gave up very few good chances to score.
 
The Adams defense led by Justin Wineke, with help from their midfield. Junior Matt Szilard was able to limit the Bobcats to just a few quality scoring chances, but it wasn’t enough as the Bobcat defense led by Keener was just a little bit better.
 
Grand Blanc started quickly, putting a lot of pressure on Adams right away and getting a goal just four minutes into the game when Keener headed in a corner kick by McKeoun.
 
"I thought we started fast,” Bobcat coach Greg Kehler said. “Then got complacent and that’s credit to them (Adams). They came at us harder.”
 
Adams would respond, slowly taking control of the game as the first half wore on.
 
“We were on our heels the first 10 to 15 minutes,” Adams coach Josh Hickey noted, “It took us 20 minutes to get settled in.”
 
Sparked by Dylan Knott and Tom Carrio, the Highlander offense began to assert itself, consistently getting deep into Bobcat territory, only to be turned away by a well-organized defense.
 
The Highlanders would finally score, midway through the second half, when Knott broke free again, down the left sideline and centered a ball to Sam Suchta who slotted it home to tie the game at 1-1.
 
Shortly afterwards, goalkeepers Corey Cunningham for Grand Blanc and Kevin Soisson of Rochester Adams would be called on to make spectacular saves on breakaways to preserve the tie, but both were up to the challenge, keeping the game tied until Keener got free for his header late in the game.
 
After the game, Kehler was happy to come out of the game with a win.
 
“It was a big win. It’s always tough to win here against a tough Adams team,” he said. He also felt his team played pretty well overall.

 

“I thought we defended well and scored some timely goals,” he added.

 

Hickey was a little disappointed at his team’s slow start but was pleased with how they responded after the first fifteen minutes.

 

“They stepped it up,” he said.

 

The win keeps Grand Blanc unbeaten at 3-0. Adams slips to 1-1-1. The Highlanders will try to rebound Tuesday against Andover.


Wednesday, September 2
Over And Done Over Andover

ADAMS 1 - ANDOVER 0 

Rochester Adams got back on the winning side of scoreboard Tuesday, defeating Bloomfield Hills Andover 1-0. George Patsarikas assisted on a Morley Burns goal in the first half for Adams, which lifted its record to 2-1-1. Kevin Soisson had the shutout in net for the Highlanders.



Friday, September 3
Dragons Slither Past Adams

ADAMS 1 - LAKE ORION 2

Rochester Adams fell to Lake Orion, 2-1 in their only matchup of the season. The Highlanders' goal was scored by Mickey Biebelhausen.



Friday, September 10
Dueces to you

ADAMS 2 - CLARKSTON 2

Adams showed its resilience Thursday at Clarkston, coming back twice from one-goal deficits to earn a 2-2 tie with the Wolves in the teams' only meeting of the year.

Down 1-0, Alex Czirmer knocked in a loose ball in the box to knot up the score. Clarkston scored just prior to halftime on a breakaway goal, and carried their lead through much of the second half, until Joey Dillon scored the equalizer.

Adams stands 2-3-2 on the season.



Wednesday, September 15
Maples Fall to overwhelming Highlanders

ADAMS 5 - SEAHOLM 1

The Highlanders got back into the win column on Tuesday, soundly defeating the Seaholm Maples, 5-1. Justin Wineke, who ended up with a hat trick on the evening, got the Highlanders on the board first off a corner kick from Matt Szilard. Kosta Patsarikas then scored on a feed from Dylan Knott, and Wineke put Adams up 3-0 on a feed from Alex Czirmer. Adams continued to apply pressure in the second half. Joey Dillon scored off of a Lucas Luna assist, and Wineke notched the game's final goal off a pass from Morley Burns. Adams stands 3-3-2 on the season.



Friday, September 18
Red Hawks Downed
ADAMS 4 - ATHENS 1

 

Adams ran its unbeaten streak to 3 games Thursday, soundly defeating Troy Athens, 4-1. Justin Wineke opened the scoring by depositing a centering pass from Justin Kane. Athens answered with a goal of its own shortly thereafter, but the rest of the match belonged to the Highlanders. Adams benefited from an Athens own-goal to go up 2-1, then scored again in the first half off a Morley Burns goal on an assist from Wineke. Adams held the Red Hawks in check the entire second half with solid defensive play from Mickey Biebelhausen, Alex Czirmer, Joey Censoni, Matt Szilard, Jordan Littleson, and GK Kevin Soisson. The Highlanders cemented the win with another Burns goal off a Wineke assist, and ran their record to 4-3-2 at the midway point of the season.



Tuesday, September 22
Highlanders Crush Cross-Town Rival

ADAMS 3 - ROCHESTER 0 

Adams had all the right moves this night

Adams routs Rochester in physical rivalry game

By ROSS MAGHIELSE Special to The Oakland Press   

ROCHESTER HILLS — Rivalry games are viewed with great importance for good reason. They are games of the highest intensity, and the results are not soon forgotten by either team.

The Rochester and Rochester Adams soccer rivalry was in full swing Tuesday night, as Adams (5-3-2) defeated the Falcons, 3-0, in what was an intense and downright physical contest.

“Today we knew it was going to be a big fight,” Adams head coach Josh Hickey said. “This was a cross-town rivalry, and there’s a lot more testosterone than their is skill in a game like this, but we worked hard and were able to get out on top this time.”

Both teams played tough and physical for 80 minutes, and at times even exceedingly so. There were a total of seven yellow cards given in the contest.

“This game is a true example of a situation where you can throw all the records out,” Rochester head coach Chris Purgatori said. “It’s the classic cross-town rival, they don’t like us, we don’t like them, and that’s the way this game has always been played.”

Purgatori — who played his high school soccer at Rochester and has been a part of the Highlanders and Falcons rivalry for a long time — was disappointed with how his team played in this game.

“In a statement game like this, we’ve got to come out and play up to our fullest potential. Tonight we came out flat, and just didn’t play well,” said Purgatori.

Rochester (6-5-1) had just one shot on goal the entire game.

“Defensively, I thought our guys played really well,” Hickey said. “We’ve got some leaders on our defense, and they’ve really stepped up and taken ownership of it this year.”

The Highlanders got their first goal when Alex Czirmer scored on an open net in the 13th minute of the first half. Rochester goalkeeper Christ Stewart was taken out of the play after a collision with an Adams player, leaving the net wide open for Czirmer to score.

Adams took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

“I actually don’t think that first goal was too much of a factor, we just didn’t create enough chances for ourselves throughout the game,” Purgatori said.

The Highlanders took a 2-0 lead in the 22nd minute of the second half, when Tom Carrio beat the Falcons defense and placed a shot into the far corner of the net. Adams had several other chances to add to its lead in the following minutes after their second goal, but Stewart turned away three point-blank range shots to keep the game within reach.

“Their keeper played great, I would say we’ve got to do a better job of finishing but he just made some outstanding saves and kept them in the game,” Hickey said.

Adams finally was able to add another goal onto the scoreboard with eight minutes remaining in the game. Much like the first score, the last goal came under unfortunate circumstances for the Falcons. Highlanders captain Morley Burns fired a shot from about 14 yards out that deflected off the shin of a Falcon defender, and lofted over and out of Stewart’s reach for a goal.

“It (the outcome) was disappointing,” said Purgatori. “We’ve shown that when we play the way we’re capable of playing, that we can beat just about anybody in the state. But if we come out and play like we did tonight, we’re not going to have as many opportunities to win games.”



Friday, September 24
Knight Fall

ADAMS 1 - LAHSER 0 

Burns lifts Adams to victory on senior night

By MICHAEL WALLWORK Special to The Oakland Press

ROCHESTER HILLS — Senior captain Morley Burns scored the only goal for Rochester Adams on senior night as the Highlanders disposed of a game group of Bloomfield Hills Lahser Knights, 1-0, on Thursday night in an Oakland Activities Association soccer game.

The game itself was as even as the score line indicated, with the final shot total 4-3 in favor of Adams. But the goalies were much busier than the score line would indicate. Both Highlanders keeper Kevin Soisson and Lahser netminder Evan Wahl had a lot to do, frequently coming off their lines to claim crosses and cut down the angle on opposing attackers.

Despite a number of chances for each team, neither the Knights nor the Highlanders were able to break through the opposing defense and get a shot on goal until Burns scored with about twelve minutes to play in the first half when he ran onto a loose ball at the top of the penalty area and fired it home to give Adams the only goal they would need.

“It was a screappy game,” Adams coach Josh Hickey commented after the game. “Either team could have walked away with a win.”

After the game, both coaches were pretty happy with their teams.

“I think we played well,” Knights coach Dougie MacAulay said, “I thought we competed well with a good school.”

Hickey was similarly pleased.

“We played well today,” he said. “We were working hard, and I didn’t see any mental lapses.”

Hickey was particularly pleased with the play of his defense, led by junior Matt Szilard.

“The whole back line looked great,” he said.

Both coaches were also pleased to see their teams progressing and playing better as the season begins to wind down and the playoffs just three weeks away.

“I’m happy with the way the team’s playing.” MacAulay would say of his Knights. “It’s all fine tuning now.”

Hickey believes his team is also begin to come around at the right time.

“I think in the last three games we’ve made a turn,” he said. “We’re working as a team and avoiding the mental lapses and seeing that pleases me.”

Hickey’s squad improves to 6-3-2 overall and 5-2-1 in OAA Red play. The Highlanders’ next game is against the unbeaten Troy Colts at Troy on Saturday.

The loss drops Lahser to 3-8-3 overall and 2-3-2 in OAA Red. The Knights’ next game is on Tuesday when they host Clarkston.



Monday, September 28
Colts Corralled

ADAMS 5 - TROY 0 

Adams had all the right moves this night

Adams hands Troy its first defeat

Colts get tied up in Knott(s)

By MICHAEL WALLWORK Special to The Oakland Press

TROY — The Rochester Adams Highlanders were downright unruly guests on Saturday afternoon, thumping the previously unbeaten Troy Colts, 5-0, in a contest between two Oakland Activities Association Red Division members.

Troy had won the previous meeting, 2-0, on Sept 8, but Adams made it clear early on that this would be a different game when Dylan Knott took a pass from Alex Czirmir, made a couple of nice moves in the penalty box and fired it home to stake Adams to a 1-0 lead just 8:19 into the game. Joey Dillon would score six minutes later on a pass from Knott, and the Highlanders would never look back, controlling the game and never giving the Colts much chance to get back in it.

"We came out really focused and knew what we wanted to do, and we finished our opportunities," Adams coach Josh Hickey would say after the game.

After the game, Troy coach Dave Hicklin was clearly disappointed with the result. "Adams came and played well, and we came and didn't play very well," he said.

The overall shot board was even at 10-10, but it didn't reflect the quality of opportunities. Few of Troy's shots were particularly threatening, though Adams' goalkeeper Kevin Soisson was called on to make two tough saves in the second half as Troy was trying to fight its way back into the game.

Meanwhile, seemingly every shot Adams taken was a good one. The Highlanders scored on their first three shots — all perfectly placed balls that gave the goalkeeper no chance to make a save. For the game, five different Highlanders scored. In addition to Knott and Dillon, the Highlanders got goals from Tom Carrio, Justin Wineke, and Sam Suchta.

While fans couldn't help but notice the offensive explosion, Adams coach Josh Hickey was equally pleased with his defense of Matt Szillard, Mickey Biebelhausen, and Joey Censoni after the game. "They really just controlled the game. I can't say enough about them," he said.

At the other end, it was Joey Dillon drawing praise from both coaches as he orchestrated the Adams attack. "Dillon kept it solid in the middle, along with Morley Burns," Hickey would say after the game.

Adams seems to be peaking at the right time. The Highlanders have now won five in a row, including three straight shutouts. "We're on a roll right now, " Hickey said. "I knew these guys had it in them to compete with the best teams in the state. It was just a matter of these guys believing in themselves, and these last two weeks, they seem to be believing."

The Highlanders, now 7-3-2, will try to keep their roll going on Tuesday when they travel to crosstown rival Stoney Creek.

After suffering their first loss of the year, Troy has to regroup in time for Tuesday's game at Birmingham Seaholm. "We'll have a meeting and try to turn it around," Hicklin said. The Colts(8-1-1) still have a lot to play for, both during the regular season and the postseason. Since today's game did not count in the OAA Red standings, the Colts still sport an unbeaten record in league play heading into Tuesday's game against Seaholm.



Friday, October 1
Adams cruise to shutout win over Avondale

ADAMS 3 - AVONDALE 0 

 

Adams had all the right moves this night By MICHAEL WALLWORK Special to The Oakland Press

 

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Rochester Adams Highlanders defeated the Avondale Yellow Jackets, 3-0, on Thursday night at Highlander Field in a boys soccer game.

The Highlanders and Yellow Jackets played a spirited contest that was closer than the final score would appear.

Play largely went back and forth as both teams worked hard and had their chances.

Adams scored quickly, when Dylan Knott pounced on a rebound in the box to make it 1-0 just 7:30 into the contest.

“We played hard,” Avondale coach Dave Muczynski said. “But we have a bad habit of giving up early goals.”

Adams would make it 2-0 later in the first half when James Davis headed down a corner kick and Joey Dillon fired home the loose ball. George Patsarikas would close out the scoring for the Highlanders with a second half goal that put the game firmly out of reach.

While Adams controlled the ball more, Avondale would continue to fight hard. The Yellow Jacket attack, led by Johnny Nofs and Dylan Kennedy, would generate their share of chances. But the Adams defense, led by Alex Czirmer, was able to consistently turn Avondale away at the crucial juncture.

Adams coach Josh Hickey was pleased with his team.

“I thought they played well and consistently,” he said. “It was a consistent effort all around.”

This was a friendly rivalry tonight , and both coaches had good things to say about their opponents after the game as well.

“Josh (Hickey) is one of the better young coaches out there,” Muczinski said. “They(Adams) played disciplined and moved the ball well. They had a game plan and stuck to it.”

Hickey was also complimentary of the effort Avondale put forth.

“I thought they(Avondale) came out hard and we had to weather that physical - in a good way- mentality that they brought,” he said.

The win improves the Highlanders’ record to 9-3-2 overall and 7-2-1 in Oakland Activities Association Red. The Highlanders travel to Romeo on Saturday for a non-conference game before returning to league action on Tuesday with a trip to Royal Oak to take on the Ravens. Avondale drops to 5-9-2 overall and 2-7-1 in OAA Red.



Monday, October 4
The Fight In The Dog

ADAMS 3 - ROMEO 3

ROMEO — Rochester Adams’ boys soccer team entered Saturday’s game against Romeo having gone seven-consecutive games without a loss.Thanks to the late-game heroics from Tom Carrio, the Highlanders kept the streak alive, coming away with a 3-3 tie.

Carrio’s goal occured with less than two minutes remaining in the game, which was played in less than ideal conditions — wet, muddy grass. Justin Wineke and James Davis each scored goals for the Highlanders (9-3-3). Saul Orozco, Evan Simpson and Joe Shepherd all scored goals for Romeo (12-2-2).



Wednesday, October 6
Weathering the Storm

ADAMS 3 - ROYAL OAK 1 

by SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN Special to The Oakland Press

ROYAL OAK — Gutting out games in hostile waters under unsavory conditions tests a team’s character. Rochester Adams passed such a test with flying colors, going on the road to face off against Royal Oak on Tuesday night and coming out with a 3-1 win.

The game, played in the midst of a steady and hard rain, was won by the Highlanders in the second half, when they scored two straight goals to break a 1-1 deadlock in the final 25 minutes.

Kosta Patsarikis notched the game-winner off an assist from senior forward Joey Dillon. Justin Weineke followed with an insurance goal, also off an assist from Dillon, who scored the first goal of the night on a penalty kick in the first half.

Josh Hickey, the Highlanders head coach, liked what he saw from his squad when faced with the weather’s unfriendly elements.

“The weather was a factor on both ends, but my guys played tough to the end and took home a very respectable win,” he said. “I think the rain disrupted each of our gameplans at the start and both of us had to adjust. We put in our chances and played strong defense. That’s what wins soccer games. This matchup tonight was what a conference game should be — it was aggressive to the point of neither team playing dirty and it was heated until the final whistle blew. I think we did an exceptional job of matching their intensity.”

Adams pushes its overall record to 10-3-3, 8-2-1 in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division. The victory guarantees the Highlanders, ranked No. 10 in the state in Division 1 by The Associated Press, at least a second-place finish in the conference.

Senior netminder Kevin Soisson stretched out to make four saves and collect the win in goal.

Royal Oak knotted the game at 1-1 early in the second half off a goal by Luke Miller.

The Ravens fall to 12-3-4 overall, 5-3-2 in league play. Wilson Jenkins made a game-high six saves for Royal Oak.

Despite taking it on the chin on Tuesday, the Ravens have been playing solid soccer all season long. At one point in the time, they held a state ranking. Head coach Aaron Pheil is happy with his team’s overall effort.

“We played hard the whole game, and I thought if a bounce would have gone one way or another, we could have come out of this one with a win,” he said. “This was a well-played contest all around. Each team laid it all out there. Adams was the better team tonight, plain and simple. We had our chances at the net and couldn’t finish. It’s frustrating, but these kids are winners and I know they’ll bounce back.”

Adams doesn’t have much time to celebrate its win. The Highlanders must immediately start preparing for a sure-to-be difficult non-conference home game against perennial power Warren De La Salle on Thursday. After that, the Highlanders will head into game-planning mode for their cross-town showdown with Rochester on Monday.



Thursday, October 8
Pilots Shot Down

ADAMS 2 - DeLaSALLE 0

Adams had all the right moves this night

Adams wins premier matchup 

Highlanders blank DeLaSalle

By MICHAEL WALLWORK Special to The Oakland Press

 ROCHESTER HILLS - The Rochester Adams Highlanders defeated the Warren DeLaSalle Pilots, 2-0, in a non-conference battle between two premier teams Thursday.

 The game was a back and forth affair, especially in the first half. Both teams were able to move the ball, but tight marking by both sides limited the offensive opportunities for each team. The Pilots had been living a bit dangerously, however, by giving Adams numerous offensive zone free kicks, and the Highlanders finally burned them with 53 seconds to play in the half when Joey Dillon ran onto an arcing free kick by Matt Szilard. The goal proved to be a catalyst for Adams. "They ended the first half with momentum and started the next with momentum," DeLaSalle assistant coach Skipper Mukhtar said after the game.

 Adams would use the momentum to full advantage, adding its second goal just after halftime when Dylan Knott blazed down the left side and found Justin Wineke in the box. Wineke banged it in for a 2-0 lead that Adams would maintain for the rest of the game.

 After Wineke's goal, the Pilot defense, led by sweeper Nick Zingas, would clamp down hard, holding the Highlanders without a shot for the rest of the game. But as DeLaSalle pressed forward, the Adams defense was equal to the task. Matt Szilard, James Davis, and the rest of the Highlander defense would allow just three shots on goal all night. The defense had plenty of help from a hard-working midfield. Led by a trio of seniors — Joey Dillon, Morley Burns and Sam Suchta — the Highlanders pressed the Pilots at every opportunity.

After the game, Adams coach Josh Hickey was very pleased with his team. "I thought we worked hard as a collective group, and everyone supported each other," he said.

The Highlander work ethic was seen as a key to the game by Mukhtar as well. "They won every battle," he said. 

The loss drops DeLaSalle's record to 12-3-4 overall. Adams, meanwhile, improves to 11-3-3 overall. The Highlanders conclude their regular season on Monday when they host crosstown rival Rochester. Monday's game will not count in the OAA Red standings as the teams already met in league play with Adams winning, 3-0, on Sept. 22.



Monday, October 12
Highlanders Take Care of Business

ADAMS 4 - ROCHESTER 2 

Adams ended its regular season on a high note Monday evening, taking care of crosstown rival Rochester, 4-2.

With the win, Adams concludes it regular season having gone unbeaten in its last 12 games at 10-0-2.

Kosta Patsarikas and Justin Kane each scored two goals for the Highlanders, who finish the 2009 regular season 12-3-3 (8-2-1 OAA Red -- tied for second). Adams will host Clarkston, a team it tied, 2-2, earlier this season, next Monday in its playoff opener.



Tuesday, October 20
Highlanders show ambition

ADAMS 3 - CLARKSTON 2 

By SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN Special to The Oakland Press

 ROCHESTER HILLS — In 1990, pop superstar and Oakland County-native Madonna set off on her Blonde Ambition Tour and played to sold out crowds across the world.

 Nineteen years later, the soccer team at the Material Girl’s alma mater, Rochester Adams, is trying to put together its very own blond ambition tour through the state tournament. The Highlanders got off on the right foot in that regard, showing off their brand new bleached-blond hairdos and a hefty helping of ambitious play from their offense, as they beat visiting Clarkston, 3-2, in the opening game of the Division 1 Lake Orion district Monday night.

 Adams senior forward Joey Dillon headed in the gamewinning goal at the 15:49 mark of the second half off a corner kick by teammate Matt Szilard. Dillon finished with two goals in the game, both off headers via Szilard corner kicks.

 “On both goals, I made a run to the back post and Matt placed great kicks in the box for me to convert,” Dillon said. “Tonight was a physical game through and through. Nobody wanted their season to end, so we were each playing with reckless abandon. Things got a little chippy, but we didn’t let it get to us and came through with the tough win. We have 13 seniors on this team and everybody knows their jobs. When we work together, good things happen.”

 With the win over the Wolves, Adams advances into the district semifinals to face Ortonville-Brandon — 2-1 winners over Waterford Kettering — in a 5 p.m. game at Lake Orion High School on Wednesday.

 Holding the No. 8 ranking in the state in Division 1, according to the latest rankings, the Highlanders improve their overall record to 13-3-3.

 Jumping in front 2-0 on a Dillon header and a goal by Alex Czirmer on a free kick, Adams looked to be in control of the game with the clock winding down towards halftime.

 However, Clarkston rallied back with fierce intensity. Jake Ray’s goal in the closing minutes of the first half made it 2-1, and then Connor Hall’s breakaway score off a perfectly-struck crossing pass from teammate Garrett Gotaas with 19:06 left to play knotted things up at 2-2.

 Things didn’t remain deadlocked for long, though, as Dillon headed in his gameclincher on a play that was almost identical to his firsthalf goal.

 Josh Hickey, the Highlanders’ first-year head coach, likes the way his team has been progressing through the season — Adams finished the regular season undefeated (10 wins and two ties) in its last 12 games.

 “We’ve made great strides with each game this whole season,” said Hickey, following the triumph. “We stayed focused and finished up our schedule on a real high-note coming into the tournament. That type of mentality carried us tonight. We were fortunate to pull this one out. Clarkston came at us with an outstanding game plan and kept pounding away the entire 80 minutes.

 The Wolves bow from the state tournament with a final season record of 11-6-4.



Thursday, October 22
SEMI TOUGH

ADAMS 1 - BRANDON 0

At Lake Orion. In the first district Semi-Final matchup between Adams and Brandon, The Highlanders held tough to one goal advantage and made it pay off, defeating a very game Blackhawks team.

 Adams held possession and dictated tempo throughout the entire match, creating many quality chances, but the Blackhawks squad taking a bend-but-don’t-break approach, were able to dodge most of the Highlander bullets.

 The exception, which proved the decisive factor, came early in the second half courtesy of a picture perfect corner kick delivered by Matt Szilard. James Davis tracked the ball into the far-post area and headed it home for the only awarded goal of the game.

 Minutes later Joey Dillon scored on a free kick second but the goal was disallowed due to an errant offside call.

 The rest of the half played out much the same way. Brandon worked hard and mounted several counters during some promising stretches, but the experience and maturity of Adams really shone through and the Highlanders took care of business with a calm and steady manner to secure the 1-0 victory.

 Kevin Soisson had the shutout in net for the Highlanders. Greg Lanthier had 13 saves in goal for Brandon (11-8-3).

 Adams will face Stoney Creek in the District Final Saturday, 24 Oct, 2:00 at Lake Orion Stadium.

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Sunday, October 25
Putting it all together

ADAMS 1 (SO) - STONEY CREEK 0 

By KYLE DUDA Special to The Oakland Press

 LAKE ORION — For the past two months, Rochester Adams’ boys soccer team has proven it can do one thing better than most: Win.

 Although it wasn’t always pretty, the Highlanders extended their unbeaten streak to 15 games, as they edged Stoney Creek in a shootout — Adams scored three goals in the shootout, while the Cougars scored two goals — to win a Division 1 district championship, 1-0.

 “Before our run, I knew this was a special team and then they started to put it all together,” Adams head coach Josh Hickey said, as his team has amassed a 13-0-2 in its last 15 games.

 With the win, the Highlanders (15-3-3) will play Midland Dow in their regional matchup at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lake Orion High School.

 Playing for the third time this season, the Cougars and the Highlanders refused to give an inch, shadowing one another down the field, anticipating moves, making it difficult for either team to garner a solid shot on goal. For players and coaches on both sides, it was what was expected, as neither squad has allowed more than two goals in their previous two meetings against one another. The Highlanders won the season series, 2-0-1.

 After playing to a scoreless tie at the end of regulation and two 15-minute overtimes, the Highlanders’ goalkeeper, Kevin Soisson, continued his stellar play in the high-pressure shootout.

 Soisson, whom teammates have dubbed “Stonewall Soisson”, made two saves in the shootout, while one shot was wide of the net.

 “It’s a little guessing,” Soisson said about facing the shooters. “I watch their eyes, and sometimes they (shoot it) the opposite way they’re looking and I go the opposite way. I got a save like that.”

 Although it was Soisson’s first appearance as a goalkeeper in an official shootout, he certainly has had plenty of practice.

 For the past two weeks, the Highlanders have devoted the last 20 minutes of each practice to penalty kicks, and it undoubtedly paid off. Soisson had nothing but praise for coach Hickey, whom he described as the “smartest coach” he’s ever played for. Hickey was quick to reciprocate with the praise.

 “It’s his first year (as a goalkeeper) and he’s proving he’s one of the best in the state,” Hickey said. “Now is his time.”

 Joey Dillon, Justin Wineke and Alex Czirmer all scored goals in the shootut for Adams.

 “It was kind of tough going into penalty kicks,” Dillon said. “You’re a little nervous, but you have to have faith in your shot and confidence in your teammates.”

 With the score tied, 2-2, Czirmer, the team’s fifth shooter, stepped into the box and came through in the clutch, scoring the game-ending goal.

 Hickey said his team’s hard work and dedication is what sets it apart from the rest.

 Stoney Creek, which concludes its season at 14-4-4, missed its first two shots in the shootout — Soisson made a save on the first shot, and the next shot was wide of the net. Ryan Finstad and Zach Schewee each scored goals in the shootout for the Cougars.

 “I’m really proud of them and it’s yet another piece to build on for next season,” Stoney Creek head coach Phil Moore said.

 Turnovers proved to be costly for the Cougars, according to Moore. Whenever the Cougars appeared poised to make a run at the net, especially in the second half and in both overtimes, the Highlanders would come up with a steal, killing Stoney Creek’s momentum.

 Adams outshot the Cougars, 5-3, on the game. The Highlanders registered two shots on goal in overtime.

 Stoney Creek goalkeeper, Anthony Shepherd, proved to be equally impressive opposite Soisson, as he came up with two acrobatic saves to keep his Cougars alive.

 ***

 Adams will face Midland Dow in the Regional Semi-Final Tuesday, 27 Oct, 5:00 or 7:00 (still to be determined) at Lake Orion Stadium.

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Tuesday, October 27
Adams defeats Midland Dow 2-1 in boys soccer regional

ADAMS 2 - MIDLAND DOW 1 

By KEITH DUNLAP of The Oakland Press

 LAKE ORION — Going into a Division 1 regional semifinal against Midland Dow on Tuesday, one couldn’t blame Rochester Adams boys soccer coach Josh Hickey if he feared that his team would be somewhat emotionally spent.

 The Highlanders spent last week playing three mentally and physically draining district games, none more so than a shootout win over city rival Stoney Creek in a district final on Saturday afternoon.

 Just three days later, Adams had to crank it up once again, versus an opponent many expected it to beat.

 “It’s a funny thing,” Hickey said. “In my head maybe I was thinking that maybe these guys were a little drained, but they don’t feel that at all. We just came into practice the day before and they looked like they were ready to go then.”

 The Highlanders showed they were ready, recording a 2-1 win over Dow to advance to a regional final against Utica Eisenhower at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Lake Orion.

 If Adams wins that game, it’ll not only advance to the state semifinals, but it’ll get to play on its home field, since Adams has been selected to host that semifinal game by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

 With the game tied 1-1, Adams senior James Davis scored the game-winning goal with 21:46 remaining in the game.

 Sophomore Dylan Knott won a loose ball in the left corner of the field and fed a perfect cross into the box to Davis, who headed home the ball just inside the near post.

 “It was a great pass,” Davis said. “He always puts it in right where I needed it. I just headed it in. I just got my head on it and hit it down. It happened to go in.”

 From there, Adams did a beautiful job killing the remaining time by keeping Dow away from its end of the field.

 When the Chargers did manage to get near the Adams goal, the Highlanders’ defense was there to clear the ball out of any danger.

 Hickey said the difference for his team in the game was simple.

 “Finishing,” Hickey said. “Just getting opportunities to finish. They countered quite a bit and had their own chances. We just had to finish ours.”

 The first opportunity Adams finished came with 1:46 left in the first half, just when it seemed like the teams were going to go into halftime scoreless.

 A service was placed into the Dow box, where Joey Censoni of Adams and the Dow goalie collided as they were going for the ball.

 The ball popped free, right to the feet of Adams junior Justin Kane, who took advantage of the chance by shooting the ball just inside the far post to give the Highlanders a 1-0 lead.

 Dow then tied the game with 32:54 remaining on a goal by Connor Baak, who took a pass at the top of the Adams box from teammate Michael Finn and fired a perfect shot that went into the top-right corner of the net to make it a 1-1 game.

Fortunately for Adams, though, Knott and Davis were able to hook up for the game-winning goal to send the Highlanders into a regional final showdown with Eisenhower, which beat Flushing in the other semifinal, 2-0.

Adams (16-3-3) is now unbeaten in its last 16 games, but didn’t play Eisenhower during the regular season.

The winner between Adams and Eisenhower will advance to the semifinals next Wednesday, where it will meet the winner of Friday’s regional final between Novi and Birmingham Brother Rice.

“I think it’s going to be the same old story that we had all district,” Hickey said of playing Eisenhower. “We have to come out hard on them, we have to make sure we’re ready to play and we shut down their weapons. We have to play our system and make sure we don’t get caught up in their system.”

 E-mail Keith Dunlap at keith.dunlap@oakpress.com



Friday, October 30
Eagles clipped
Published: Friday, October 30, 2009
By John K. Schroder, Special to The Macomb Daily

 LAKE ORION — With two second half goals, Rochester Adams squashed the hopes and dreams of Macomb County's lone boys soccer district champion as the Highlanders knocked out Eisenhower 2-0 in a Division 1 regional championship match played on the turf at Lake Orion's Soccer Stadium.

 Georgetown-bound senior Joey Dillon scored both goals within a five-minute span midway through the second half to send the Highlanders (17-3-3) home to host next Wednesday night's state semifinal match against the winner of the Novi-Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice battle on Friday night at Troy.

 Eisenhower secured a regional semifinal win with a 2-0 victory over Flushing earlier in the week, but with the loss the Eagles close their season with a MAC Red championship and an overall record of 18-3-2.

 The yellow-clad Highlanders looked like yellowjackets swarming a soda can throughout the game and their constant ball-hawking defense turned into quick overlapping counters that kept Eisenhower on its collective heels throughout the game.

 Adams outshot Eisenhower, 20-5, including a 12-1 margin in the second half and the Highlanders were finally rewarded with two goals.

 Dillon, who rattled a shot off the crossbar midway through the opening half, teed up a 25-yard free kick that caromed off an Eisenhower defender's head and dropped safely under the crossbar and into the net with 18:06 to play.

 "Kris is a great goalie and he had a good read on it," said Eisenhower coach Josh Van Houten. "Those deflections kill you. Unfortunately, there was an extra flick and that's all it took."

 The Highlanders capitalized again on one of their 10 corner kicks, when Ike's defense failed to clear Matt Szilard's serve into the box and Dillon again banked a shot off an Eagles defender and into the net with 13:25 to play in regulation.

 Eisenhower's only shot of the second half came off the foot of junior Joey Tinnion with 3:01 to play. The point blank save by Kevin Soisson was his third stop of the game and earned the team its ninth shutout of the season. Kris Weiss had six saves for the Eagles.

 The Eagles survived the first half with a 0-0 score despite Adams dictating the pace and earning good opportunities following corner kicks. Alex Czirmer's wicked shot was deflected off the crossbar by Weiss 10 minutes in and then Tom Carrio's header was stopped by an Ike defender on the goal line to keep the Eagles hopes alive at the intermission.

 Tinnion's chance to put the Eagles on the scoreboard came when he redirected a cross from the left flank, but a diving save by Soisson negated a possible 1-0 Eagles lead with 1:23 left in the opening half.

 "From what I hear, the ball was on the goal line and their goalie had his hand on it," Van Houten said of the Eagles scoring chance late in the first half. "It's unfortunate. A couple more inches. It's a game of inches."

 Adams coach Josh Hickey was relived the shot didn't go in and change the momentum after his team had dominated play.

 "We knew number 7 (Tinnion) was going to come at us," Hickey said. "He had that opportunity in the first half and he took it and almost put it in."

 But the Eagles couldn't muster enough offense against the up-tempo Adams attack.

 "They took away one of our key components of our game in Brent Schmid, " said Van Houten. "They really marked him out of the game. We were trying to use our outside midfielders and were successful getting the ball up but we couldn't get the ball into the net."

 The Eagles were forced out of their comfort zone and tried to play long ball but the Adams defense responded to the challenge and the Highlanders advanced by posting their 17th straight game without a loss (15-0-2) heading into the semifinal match.

 "You can't look at the season on just one game," said Van Houten. "We were very successful this year. I'm very proud of my guys. We definitely had a good squad this year and we hope to build on that next year."

 



Friday, October 30
Highlanders reach state semifinals

ADAMS 2 - EISENHOWER 0 

By KEITH DUNLAP of The Oakland Press

 LAKE ORION — Cue up Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” or whatever other tune out there that symbolizes a return home, because the Rochester Adams boys soccer team is headed there.

And no, it doesn’t mean the Highlanders are finished for the season.

On the contrary, Adams is very much alive and will not only get to play in a state semifinal, but will do so on its home field.

Thanks to a 2-0 win over Utica Eisenhower in a Division 1 regional final on Thursday, the Highlanders advanced to a state semifinal that will played at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Adams against the winner of tonight’s regional final at Troy between Birmingham Brother Rice and Novi.

 The Michigan High School Athletic Association last week chose either Adams or Saginaw Heritage to host the semifinal game, depending on the geographical location of the participating teams.

 Since it’ll be an all-Oakland County semifinal, there’s no need to go north, so Adams will now enjoy what should be a comfortable and frenzied environment on Wednesday.

 “It’s definitely an honor to be able to host that,” Adams head coach Josh Hickey said. “When I found out that might be the case, there definitely was some motivation there.”

 The Highlanders (17-3-3) will enter the semifinals on a 17-game unbeaten streak, thanks to senior captain Joey Dillon, who scored both goals of the game in the final 18:06.

 Up until then, Adams had to have been wondering if fate wasn’t on its side.

 The Highlanders dominated the possession and chances throughout the game and hit the crossbar twice on shots in the first half.

 The most thunderous of those clangs off of the crossbar came off the foot of Dillon, who had a point-blank shot in the Eisenhower box.

 “I was kicking myself in the foot a little bit,” Dillon said. “But I thought we kept possession and that we would be able to break through. It was a good team effort.”

 Dillon’s first goal came on a free kick from about 25 yards out after an Eisenhower foul. Given the hard luck Adams had in the first half, the Highlanders seemed due for a good bounce, and they got one.

Dillon’s shot was deflected slightly by the head of an Eisenhower defender, which caused the ball to knuckle under the crossbar and give Adams a 1-0 lead with 18:06 remaining.

 With 13:25 remaining, Dillon provided some insurance when he took a hard shot in the Eisenhower box that went off an Eisenhower defender who was standing just inside the far post and into the goal.

 “Just irreplaceable,” Hickey said of Dillon. “He’s starting to get some recognition. I think he’s had an opportunity to show on this platform just what he can do.”

 For the game, Adams had a whopping 10 corner kicks and outshot Eisenhower, 18-6.

 Adams senior goalie Kevin Soisson did make a couple of critical saves, one of which came toward the end of the first half when he just barely stopped a shot from going across the goal line.

 The second one came with three minutes left, as he stopped a shot by an Eisenhower player taken from roughly five feet in front of him.

 “It was just a matter of when they were going to go in,” Hickey said. “I had confidence in them and they had confidence.”

 Given it hasn’t lost in 17 games and gets to play a state semifinal game at home, the confidence should only increase for Adams going into Wednesday.

 “We noticed it,” Dillon said of when the MHSAA posted its semifinal sites last week. “But we tried not to look too far ahead and to just take it one game at a time.”

 E-mail Keith Dunlap at keith.dunlap@oakpress.com.



Wednesday, November 11
Tough Semi

ADAMS 0 - B. RICE 1 (OT) 

Highlanders Magnificent Run Ends with Tough OT loss 

By KEITH DUNLAP of The Oakland Press

 ROCHESTER HILLS — The shot rifled from roughly 25 yards out by Birmingham Brother Rice senior Adam Gorski might have ended up in the back of the net anyway.

 But given the tough breaks the Warriors had earlier, and how good Rochester Adams goalie Kevin Soisson is, Brother Rice junior Cameron Ireland decided it was best not to take any chances.

 Stationed right near Soisson, Ireland deflected Gorski’s shot into the goal with 12:48 left in the first overtime to give Brother Rice a 1-0 win over Adams in a Division 1 boys soccer state semifinal played at Adams on Wednesday.

 The goal sent Brother Rice’s bench and fans into a wild celebration and the Warriors into the state championship game for the third time this decade, where Brother Rice will meet Holt at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Troy Athens.

 Brother Rice tied Warren D La Salle in 2000 and lost to De La Salle in 2005 in its other championship game appearances.

 “I just deflected it to make sure it went in,” Ireland said. “There was a keeper there. It could’ve gone in, but who knows?”

 It was wise for Ireland to put his foot on the ball, because Brother Rice at that point had to feel a little snakebitten.

 In the first five minutes of the game, Brother Rice (15-3-6) had three glorious chances inside the Adams’ box, but none resulted in a goal. One went hard off of the crossbar. Another was stopped brilliantly by Soisson, while the ensuing rebound was elevated above the crossbar while Soisson was helplessly on the ground.

 With 24:30 left in the game, a deflection in the Adams box by Brother Rice forward Peter Hensoldt went inches wide of the far post.

 “Sometimes, when you don’t cash in those chances, they come back to haunt you,” Brother Rice head coach Barry Brodsky said. “As a coach, you’re trying to force that out of your mind and not think about it. You just keep working and good things are going to happen.”

 A good thing did happen for Brother Rice early in overtime, when it earned a corner kick. The Warriors didn’t score off of the corner kick, but the ball ended up coming out to Gorski, who was positioned roughly 25 yards from the goal.

 With all his momentum going forward, Gorski ripped a hard shot that got through the maze of bodies in the Adams box and to Ireland, who did the rest.

 “I really can’t believe this,” Gorski said. “With about 1:30 left in the game, I fired a shot that hit one of my players. My teammates picked me up and just said to keep shooting. The ball came down, I put one on the frame and Cameron just tipped it in.”

 Brother Rice carried the play in the first half, outshooting Adams, 6-2, and collecting two corner kicks. The Highlanders started coming on a bit late in the second half and had a lot of the play on the Brother Rice side of the field, but couldn’t manage to score on a Brother Rice defense that still hasn’t given up a goal in its state tournament run.

 Adams did have a golden opportunity of its own with 28:35 left in the game when a shot by junior Alex Czirmer caromed off of the post.

 “I thought we had some chances,” Adams head coach Josh Hickey said. “I think they had maybe better-looking chances, but I thought our chances were more a matter of they toe-poked it away or something like that.”

 After starting the season off slowly, Adams (17-4-3) entered Wednesday on a 17-game unbeaten streak and had hoped to advance to its first state final since 2001.

 “We knew it was going to be back-and-forth,” Hickey said. “They’re a good team. I thought it was a 50-50 game. I knew one break was going to end it. It was just unfortunate it happened with 2:12 into overtime. I don’t know what happened down there. It was a cluster in there and they had a shot on net that squirted through.”





Tuesday, April 28
Yellow Straightjacket

Adam - 0    Avondale – 1

The Adams Highlanders scoring woes, and losing skid, continued on Tuesday in a 1-0 loss to division foe Avondale. Yellowjackets standout Kayla Mannino scored from inside the six-yard box in the first half for the only goal her team would need on the evening. Andrea Meloff, Jackie Dospil and Angela Gerback, among others, had scoring chances throughout the game, but could not find the back of the net. Adams falls to 3-3 on the season and 0-1 in OAA play.



Friday, May 1
Adams falls in final minutes to Athens

Adams 1 - Athens 2

Troy Athens perserveres against Rochester Adams

Red Hawks score late goal to move into sole possession of first in OAA Red

by KEITH DUNLAP of The Oakland Press

 TROY — If you thought players, parents and other supporters of the Troy Athens girls soccer team cringed at the sight of wet and windy conditions on Thursday, just imagine how Athens head coach Tim Storch felt.

“When the weather has been (bad), we’ve been (bad),” Storch said. “It’s frustrating.”

Whether it was the conditions or a natural letdown, Athens certainly wasn’t as sharp against Rochester Adams as it was on Monday, when the Red Hawks played their best game of the season and handed No. 2-ranked Rochester its first loss of the season, 2-0.

However, neither the weather or not being at its best were enough to cost Athens a win.

Senior Jackie Short scored off a throw-in from junior Jordan Penz with 2:23 left in the game to give Athens a 2-1 victory over Adams in an Oakland Activities Association Red Division contest.

“I’m glad we persevered,” Storch said. “That’s the word of the day. We persevered.”

With the win, Athens (9-1-2, 4-0-1) moved into sole possession of first place in the OAA Red with 13 points following Troy’s win over Auburn Hills Avondale and gained a small measure of payback against the Highlanders.

“Although we won the league last year, they beat us and tied us,” Storch said. “That’s one team we didn’t have a whole lot of success against last year. I have a great deal of respect for that program and team.”

Adams (3-4, 1-2) is probably out of the league title hunt now, but that doesn’t mean first-year head coach Aaron Donahey was upset with his team against Athens.

“I’m real proud of my team today,” Donahey said. “I thought they played a great game. They really possessed it and moved off the ball well. We took a loss, but I told them they had nothing to hold their heads down about. This was the best game we played.”

Taking over for longtime head coach Juan Delgado before the start of the season, Donahey and his team for the most part have spent the first half of the season trying to get acclimated with one another.

However, the Highlanders are getting more comfortable as the season progresses, and when injured players Merlin Beckwith and Brittany Buckler return in a couple of weeks, Adams should be a dangerous team as the playoffs approach.

“We’ve kind of had some bumps along the road,” Donahey said. “I’m a new coach. They’re getting to know me and I’m getting to know them. Today was the first time where I felt the rhythm of the game a little bit. The girls really picked up their pace and worked hard.”

Athens opened the scoring with 13:30 left in the first half on a goal that was set up by a terrific free kick from sophomore Olivia Brannon.

From about 45 yards out, Brannon launched a rocket of a ball that ended up clanking off of the crossbar and rolling all the way across the goal line to the far post.Senior Megan Swiderski then tapped a pass in front of the net to senior Tiffany Bell, who shot the ball into the open net to give Athens a 1-0 lead.

Adams gained some momentum late in the first half when Keely Chandler tied the game at 1-1 with 1:59 remaining in the first.The goal was set up beautifully by Angela Gerback, who flicked the ball with the back of her head towards the Athens box to Chandler, who went in all alone on goal and buried the chance to tie the game.

Each team had its share of chances in the second half, but only Athens cashed in.Taking a throw from roughly 25 yards out, Penz put the ball into the box, where it alluded a slew of bodies and found its way onto the foot of Short, who rifled a shot into the top half of the goal to give Athens a 2-1 lead. It was Short’s ninth goal of the season.

The Red Hawks hung on from there and are now officially the team others are aiming for in the OAA Red.“We were able to kind of sneak a victory away,” Storch said.



Sunday, May 3
Springer's late goal lifts Adams past Norseman

Adams 2 - Grosse Pointe North 1

By MICHAEL WALLWORK

Special to The Oakland Press

ROCHESTER HILLS — Andrea Meloff banged a shot off the cross bar, and Ashley Springer found the loose ball and tucked it into the Grosse Pointe North net with 12:18 to play to give the Rochester Adams Highlanders a 2-1 win in girls soccer action on Saturday.

Springer's goal was in many ways a fitting cap to a scrambling second half.

Neither coach was intending to play such a style, but as Grosse Pointe North coach Jen Nadeau pointed out after the game,

“When you have two fast teams and the ball hits the ground running so do you.”

Indeed, both teams did.

Offensive players were closed down quickly, often by two, three, or even four defenders as neither team was able to consistently translate offensive pressure into shots on goal. Adams coach Aaron Donaghy also felt that the weather played a part.

“The wind made controlling the ball tough,” he said.

Both teams swarmed to the ball on a regular basis resulting in a lot of crowded play along the sidelines. Passes played up in the air were hard to target correctly meaning that when a player tried to pass high out of one crowd, the result often ended up being another crowd as the ball blew off target or hung up long enough for multiple players to converge on it.

The first half was a back and forth affair with the teams taking turns putting on the pressure but unable to find the net until only eight minutes left in the first half when Adams was finally able to open the scoring. Angela Gerback ran onto a long free kick taken by Sarah Bachleda and tapped it in from just a few feet in front of the Norsmen net to give Adams a 1-0 lead which they would take into halftime.

The second half started off looking much like the first half with the teams trading opportunities. But it wouldn't be long before the Norsmen were able to capitalize on one of theirs when Olivia Stander hit a streaking Sarah Hilu with a long crossing pass, and Hilu made no mistake with it as she one timed the ball into the far side of the net to tie the score at 1-1. But that would be it for Grosse Pointe North as Brittany Campbell, Maddy Christensen, and the rest of the Highlander defense would shut down the Norsmen the rest of the way, paving the way for their attacking teammates to mount consistent pressure during the remainder of the game, which culminated in Springer's goal.

After the game, both coaches admitted to being focused on preparing for district play at this stage of the season. Norsmen coach Nadeau commented that she had a brand new team this year and she saw “some good things happening and some bad things happening but we're working on it” with an eye toward being ready to compete at districts. Nadeau also singled out Sarah Hilu and Amanda Gay as particular bright spots for her club this afternoon.

On the other sideline, Coach Donaghy was real happy with his team.

“We attacked really well and possessed the ball well,” he said. Overall, the Highlanders' coach feels his team is getting better every week, noting also that “each game we add another piece” in their effort to improve.

The win evened the Highlanders' record at 4-4 overall, while the loss dropped Grosse Pointe North to 3-4-3. Both teams return to action on Monday when the Norsmen travel to Utica Eisenwower while Adams plays host to the Lake Orion Dragons.



Tuesday, May 5
Adams Ties Dragons in Final Minutes

Adams 1 - Lake Orion 1 

 The Highlanders hard work and perseverance paid off Monday evening, resulting in a 1-1 tie with the unbeaten Lake Orion Dragons.

Lake Orion scored in the first half, and carried much of the play throughout the game. In the 77th minute, continued pressure by the Highlanders resulted in a long service by Keely Chandler to the six-yard box that was buried in the net by Brittany Buckler. Buckler was making her first appearance of the year for Adams and had just entered the game minutes earlier.

Adams improve to 5-4-1 on the season. Lake Orion stand at 10-0-3.



Friday, May 8
Highlanders Fall to Lahser

Adams 0 - Lahser 1 

Two balls hit the goalpost in Thursday's game -- one went in, and one did not. Lahser was the benefactor of the former, and that was the story of the evening for Adams.

Despite having numerous chances and dominating possession for most of the game,the Highlanders could not find the back of the net and fell to the Lahser Knights, 1-0.

Adams opened the game with two scoring opportunities by Keely Chandler and Angela Gerback that were thwarted by the Lahser goalkeeper. The score remained tied at zero until midway through the second half, when Lahser bent one in off the post to take a 1-0 lead. Andrea Meloff nearly equalized things ten minutes later when her shot hit the post but came back into the field of play where it was cleared by Lahser.

Adams returns to action Saturday vs. Troy.



Wednesday, May 13
Adams and Troy Play to Draw

Adams 1 - Troy 1

  Andrea Meloff scored to tie the game for Adams in the second game of the season against OAA opponent Troy.



Wednesday, May 13
Rivals Adams, Rochester play to a draw

Adams 1 - Rochester 1 

By BRITTANY OCHTINSKY Special to The Oakland Press

ROCHESTER HILLS — Rochester’s girls soccer team is continually setting and adjusting its goals throughout the season.

After Troy Athens wrapped up the Oakland Activities Association Red Division title last week, the Falcons had to refocus on districts and playing well at the right time of the season.

The Falcons played to a 1-1 tie against Rochester Adams Tuesday night, but coach Todd Heugh was more satisfied with the way his team played than he was with the outcome of the game.

“This was the first time in about a week and a half that we played with high energy,” Heugh said. “We fought for the loose balls and scrapped and, if not for a couple good saves by their goalkeeper, we might have had a go-ahead goal.”

The Falcons were playing without key forward Amanda Anton, who went down early in the first half. Anton collided with a Highlander and Heugh speculates she injured her knee. For precautionary reasons, she did not play the rest of the game.

It was Anton who was the difference maker in the first meeting between the two teams earlier in the season, scoring the lone goal in Rochester’s 1-0 win.

But Heugh relied on senior Keriann Ford, who has been playing primarily on defense as of late, to step up in Anton’s absence.

“Keriann has tremendous knowledge for soccer and she can play anywhere, and we’ve used her just about anywhere,” Heugh said.

Along with Riayane Williams, Ford was responsible for holding the ball in the midfield to allow Lauren Fant and Haley Burtraw to create pressure up front.

Fant struck early in the game, scoring just three minutes into the first half, on a pass from Burtraw.

The first 15 minutes of the game — along with the last 15 minutes of the game — were the parts of the game Adams’ coach Aaron Donaghy would rather forget.

After a slow start by the Highlanders, they settled the ball down and were able to control the ball better in the midfield.

“When you get scored on in the first few minutes, you always wonder how your team is going to react,” Donaghy said. “After that, I think we still played a little too fast, but when we were able to settle down and control the ball, we were dangerous.”

Adams evened the score with six minutes left to play in the first half, on a goal by Keely Chandler. Rochester goalkeeper Laura Ivezaj came out to challenge Angela Gerback, who slid the ball across the front of the net to a wide-open Chandler on the far side.

Both teams had opportunities in the second half, as Adams’ goalkeeper Kristine Gasparovic had to make a few big saves on the Falcons, and Adams’ Andrea Meloff hammered a shot that bounced off the cross bar, but neither were able to capitalize.

Although the Highlanders have struggled to score goals this season, averaging about a goal a game, Donaghy is watching his team continue to progress with each passing week.

“We’ve really struggled, but we’re learning not to let a goal get us down,” he said. “We’re not a tremendously fast team, so we have to work on possession of the ball. This game we had a few more shots than the last game, where we had a few more than the game before that.”



Friday, May 15
Churchill Edges Highlanders

Adams 2 - Churchill 3

Adams ventured outside of conference play on a rare Friday night game, taking on the ranked Livonia Churchill Chargers. Churchill started the scoring, taking an early 1-0 lead. Adams tied it up late in the second half on a goal by Keely Chandler, which came after the Churchill keeper deflected a blast by Andrea Meloff.

The teams went toe-to-toe in the second half until Churchill opened things up a little with a 3-1 lead. However, with under 5 minutes left in the game, Chandler scored her second goal of the game by punching in a lose ball in the goal box. The Highlanders could not get an equalizer, however, and fall to Churchill for the second consecutive year.



Wednesday, May 20
Highlanders gain momentum before districts

Adams 4 - Notre Dame Prep 0

by JEFF KANAN Special to The Oakland Press

ROCHESTER — Rochester Adams found its scoring edge Tuesday and used two early goals to storm past Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, 4-0, in a tune-up game as each team prepared for districts.

Andrea Meloff tucked a penalty kick in the bottom-right corner of the net to put the Highlanders on the board just eight minutes in, and Adams followed it up with a goal by Keely Chandler at the 24:34 mark to put the Irish, who rested several starters to get healthy before playoffs, in a 2-0 hole.

“The 2-0 lead was huge for us,” Adams coach Aaron Donaghy said. “It allowed us to try some things and get ready for districts. We could experiment with players at different positions. Some of our injured players got some minutes to get their touch back.”

Adams controlled much of the play early on an and was lethal around the net, pressuring Notre Dame Prep’s goalkeepers and managing to get good looks around the goal.

In addition to the two early goals, the Highlanders clanked a few crossbars during the game and were sparked by the play of Meloff, whose craftiness around the net paid huge dividends.

She added a late goal by breaking into the open field and making a nifty move to juke the Irish goaltender before tapping the ball in the net.

“This is one of her strongest games,” Donaghy said. “When she gets the ball in deep, she’s very dangerous.”

Meloff’s first goal came on a penalty shot about eight minutes in as she drove to the net and was rewarded for her efforts by drawing a penalty. She converted on the subsequent kick and Adams got the early edge.

The Highlanders continued to pressure. Keely Chandler received a nice feed from a teammate and scored to give her team a 2-0 lead before the halfway point of the first period.

The third tally was recorded early in the second, when Chandler lasered home her second of the game.

Donaghy said his team is starting to peak at the right time, as the playoffs near.

“I think we’re playing some of our best soccer,” Donaghy said. “The girls are starting to click. I’m a new coach with a new team, so I think it’s taken some time for us to gel as a unit. Today the pieces we’ve been trying to put in place all season seemed to come together.”

The Highlanders (6-6-4) defeated Royal Oak Monday night and open the playoffs Tuesday against Troy.

“They’re a really good team, so they’ll be a good challenge for us,” Donaghy said of Troy.

The Irish (13-5-1) rested several starters after a competitive contest with one of the county’s top teams, the Birmingham Marian Mustangs, who defeated the Irish by a goal.

Emily Anderson and Desiree Cpadenou split time in net, as Notre Dame Prep gets ready for districts.

“We played well and we were as good as Marian that day, but they’re the favorites to win Division 2, so based on that fact that we played well on that day and if everyone stays fit, we have a chance to go all the way,” Irish coach Marc Frankland said.

Notre Dame Prep got its best chance when Kacie Steinbrecher got a good look early in the first half, but was denied by Adams goalie Kristine Gasperovic.

“We’ve really progressed well this season,” Frankland said. “We’ve gotten better and better and better as we’ve gone on in the Catholic League. The good thing about the Catholic League is that every game is a good game.”

 



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Sunday, August 9
Season Summary
Date    Opponent             Score 
 1 Apr, Powers Catholic      3-2 
 4 Apr,  Rochester High       1-1 
 20 Apr,  Eisenhower           1-1 
 23 Apr,  Troy                 1-0 
 25 Apr,  Grand Blanc          0-1 
 28 Apr, Avondale             6-1 
 30 Apr,  Athens               1-0 
 2 May, Grosse Pointe North  1-0 
 4 May, Lake Orion           2-2
 7 May, Lahser               9-1
 9 May,  Troy                 1-1
 12 May, Rochester            1-0
 15 May, Livonia Churchill    0-0 
 16 May,  Stoney Creek         1-1 
 18 May,  Royal Oak            2-1 
 19 May, Notre Dame Prep      8-0  
   
 Win/Loss/Tie-  9-1-6 
 Goals For:     38 
 Goals Against: 12  
   
   




Tuesday, March 31
Last Minute Goal Spoils Adams Opener
Adams 1 – Stoney Creek 2

Adams Freshman team opened their season at home hosting cross-town rival Stoney Creek. They came out strong moving the ball well and creating a good many chances. Adams scored after a corner kick and ensuing scramble near the Stoney goal mouth. A determined Alex Webber sniffed out the chance and tucked the ball home with a very opportunistic goal, indeed.

Stoney’s equalizer came part way through the half on a counter-attack. Even so, Adams continued carry play and pressured Stoney throughout the match with excellent chances, but withstood the onslaught due primarily to the outstanding performance of Cougars’ goalkeeper Lauren Dante who finished with nine save on the day. As full time approached, the Highlanders’ short bench began to take it’s toll and fatigue became a factor. Stoney took advantage and tallied the game winner with a mere 1:35 left to play.

Despite the disappointment of the loss, it was an outstanding performance by the Highlanders and we can look ahead to the season with great enthusiasm and anticipation.



Wednesday, April 22
Back-to-back scoreless ties move Frosh to 0-1-2

Adams 0 - Rochester 0

Adams 0 - Lake Orion 0 

The Freshman team played a second straight game in rainy, windy and cold weather this week. The game against Rochester on 4/20 was played in a steady rain at AHS. Adams controlled much of the game positionally, but just couldn't find the back of net to lock up the win, and settled for a zero - zero tie with rival Rochester.

Wednesday (4/22/09) was close to a carbon copy of the Monday game, and the Freshman team again battled the elements and Lake Orion, with the game ending in a 0 - 0 tie.



Wednesday, April 29
Highlander Frosh Drub Birmingham Seaholm

Adams 6 - Seaholm 0 

The Freshman broke out of their scoring drought in a big way on April 29th, downing the Seaholm Maples by a 6 - 0 score. The scoring was balanced, with five different girls posting their first markers of the season. Alexandra, Nikki (2), Kasey, Amy and Rachel B. all found the back of the net and paced the scoring attack as the Frost posted their first win of the season, and evened their record at 1-1-2.



Friday, May 1
Freshman Girls extend their winning streak to 2!

Adams 1 - Lake Orion 0 

The Freshman ran their current winning streak to 2, with a hard fought 1 - 0 victory over the Lake Orion Dragons on Friday May 1st. Positionally, the game shifted back and forth and both teams traded opportunities and positional advantage throughout the match.

The winning marker was scored by Nikki midway through the second half when Nikki cleared a ball out of the center circle. The ball was lofted and took a favorable high bounce for Adams, sailing over the Dragon keeper on the first bounce, and then found its way in the Dragon goal, securing the win for the Highlanders



Tuesday, May 5
Victory at such a cost

Adams 3 – Clarkston 0

The Frosh Highlanders went on the road and travelled up I-75 to defeat Clarkson 3 - 0. The Frosh posted their third straight shutout victory. Alexandra opened the scoring with 13:30 remaining in the first half with a volley to the back of the net off of Sydneys Corner.

The score remained 1 -0 to begin the second half when the Highlanders struck 52 seconds into the 2nd half when Amy was able to turn the corner and fire a shot into the upper 90 to extend the lead to 2 - 0. Madison closed out the scoring midway through the second half, taking a pass from Nikki to beat the Clarkston goaltender.

The victory was marred by a season-ending leg fracture to Alex Webber near the end of the first half. Get well soon Alex, your teammates are all pulling for you!


Thursday, May 7
Lakers Run Aground

Adams 7 – West Bloomfield 0

The Frosh Highlanders went on a scoring binge against an overmatched West Bloomfield squad this past Wednesday, 5/6/09, posting an easy win by the score of 7 - 0.

Playing with no substitutes due to injuries, the Freshman jumped out to a 1 - 0 lead 22 seconds into the match when Kelly put in rebound of Madison's shot. Emily scored her first of the season 4 minutes later, making it 2-0, and the Highlanders put the game quickly out of reach with goals from Amy, Michelle and Kelly's second marker . The lead reached 6-0 before halftime when Kasey beat the defense and found the back of the next, making the halftime score 6 - 0.

Michelle's second goal of the game closed out the scoring early in the second half, as the Highlanders took the opportunity to rotate players thourhg new positions to broaden their soccer skills at positions beyond their comfort zone.

The Freshman's record stands at 4-1-2, and includes a remarkable shutout streak of over 540 minutes spanning the 6 game unbeaten streak.

The next Frosh game is home vs the Lake Orion Dragons at 5 PM on Friday 5/8.

 



Friday, May 8
Highlanders tame the dragon
Adams 2 – Lake Orion 1

The Adams Freshmen won their 5th in a row, and remained unbeaten in their last 7, by downing the Lake Orion Dragons 2 - 1 Friday afternopon (5.7.09) at Adams High Stadium. The game was hard fought, and was scoreless through much of the first until Lexis took a long pass from Alexandra and broke down the right side, ultimately crossing the ball to the middle of the box, where a Lake Orion defender deflected the ball into the Dragons net to give Adams a 1 - 0 lead. The goal was credited to Emily as the last player to touch the ball.

The game remained 1-0 until the 10 minute mark of the second half when the Dragons broke through to tie the game on a upper 90 shot that hit the crossbar and fell into the Highlanders net. The Highlanders reclaimed the lead 3 minutes later when Emily knocked home a free ball during a mad scramble in front of Lake Orions goal.

The flow of the game see sawed back and forth with the Adams defense standing tall and withstood furious late game pressure by Lake Orion. Rachel played an outstanding game in net, making about a half dozen difficult saves to preserve the Highlander victory.

 

Adams record stands at 5 - 1 - 2, with their next match being Monday, 5/11/09, away at Troy High School.



Monday, May 11
Colts Corralled
Adams 2 – Troy 0

The Adams Highlander Freshman soccer team extended their unbeaten streak to 8 games, and their winning streak to 6 on Monday when they defeated the Troy Colts 2 - 0. The win was the Highlanders 8th shutout in the past 9 games, and moved their overall record to 6 - 1 - 2.

Nikki opened the scoring when she carried the ball from midfield to the topof the penalty area and found the lower right corner of the Troy goal to stake Adams to an early 1 - 0 lead. Kasey closed out the scoring in the second half, taking a clearing pass from Madison, broke behind the Troy defense and put the ball into the upper 90, giving Adams the two goal cushion.

The Freshman have only allowed 3 goals against in 9 games this season while posting an impressive 22 goals for. The team travels to Rochester High on Tuesday May 12 to open up a Freshman, JV, Varsity triple header at Rochester High Stadium.



Wednesday, May 13
Adams Freshman Clip FalconsÂ’ Wing
Adams 3 – Rochester 1

The Highlander Freshman team continued its winning ways and extended their winning streak to 7 games, and unbeaten streak to 9, by grounding the Rochester Falcons 3 - 1 on Tuesday night at Rochester High on the strength of three goals directly off of corner kicks.

Adams carried the momentum of play in most of the first half, finally tallying their first goal at the 25 minute mark when Emily buried home a corner ball played by Sydney. The Falcons rallied quickly in the second half, posting the tying goal 15 seconds after the kickoff. Gradually, the Highlander Frosh asserted control of the field, and the game was consistently played in the Rochester half. Adams took the lead for good at the midpoint of the half on a head ball played by Amy, again off of Sydney's corner kick. The game was salted away for good when a third goal was scored off a corner kick, with Amy again heading Sydneys kick into the back of the Falcon net.

 

The win puts the Freshman Highlanders at 7 - 1 - 2 for the season. The Frosh next face Royal Oak High School on 5/13/09 at 5 PM at Adams High School.



Thursday, May 14
Only this and nothing more for the poe ravens
Adams 2 – Royal Oak 0

The Frosh continued their winning ways and extended their winning streak to 8 games (unbeaten in the last 10) on a windswept and rainy afternoon at Adams High Stadium. Sydney opened the scoring when she played a long ball towards the Royal Oak goal. The shot took the goalie by surprize and found the far corner of the net to get Adams out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first half.

Adams dominated the game positionally, playing virtually all the game in the Royal Oak half of the field, and the team peppered the Royal Oak netminder with a constant flurry of shots. Madison closed out the scoring when she followed a long clearing ball that bounced over the goalies head and Madison finished the play putting the loose ball into the wide open Royal Oak goal.

The team record now stands at 8-1-2. The Freshman Highlanders close out the season next week with games at Athens High (5/18), home vs clarkson (5/19) and then end the season with a big match against Stoney Creek High (5/21).



Monday, May 18
Red Hawks Downed
Adams 6 – Athens 0

On Monday, May 19th, the Highlanders hit the road and visited Troy Athens High School and came away with a resounding 6 - 0 victory. With the win, the Freshman extended their winning streak to 9 (unbeaten in 11).

Alexandra opened the scoring with 10 minutes remaining in the first half when she received a pass from Madison, and finished the play by beating the Athens goalie to stake Adams to another first half lead. In short order, Lexi received a pass from her sister Kelly and found the back of the net with her first shot of the game, extending the Adams lead to 2 -0. Finally, just before the half, Alexandra potted her second goal of the game, beating the Athens goalie after receiving a pass from Emily.

With the score 3 -0, the floodgates opened early in the second half when Michelle beat the Athens goalie after receiving a cross from Madison and Madsion then earned her first marker of the game putting the ball behind the Red Hawk goaltender off of a great pass from Abby.

With the score 5 -0, coach Ken again rotated players through all the positions, and Abby closed out the scoring when she scored off of a pass from Emily.

The final score was 6 - 0, and Adams ran their record to 9 - 1 - 2, setting up what is hoped to be a season ending battle with Stoney Creek High on 5/21 for the best Freshman record this spring.



Tuesday, May 19
Wolves Sent Packing
Adams 5 – Clarkston 0

Tuesday, 5/19/09, found the Freshman Highlanders playing host to Clarkston at Adams High Stadium. The Frosh showed early in the Match that they were taking no prisoners tonight, and set the tone for the game with a physical style that resulted in two goals in the first 7 minutes of game (Sydney from Alexandra), and Kasey (off of Sydneys corner kick).

Adams dominated play in the early going, winning the majority of the battles for loose balls, and held an impressive positional advantage during the opening minutes of the game. Just before halftime, Abby posted her second goal in as many games this week, scoring directly off of Sydney's corner kick, moving the Highlanders out to a 3 - 0 halftime lead.

The second half opened with very aggressive play from both teams, with Clarkston struggling to match the Highlander intensity to no avail. At 13 minutes into the half, Alexandra received crossing pass from Amy on the left side. The Clarkston goalie made the initial save, but Alexandra recovered her own rebound and lobbed the ball over the goalie and last defender into the Clarkston goal, extending Adams lead to 4 - 0.

The game got a little chippy in the latter stages of the second, and culminated in the issuance of two yellow cards to Adams, but the outcome was unchanged and ended in a 5 - 0 win when Sydney put in a rebound of Amy's cross with 5 seconds left in the game to close the scoring.

With the win the Adams Freshman moved their record to 10 - 1 - 2. The shutout of Clarkston was the teams 10th of the season, and their winning streak stands at an impressive 10 games and unbeated streak reached 12.

The Freshman close out their season on Thursday 5/21 when they face the Stoney Creek Cougars at Stoney Creek High School at 4 PM.



Tuesday, May 19
Freshman Highlanders Have Chance to Claim a share of the "Freshman Title"

The Freshman close out the season on Thursday May 21 when they visit Stoney Creek High School for a 4 pm kickoff. This game not only gives the Freshman a chance to avenge their only loss of the season, but the game also respresents an opportunity for the Freshman Highlanders to knock off the Cougars, who stand at 11 - 0 - 2. With a win, Adams can claim a share of the "Freshman Title" for 2009.

 

Tell all your friends, come on over to Stoney Creek and support the Freshman! Its the place to be on Thursday at 4 PM!



Oakland Press
Wednesday, August 26
Rivals Adams, Stoney Creek play to a draw
ROCHESTER HILLS — Both teams played hard, found the back of the net, had several near-misses and had a nice size crowd of supporters cheering them on.

Adams Soccer Rocks! So taking all that into account, there probably wasn’t a more fitting result for Rochester Adams and Stoney Creek to have than finishing with a 1-1 tie in Tuesday’s boys soccer matchup of intra-city rivals.

It was also the season opener for both, so getting to open the 2009 campaign against each other probably added to the incentive in practice to prepare hard for the upcoming season.

“I like it,” first-year Adams head coach Josh Hickey said. “You start with a good team like that, you come out strong and you know you’re not going to play a team you’re just going to handle. You know they’re going to give you a fight.”

Of the two, Adams might have felt the best about coming away with a draw.

After scoreless first half, Stoney Creek took a 1-0 lead with 33:54 left in the game on a goal by senior Jordan Tyler, who took a pass from junior Colin Wilden, dribbled amongst a group of defenders and fired a shot into the goal from roughly 20 yards out.

Tyler can play any position on the field and played the first half at midfield, but Stoney Creek head coach Phil Moore felt the start of the second half was a good time to move Tyler up front.

“It was a tactical decision,” Moore said. “We felt like out of anybody on our squad, Jordan could beat their central defender, who was cleaning up everything.”

Ironically, seconds before the goal, Tyler was imploring his teammates to serve the ball up top to him, and Wilden obliged.

Following the goal, Tyler moved back to the midfield to help Stoney Creek preserve the lead, something the Cougars did until there was 9:52 left in the game.

Off Alex Czirmer’s free kick from 40 yards out, Adams tied the game when senior James Davis recovered the loose ball among a scrum of bodies in the box and fired the ball into the net to tie the game at 1-1.

Up to that point, Adams had numerous chances to score off of scrums in the box, thanks to the bullet throw-ins of Jordan Littleson, but the Highlanders couldn’t get quite get off a shot on any of those occasions.

Finally, Davis was able to get some room and cash in.

“We’ve just got to get more aggressive in that box,” Hickey said. “A lot of those are all aggression. You’ve got to want it more. Opportunities will come.”

Even though the two teams are in the same division of the Oakland Activities Association, Tuesday’s contest was a non-league game.

With the OAA going to just two divisions, each team only has one league game with each opponent. The designated league game between the Cougars and Highlanders is slated for Sept. 29 at Stoney Creek, but Tuesday’s game was added so the rivals could have the opportunity to play twice this season.

 

“We had the option to not play Adams twice, but that was one team I wanted to play twice,” Moore said.

E-mail Keith Dunlap at keith.dunlap@oakpress.com

 

 

 

 

also played tonight:
ADAMS JV 2 - STONE CREEK JV 0 

Game account needed. Any takers?

 NEXT UP: Adams travel to Ann Arbor Pioneer. JV 5:00; Varsity 6:30. Maps available on "Maps to Everywhere" page.

 



Thursday, August 27
Frosh Update: Game 1 26 Aug 2009

ADAMS FROSH 1 - BROTHER RICE 0

Game account needed. Any takers? 

NEXT UP: Adams host Troy Athens. 5:00 at Highlander Stadium. 

 



Friday, August 28
Highlanders Blaze Their Own Trail Against Ann Arbor

ADAMS 4 - PIONEER 1

The Adams soccer team traveled to Ann Arbor Thursday night, and made the trip worth it by defeating Pioneer H.S. 4-1.

The Highlanders took control of the game midway through the first half on a goal by Tom Carrio following a long run down the left touchline and centering pass by Dylan Knott. Adams tallied a second goal several minutes later when Sam Suchta buried a shot off a feed from George Patsarikas.

Adams continued to control play in the second half, and added an insurance goal when Suchta sent a cross into the box that Morley Burns ran onto and put into the back of the net.

The final Highlander tally, truly a thing of beauty. started with a Jordan Littleson throw-in 18 yards up the touchline. As they have been all season, Jordan's missel of a throw arrived to the front of goal on a rope where a determined Cameron Casey fighting through the crowd willed himself to get on the end of it and made no mistake as he drove it home with conviction on an outstanding 1-timer header. Outstanding! And sass what the papers say. We're not going to allow a hoopy referee who doesn't realize there is no such thing as offside from a throw-in erase that effort. 3-1 is what the papers will say. 4-1 was the score.

Kevin Soisson and the back four stood HUGE during Pioneer's last ditch efforts to close the gap. Coach Josh said it was like "train the keeper on steroids" and could not have been more proud of the effort. Justin, Joey, Alex, Jordan, James... what a great job. And Kevin - you are the man... a whirling dervish... the tazmanian devil. As Coach Josh was telling me all about it, I was very sorry I couldn't be there to see it. Kevin earns his first win in goal, posting 11 saves for the game.

Adams now stand at 1-0-1 on the young season.

GREAT JOB BOYS! Brown is Beautiful!

 

also played tonight:
ADAMS JV 2 - PIONEER JV 1
ADAMS FROSH 2 - ATHENS FROSH 2 

 

NEXT UP:
Monday, 31 Aug. Adams host Grand Blanc. JV 5:30; Varsity 7:00
Monday, 31 Aug. Freshmon team travel to Rochester H.S. Game-Time 4:30. 



Friday, August 28
from AnnArbor.com
Late burst of offense not enough for Ann Arbor Pioneer boys soccer team in 3-1 loss to Rochester Adams

Jeff Arnold | Ann Arbor.com, August 27, 2009 9:52 p.m.

The energy level had finally reached the fevered pitch where it needed to be all night and the scoring chances were starting to mount.

The only issue was time, which was again running out on a Pioneer High School boys soccer team that has become all too familiar with fighting against the clock this season.

And once again, too much time spent playing finesse soccer – or Dandy Boy Futbol as Pioneer coach Lumumba Shabazz knew the style of play back in England – kept the Pioneers from establishing itself in a 3-1 loss to Rochester Adams Thursday night.

Pioneer (0-3) fell into a 3-0 hole before the Pioneers finally came to life with 15 minutes to play. But by the time Noah Fabes finally registered Pioneer's first goal with 2:15 remaining, the chance to notch the first win of the season had once again slipped away.

"The last 10 or 15 minutes definitely showed the potential that we do have," Fabes said. "But we tend to get slowed down by goals and we need to pick it up through the entire game and I think the goals will definitely come and it will give us that little spark that we need to win."

But for all of the first half and more than half of the second, the spark never ignited as Pioneer settled with a slower style of play it has gotten used to. Rochester Adams imposed its quickness, using crisp passes and well-placed shots to build the 3-0 lead.

Adams struck with only 90 seconds remaining in the first half to take a 2-0 lead before breaking the game open just more than 2 minutes into the second. Morley Burns fielded a perfect centering pass and slipped an easy shot past Pioneer goalkeeper Saul Lopez to cap Adams' scoring.

The pair of goals did little to snap Pioneer out of its sluggishness, which Shabazz said continues to plague the Pioneers.

"I think we've gotten accustomed to a style of play where you just kind of stroke the ball around and you don't really get involved with the dirt and the grime which is ball-winning and fighting hard for tackles," Shabazz said. "I think we need to go back to the basics which is winning the balls in the midfield and winning the personal duels."And when those things improve, the record will improve."

Pioneer, which has tallied only two goals in three games, finally got into rhythm as the half progressed – a sign that the aggressive style Shabazz wants to see is starting to sink in with his players. But if the Pioneers needed a lesson in what can happen when they wait too long to impose their speed, they got one Thursday night.

And after Pioneer spent much of the night playing out of its comfort level, the wake-up call Adams delivered may have been just what the Pioneers needed in the long run.

"We have to come around – we don't have a choice," Shabazz said. "I don't like losing and I know they don't and so we just need to go back to work and make sure when we come out, we dominate all aspects of the game.

"The last 10-15 minutes was something to build on and we just need to extend that."



Oakland Press
Tuesday, September 1
Grand Blanc gets late goal to beat Adams

ADAMS 1 - GRAND BLANC 2 

by MICHAEL WALLWORK Special to The Oakland Press

ROCHESTER HILLS — Ryan Keener headed in his second goal of the game off a free kick by Vincent McKeoun with just over six minutes to play to give the Grand Blanc Bobcats a 2-1 win over the host Rochester Adams Highlanders in boys soccer action on Monday.
Keener's header capped a tightly contested, defensive battle.

The teams moved the ball up and down the field, but each defense was very organized and gave up very few good chances to score.
 
The Adams defense led by Justin Wineke, with help from their midfield. Junior Matt Szilard was able to limit the Bobcats to just a few quality scoring chances, but it wasn’t enough as the Bobcat defense led by Keener was just a little bit better.
 
Grand Blanc started quickly, putting a lot of pressure on Adams right away and getting a goal just four minutes into the game when Keener headed in a corner kick by McKeoun.
 
"I thought we started fast,” Bobcat coach Greg Kehler said. “Then got complacent and that’s credit to them (Adams). They came at us harder.”
 
Adams would respond, slowly taking control of the game as the first half wore on.
 
“We were on our heels the first 10 to 15 minutes,” Adams coach Josh Hickey noted, “It took us 20 minutes to get settled in.”
 
Sparked by Dylan Knott and Tom Carrio, the Highlander offense began to assert itself, consistently getting deep into Bobcat territory, only to be turned away by a well-organized defense.
 
The Highlanders would finally score, midway through the second half, when Knott broke free again, down the left sideline and centered a ball to Sam Suchta who slotted it home to tie the game at 1-1.
 
Shortly afterwards, goalkeepers Corey Cunningham for Grand Blanc and Kevin Soisson of Rochester Adams would be called on to make spectacular saves on breakaways to preserve the tie, but both were up to the challenge, keeping the game tied until Keener got free for his header late in the game.
 
After the game, Kehler was happy to come out of the game with a win.
 
“It was a big win. It’s always tough to win here against a tough Adams team,” he said. He also felt his team played pretty well overall.

 

“I thought we defended well and scored some timely goals,” he added.

 

Hickey was a little disappointed at his team’s slow start but was pleased with how they responded after the first fifteen minutes.

 

“They stepped it up,” he said.

 

The win keeps Grand Blanc unbeaten at 3-0. Adams slips to 1-1-1. The Highlanders will try to rebound Tuesday against Andover.


Wednesday, September 2
Over And Done Over Andover

ADAMS 1 - ANDOVER 0 

Rochester Adams got back on the winning side of scoreboard Tuesday, defeating Bloomfield Hills Andover 1-0. George Patsarikas assisted on a Morley Burns goal in the first half for Adams, which lifted its record to 2-1-1. Kevin Soisson had the shutout in net for the Highlanders.



Thursday, September 3
Dragons Slither Past Adams

ADAMS 1 - LAKE ORION 2

Rochester Adams fell to Lake Orion, 2-1 in their only matchup of the season. The Highlanders' goal was scored by Mickey Biebelhausen.



Thursday, September 10
Dueces to you

ADAMS 2 - CLARKSTON 2

Adams showed its resilience Thursday at Clarkston, coming back twice from one-goal deficits to earn a 2-2 tie with the Wolves in the teams' only meeting of the year.

Down 1-0, Alex Czirmer knocked in a loose ball in the box to knot up the score. Clarkston scored just prior to halftime on a breakaway goal, and carried their lead through much of the second half, until Joey Dillon scored the equalizer.

Adams stands 2-3-2 on the season.



Tuesday, September 15
Maples Fall to overwhelming Highlanders

ADAMS 5 - SEAHOLM 1

The Highlanders got back into the win column on Tuesday, soundly defeating the Seaholm Maples, 5-1. Justin Wineke, who ended up with a hat trick on the evening, got the Highlanders on the board first off a corner kick from Matt Szilard. Kosta Patsarikas then scored on a feed from Dylan Knott, and Wineke put Adams up 3-0 on a feed from Alex Czirmer. Adams continued to apply pressure in the second half. Joey Dillon scored off of a Lucas Luna assist, and Wineke notched the game's final goal off a pass from Morley Burns. Adams stands 3-3-2 on the season.



Friday, September 18
Red Hawks Downed

ADAMS 4 - ATHENS 1

Adams ran its unbeaten streak to 3 games Thursday, soundly defeating Troy Athens, 4-1. Justin Wineke opened the scoring by depositing a centering pass from Justin Kane. Athens answered with a goal of its own shortly thereafter, but the rest of the match belonged to the Highlanders. Adams benefited from an Athens own-goal to go up 2-1, then scored again in the first half off a Morley Burns goal on an assist from Wineke. Adams held the Red Hawks in check the entire second half with solid defensive play from Mickey Biebelhausen, Alex Czirmer, Joey Censoni, Matt Szilard, Jordan Littleson, and GK Kevin Soisson. The Highlanders cemented the win with another Burns goal off a Wineke assist, and ran their record to 4-3-2 at the midway point of the season.



Tuesday, September 22
Highlanders Crush Cross-Town Rival
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ADAMS 3 - ROCHESTER 0 

Adams had all the right moves this night

Adams routs Rochester in physical rivalry game

By ROSS MAGHIELSE Special to The Oakland Press   

ROCHESTER HILLS — Rivalry games are viewed with great importance for good reason. They are games of the highest intensity, and the results are not soon forgotten by either team.

The Rochester and Rochester Adams soccer rivalry was in full swing Tuesday night, as Adams (5-3-2) defeated the Falcons, 3-0, in what was an intense and downright physical contest.

“Today we knew it was going to be a big fight,” Adams head coach Josh Hickey said. “This was a cross-town rivalry, and there’s a lot more testosterone than their is skill in a game like this, but we worked hard and were able to get out on top this time.”

Both teams played tough and physical for 80 minutes, and at times even exceedingly so. There were a total of seven yellow cards given in the contest.

“This game is a true example of a situation where you can throw all the records out,” Rochester head coach Chris Purgatori said. “It’s the classic cross-town rival, they don’t like us, we don’t like them, and that’s the way this game has always been played.”

Purgatori — who played his high school soccer at Rochester and has been a part of the Highlanders and Falcons rivalry for a long time — was disappointed with how his team played in this game.

“In a statement game like this, we’ve got to come out and play up to our fullest potential. Tonight we came out flat, and just didn’t play well,” said Purgatori.

Rochester (6-5-1) had just one shot on goal the entire game.

“Defensively, I thought our guys played really well,” Hickey said. “We’ve got some leaders on our defense, and they’ve really stepped up and taken ownership of it this year.”

The Highlanders got their first goal when Alex Czirmer scored on an open net in the 13th minute of the first half. Rochester goalkeeper Christ Stewart was taken out of the play after a collision with an Adams player, leaving the net wide open for Czirmer to score.

Adams took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

“I actually don’t think that first goal was too much of a factor, we just didn’t create enough chances for ourselves throughout the game,” Purgatori said.

The Highlanders took a 2-0 lead in the 22nd minute of the second half, when Tom Carrio beat the Falcons defense and placed a shot into the far corner of the net. Adams had several other chances to add to its lead in the following minutes after their second goal, but Stewart turned away three point-blank range shots to keep the game within reach.

“Their keeper played great, I would say we’ve got to do a better job of finishing but he just made some outstanding saves and kept them in the game,” Hickey said.

Adams finally was able to add another goal onto the scoreboard with eight minutes remaining in the game. Much like the first score, the last goal came under unfortunate circumstances for the Falcons. Highlanders captain Morley Burns fired a shot from about 14 yards out that deflected off the shin of a Falcon defender, and lofted over and out of Stewart’s reach for a goal.

“It (the outcome) was disappointing,” said Purgatori. “We’ve shown that when we play the way we’re capable of playing, that we can beat just about anybody in the state. But if we come out and play like we did tonight, we’re not going to have as many opportunities to win games.”



Oakland Press
Thursday, September 24
Knight Fall

ADAMS 1 - LAHSER 0 

Burns lifts Adams to victory on senior night

By MICHAEL WALLWORK Special to The Oakland Press

ROCHESTER HILLS — Senior captain Morley Burns scored the only goal for Rochester Adams on senior night as the Highlanders disposed of a game group of Bloomfield Hills Lahser Knights, 1-0, on Thursday night in an Oakland Activities Association soccer game.

The game itself was as even as the score line indicated, with the final shot total 4-3 in favor of Adams. But the goalies were much busier than the score line would indicate. Both Highlanders keeper Kevin Soisson and Lahser netminder Evan Wahl had a lot to do, frequently coming off their lines to claim crosses and cut down the angle on opposing attackers.

Despite a number of chances for each team, neither the Knights nor the Highlanders were able to break through the opposing defense and get a shot on goal until Burns scored with about twelve minutes to play in the first half when he ran onto a loose ball at the top of the penalty area and fired it home to give Adams the only goal they would need.

“It was a screappy game,” Adams coach Josh Hickey commented after the game. “Either team could have walked away with a win.”

After the game, both coaches were pretty happy with their teams.

“I think we played well,” Knights coach Dougie MacAulay said, “I thought we competed well with a good school.”

Hickey was similarly pleased.

“We played well today,” he said. “We were working hard, and I didn’t see any mental lapses.”

Hickey was particularly pleased with the play of his defense, led by junior Matt Szilard.

“The whole back line looked great,” he said.

Both coaches were also pleased to see their teams progressing and playing better as the season begins to wind down and the playoffs just three weeks away.

“I’m happy with the way the team’s playing.” MacAulay would say of his Knights. “It’s all fine tuning now.”

Hickey believes his team is also begin to come around at the right time.

“I think in the last three games we’ve made a turn,” he said. “We’re working as a team and avoiding the mental lapses and seeing that pleases me.”

Hickey’s squad improves to 6-3-2 overall and 5-2-1 in OAA Red play. The Highlanders’ next game is against the unbeaten Troy Colts at Troy on Saturday.

The loss drops Lahser to 3-8-3 overall and 2-3-2 in OAA Red. The Knights’ next game is on Tuesday when they host Clarkston.



Monday, September 28
Colts Corralled

ADAMS 5 - TROY 0 

Adams had all the right moves this night

Adams hands Troy its first defeat

Colts get tied up in Knott(s)

By MICHAEL WALLWORK Special to The Oakland Press

TROY — The Rochester Adams Highlanders were downright unruly guests on Saturday afternoon, thumping the previously unbeaten Troy Colts, 5-0, in a contest between two Oakland Activities Association Red Division members.

Troy had won the previous meeting, 2-0, on Sept 8, but Adams made it clear early on that this would be a different game when Dylan Knott took a pass from Alex Czirmir, made a couple of nice moves in the penalty box and fired it home to stake Adams to a 1-0 lead just 8:19 into the game. Joey Dillon would score six minutes later on a pass from Knott, and the Highlanders would never look back, controlling the game and never giving the Colts much chance to get back in it.

"We came out really focused and knew what we wanted to do, and we finished our opportunities," Adams coach Josh Hickey would say after the game.

After the game, Troy coach Dave Hicklin was clearly disappointed with the result. "Adams came and played well, and we came and didn't play very well," he said.

The overall shot board was even at 10-10, but it didn't reflect the quality of opportunities. Few of Troy's shots were particularly threatening, though Adams' goalkeeper Kevin Soisson was called on to make two tough saves in the second half as Troy was trying to fight its way back into the game.

Meanwhile, seemingly every shot Adams taken was a good one. The Highlanders scored on their first three shots — all perfectly placed balls that gave the goalkeeper no chance to make a save. For the game, five different Highlanders scored. In addition to Knott and Dillon, the Highlanders got goals from Tom Carrio, Justin Wineke, and Sam Suchta.

While fans couldn't help but notice the offensive explosion, Adams coach Josh Hickey was equally pleased with his defense of Matt Szillard, Mickey Biebelhausen, and Joey Censoni after the game. "They really just controlled the game. I can't say enough about them," he said.

At the other end, it was Joey Dillon drawing praise from both coaches as he orchestrated the Adams attack. "Dillon kept it solid in the middle, along with Morley Burns," Hickey would say after the game.

Adams seems to be peaking at the right time. The Highlanders have now won five in a row, including three straight shutouts. "We're on a roll right now, " Hickey said. "I knew these guys had it in them to compete with the best teams in the state. It was just a matter of these guys believing in themselves, and these last two weeks, they seem to be believing."

The Highlanders, now 7-3-2, will try to keep their roll going on Tuesday when they travel to crosstown rival Stoney Creek.

After suffering their first loss of the year, Troy has to regroup in time for Tuesday's game at Birmingham Seaholm. "We'll have a meeting and try to turn it around," Hicklin said. The Colts(8-1-1) still have a lot to play for, both during the regular season and the postseason. Since today's game did not count in the OAA Red standings, the Colts still sport an unbeaten record in league play heading into Tuesday's game against Seaholm.



Sunday, October 4
The Fight In The Dog

ADAMS 3 - ROMEO 3

ROMEO — Rochester Adams’ boys soccer team entered Saturday’s game against Romeo having gone seven-consecutive games without a loss.Thanks to the late-game heroics from Tom Carrio, the Highlanders kept the streak alive, coming away with a 3-3 tie.

Carrio’s goal occured with less than two minutes remaining in the game, which was played in less than ideal conditions — wet, muddy grass. Justin Wineke and James Davis each scored goals for the Highlanders (9-3-3). Saul Orozco, Evan Simpson and Joe Shepherd all scored goals for Romeo (12-2-2).



Thursday, October 1
Adams cruise to shutout win over Avondale

ADAMS 3 - AVONDALE 0 

 

Adams had all the right moves this night By MICHAEL WALLWORK Special to The Oakland Press

 

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Rochester Adams Highlanders defeated the Avondale Yellow Jackets, 3-0, on Thursday night at Highlander Field in a boys soccer game.

The Highlanders and Yellow Jackets played a spirited contest that was closer than the final score would appear.

Play largely went back and forth as both teams worked hard and had their chances.

Adams scored quickly, when Dylan Knott pounced on a rebound in the box to make it 1-0 just 7:30 into the contest.

“We played hard,” Avondale coach Dave Muczynski said. “But we have a bad habit of giving up early goals.”

Adams would make it 2-0 later in the first half when James Davis headed down a corner kick and Joey Dillon fired home the loose ball. George Patsarikas would close out the scoring for the Highlanders with a second half goal that put the game firmly out of reach.

While Adams controlled the ball more, Avondale would continue to fight hard. The Yellow Jacket attack, led by Johnny Nofs and Dylan Kennedy, would generate their share of chances. But the Adams defense, led by Alex Czirmer, was able to consistently turn Avondale away at the crucial juncture.

Adams coach Josh Hickey was pleased with his team.

“I thought they played well and consistently,” he said. “It was a consistent effort all around.”

This was a friendly rivalry tonight , and both coaches had good things to say about their opponents after the game as well.

“Josh (Hickey) is one of the better young coaches out there,” Muczinski said. “They(Adams) played disciplined and moved the ball well. They had a game plan and stuck to it.”

Hickey was also complimentary of the effort Avondale put forth.

“I thought they(Avondale) came out hard and we had to weather that physical - in a good way- mentality that they brought,” he said.

The win improves the Highlanders’ record to 9-3-2 overall and 7-2-1 in Oakland Activities Association Red. The Highlanders travel to Romeo on Saturday for a non-conference game before returning to league action on Tuesday with a trip to Royal Oak to take on the Ravens. Avondale drops to 5-9-2 overall and 2-7-1 in OAA Red.



Oakland Press
Tuesday, October 6
Weathering the Storm

ADAMS 3 - ROYAL OAK 1 

by SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN Special to The Oakland Press

ROYAL OAK — Gutting out games in hostile waters under unsavory conditions tests a team’s character. Rochester Adams passed such a test with flying colors, going on the road to face off against Royal Oak on Tuesday night and coming out with a 3-1 win.

The game, played in the midst of a steady and hard rain, was won by the Highlanders in the second half, when they scored two straight goals to break a 1-1 deadlock in the final 25 minutes.

Kosta Patsarikis notched the game-winner off an assist from senior forward Joey Dillon. Justin Weineke followed with an insurance goal, also off an assist from Dillon, who scored the first goal of the night on a penalty kick in the first half.

Josh Hickey, the Highlanders head coach, liked what he saw from his squad when faced with the weather’s unfriendly elements.

“The weather was a factor on both ends, but my guys played tough to the end and took home a very respectable win,” he said. “I think the rain disrupted each of our gameplans at the start and both of us had to adjust. We put in our chances and played strong defense. That’s what wins soccer games. This matchup tonight was what a conference game should be — it was aggressive to the point of neither team playing dirty and it was heated until the final whistle blew. I think we did an exceptional job of matching their intensity.”

Adams pushes its overall record to 10-3-3, 8-2-1 in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division. The victory guarantees the Highlanders, ranked No. 10 in the state in Division 1 by The Associated Press, at least a second-place finish in the conference.

Senior netminder Kevin Soisson stretched out to make four saves and collect the win in goal.

Royal Oak knotted the game at 1-1 early in the second half off a goal by Luke Miller.

The Ravens fall to 12-3-4 overall, 5-3-2 in league play. Wilson Jenkins made a game-high six saves for Royal Oak.

Despite taking it on the chin on Tuesday, the Ravens have been playing solid soccer all season long. At one point in the time, they held a state ranking. Head coach Aaron Pheil is happy with his team’s overall effort.

“We played hard the whole game, and I thought if a bounce would have gone one way or another, we could have come out of this one with a win,” he said. “This was a well-played contest all around. Each team laid it all out there. Adams was the better team tonight, plain and simple. We had our chances at the net and couldn’t finish. It’s frustrating, but these kids are winners and I know they’ll bounce back.”

Adams doesn’t have much time to celebrate its win. The Highlanders must immediately start preparing for a sure-to-be difficult non-conference home game against perennial power Warren De La Salle on Thursday. After that, the Highlanders will head into game-planning mode for their cross-town showdown with Rochester on Monday.



Thursday, October 8
Pilots Shot Down

ADAMS 2 - DeLaSALLE 0

Adams had all the right moves this night

Adams wins premier matchup 

Highlanders blank DeLaSalle

By MICHAEL WALLWORK Special to The Oakland Press

 ROCHESTER HILLS - The Rochester Adams Highlanders defeated the Warren DeLaSalle Pilots, 2-0, in a non-conference battle between two premier teams Thursday.

 The game was a back and forth affair, especially in the first half. Both teams were able to move the ball, but tight marking by both sides limited the offensive opportunities for each team. The Pilots had been living a bit dangerously, however, by giving Adams numerous offensive zone free kicks, and the Highlanders finally burned them with 53 seconds to play in the half when Joey Dillon ran onto an arcing free kick by Matt Szilard. The goal proved to be a catalyst for Adams. "They ended the first half with momentum and started the next with momentum," DeLaSalle assistant coach Skipper Mukhtar said after the game.

 Adams would use the momentum to full advantage, adding its second goal just after halftime when Dylan Knott blazed down the left side and found Justin Wineke in the box. Wineke banged it in for a 2-0 lead that Adams would maintain for the rest of the game.

 After Wineke's goal, the Pilot defense, led by sweeper Nick Zingas, would clamp down hard, holding the Highlanders without a shot for the rest of the game. But as DeLaSalle pressed forward, the Adams defense was equal to the task. Matt Szilard, James Davis, and the rest of the Highlander defense would allow just three shots on goal all night. The defense had plenty of help from a hard-working midfield. Led by a trio of seniors — Joey Dillon, Morley Burns and Sam Suchta — the Highlanders pressed the Pilots at every opportunity.

After the game, Adams coach Josh Hickey was very pleased with his team. "I thought we worked hard as a collective group, and everyone supported each other," he said.

The Highlander work ethic was seen as a key to the game by Mukhtar as well. "They won every battle," he said. 

The loss drops DeLaSalle's record to 12-3-4 overall. Adams, meanwhile, improves to 11-3-3 overall. The Highlanders conclude their regular season on Monday when they host crosstown rival Rochester. Monday's game will not count in the OAA Red standings as the teams already met in league play with Adams winning, 3-0, on Sept. 22.



Monday, October 12
Highlanders Take Care of Business

ADAMS 4 - ROCHESTER 2 

Adams ended its regular season on a high note Monday evening, taking care of crosstown rival Rochester, 4-2.

With the win, Adams concludes it regular season having gone unbeaten in its last 12 games at 10-0-2.

Kosta Patsarikas and Justin Kane each scored two goals for the Highlanders, who finish the 2009 regular season 12-3-3 (8-2-1 OAA Red -- tied for second). Adams will host Clarkston, a team it tied, 2-2, earlier this season, next Monday in its playoff opener.



Oakland Press
Tuesday, October 20
Highlanders show ambition
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ADAMS 3 - CLARKSTON 2 

By SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN Special to The Oakland Press

 ROCHESTER HILLS — In 1990, pop superstar and Oakland County-native Madonna set off on her Blonde Ambition Tour and played to sold out crowds across the world.

 Nineteen years later, the soccer team at the Material Girl’s alma mater, Rochester Adams, is trying to put together its very own blond ambition tour through the state tournament. The Highlanders got off on the right foot in that regard, showing off their brand new bleached-blond hairdos and a hefty helping of ambitious play from their offense, as they beat visiting Clarkston, 3-2, in the opening game of the Division 1 Lake Orion district Monday night.

 Adams senior forward Joey Dillon headed in the gamewinning goal at the 15:49 mark of the second half off a corner kick by teammate Matt Szilard. Dillon finished with two goals in the game, both off headers via Szilard corner kicks.

 “On both goals, I made a run to the back post and Matt placed great kicks in the box for me to convert,” Dillon said. “Tonight was a physical game through and through. Nobody wanted their season to end, so we were each playing with reckless abandon. Things got a little chippy, but we didn’t let it get to us and came through with the tough win. We have 13 seniors on this team and everybody knows their jobs. When we work together, good things happen.”

 With the win over the Wolves, Adams advances into the district semifinals to face Ortonville-Brandon — 2-1 winners over Waterford Kettering — in a 5 p.m. game at Lake Orion High School on Wednesday.

 Holding the No. 8 ranking in the state in Division 1, according to the latest rankings, the Highlanders improve their overall record to 13-3-3.

 Jumping in front 2-0 on a Dillon header and a goal by Alex Czirmer on a free kick, Adams looked to be in control of the game with the clock winding down towards halftime.

 However, Clarkston rallied back with fierce intensity. Jake Ray’s goal in the closing minutes of the first half made it 2-1, and then Connor Hall’s breakaway score off a perfectly-struck crossing pass from teammate Garrett Gotaas with 19:06 left to play knotted things up at 2-2.

 Things didn’t remain deadlocked for long, though, as Dillon headed in his gameclincher on a play that was almost identical to his firsthalf goal.

 Josh Hickey, the Highlanders’ first-year head coach, likes the way his team has been progressing through the season — Adams finished the regular season undefeated (10 wins and two ties) in its last 12 games.

 “We’ve made great strides with each game this whole season,” said Hickey, following the triumph. “We stayed focused and finished up our schedule on a real high-note coming into the tournament. That type of mentality carried us tonight. We were fortunate to pull this one out. Clarkston came at us with an outstanding game plan and kept pounding away the entire 80 minutes.

 The Wolves bow from the state tournament with a final season record of 11-6-4.



Thursday, October 22
SEMI TOUGH

ADAMS 1 - BRANDON 0

At Lake Orion. In the first district Semi-Final matchup between Adams and Brandon, The Highlanders held tough to one goal advantage and made it pay off, defeating a very game Blackhawks team.

 Adams held possession and dictated tempo throughout the entire match, creating many quality chances, but the Blackhawks squad taking a bend-but-don’t-break approach, were able to dodge most of the Highlander bullets.

 The exception, which proved the decisive factor, came early in the second half courtesy of a picture perfect corner kick delivered by Matt Szilard. James Davis tracked the ball into the far-post area and headed it home for the only awarded goal of the game.

 Minutes later Joey Dillon scored on a free kick second but the goal was disallowed due to an errant offside call.

 The rest of the half played out much the same way. Brandon worked hard and mounted several counters during some promising stretches, but the experience and maturity of Adams really shone through and the Highlanders took care of business with a calm and steady manner to secure the 1-0 victory.

 Kevin Soisson had the shutout in net for the Highlanders. Greg Lanthier had 13 saves in goal for Brandon (11-8-3).

 Adams will face Stoney Creek in the District Final Saturday, 24 Oct, 2:00 at Lake Orion Stadium.

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Oakland Press
Sunday, October 25
Putting it all together

ADAMS 1 (SO) - STONEY CREEK 0 

By KYLE DUDA Special to The Oakland Press

 LAKE ORION — For the past two months, Rochester Adams’ boys soccer team has proven it can do one thing better than most: Win.

 Although it wasn’t always pretty, the Highlanders extended their unbeaten streak to 15 games, as they edged Stoney Creek in a shootout — Adams scored three goals in the shootout, while the Cougars scored two goals — to win a Division 1 district championship, 1-0.

 “Before our run, I knew this was a special team and then they started to put it all together,” Adams head coach Josh Hickey said, as his team has amassed a 13-0-2 in its last 15 games.

 With the win, the Highlanders (15-3-3) will play Midland Dow in their regional matchup at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lake Orion High School.

 Playing for the third time this season, the Cougars and the Highlanders refused to give an inch, shadowing one another down the field, anticipating moves, making it difficult for either team to garner a solid shot on goal. For players and coaches on both sides, it was what was expected, as neither squad has allowed more than two goals in their previous two meetings against one another. The Highlanders won the season series, 2-0-1.

 After playing to a scoreless tie at the end of regulation and two 15-minute overtimes, the Highlanders’ goalkeeper, Kevin Soisson, continued his stellar play in the high-pressure shootout.

 Soisson, whom teammates have dubbed “Stonewall Soisson”, made two saves in the shootout, while one shot was wide of the net.

 “It’s a little guessing,” Soisson said about facing the shooters. “I watch their eyes, and sometimes they (shoot it) the opposite way they’re looking and I go the opposite way. I got a save like that.”

 Although it was Soisson’s first appearance as a goalkeeper in an official shootout, he certainly has had plenty of practice.

 For the past two weeks, the Highlanders have devoted the last 20 minutes of each practice to penalty kicks, and it undoubtedly paid off. Soisson had nothing but praise for coach Hickey, whom he described as the “smartest coach” he’s ever played for. Hickey was quick to reciprocate with the praise.

 “It’s his first year (as a goalkeeper) and he’s proving he’s one of the best in the state,” Hickey said. “Now is his time.”

 Joey Dillon, Justin Wineke and Alex Czirmer all scored goals in the shootut for Adams.

 “It was kind of tough going into penalty kicks,” Dillon said. “You’re a little nervous, but you have to have faith in your shot and confidence in your teammates.”

 With the score tied, 2-2, Czirmer, the team’s fifth shooter, stepped into the box and came through in the clutch, scoring the game-ending goal.

 Hickey said his team’s hard work and dedication is what sets it apart from the rest.

 Stoney Creek, which concludes its season at 14-4-4, missed its first two shots in the shootout — Soisson made a save on the first shot, and the next shot was wide of the net. Ryan Finstad and Zach Schewee each scored goals in the shootout for the Cougars.

 “I’m really proud of them and it’s yet another piece to build on for next season,” Stoney Creek head coach Phil Moore said.

 Turnovers proved to be costly for the Cougars, according to Moore. Whenever the Cougars appeared poised to make a run at the net, especially in the second half and in both overtimes, the Highlanders would come up with a steal, killing Stoney Creek’s momentum.

 Adams outshot the Cougars, 5-3, on the game. The Highlanders registered two shots on goal in overtime.

 Stoney Creek goalkeeper, Anthony Shepherd, proved to be equally impressive opposite Soisson, as he came up with two acrobatic saves to keep his Cougars alive.

 ***

 Adams will face Midland Dow in the Regional Semi-Final Tuesday, 27 Oct, 5:00 or 7:00 (still to be determined) at Lake Orion Stadium.

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Oakland Press
Tuesday, October 27
Adams defeats Midland Dow 2-1 in boys soccer regional

ADAMS 2 - MIDLAND DOW 1 

By KEITH DUNLAP of The Oakland Press

 LAKE ORION — Going into a Division 1 regional semifinal against Midland Dow on Tuesday, one couldn’t blame Rochester Adams boys soccer coach Josh Hickey if he feared that his team would be somewhat emotionally spent.

 The Highlanders spent last week playing three mentally and physically draining district games, none more so than a shootout win over city rival Stoney Creek in a district final on Saturday afternoon.

 Just three days later, Adams had to crank it up once again, versus an opponent many expected it to beat.

 “It’s a funny thing,” Hickey said. “In my head maybe I was thinking that maybe these guys were a little drained, but they don’t feel that at all. We just came into practice the day before and they looked like they were ready to go then.”

 The Highlanders showed they were ready, recording a 2-1 win over Dow to advance to a regional final against Utica Eisenhower at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Lake Orion.

 If Adams wins that game, it’ll not only advance to the state semifinals, but it’ll get to play on its home field, since Adams has been selected to host that semifinal game by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

 With the game tied 1-1, Adams senior James Davis scored the game-winning goal with 21:46 remaining in the game.

 Sophomore Dylan Knott won a loose ball in the left corner of the field and fed a perfect cross into the box to Davis, who headed home the ball just inside the near post.

 “It was a great pass,” Davis said. “He always puts it in right where I needed it. I just headed it in. I just got my head on it and hit it down. It happened to go in.”

 From there, Adams did a beautiful job killing the remaining time by keeping Dow away from its end of the field.

 When the Chargers did manage to get near the Adams goal, the Highlanders’ defense was there to clear the ball out of any danger.

 Hickey said the difference for his team in the game was simple.

 “Finishing,” Hickey said. “Just getting opportunities to finish. They countered quite a bit and had their own chances. We just had to finish ours.”

 The first opportunity Adams finished came with 1:46 left in the first half, just when it seemed like the teams were going to go into halftime scoreless.

 A service was placed into the Dow box, where Joey Censoni of Adams and the Dow goalie collided as they were going for the ball.

 The ball popped free, right to the feet of Adams junior Justin Kane, who took advantage of the chance by shooting the ball just inside the far post to give the Highlanders a 1-0 lead.

 Dow then tied the game with 32:54 remaining on a goal by Connor Baak, who took a pass at the top of the Adams box from teammate Michael Finn and fired a perfect shot that went into the top-right corner of the net to make it a 1-1 game.

Fortunately for Adams, though, Knott and Davis were able to hook up for the game-winning goal to send the Highlanders into a regional final showdown with Eisenhower, which beat Flushing in the other semifinal, 2-0.

Adams (16-3-3) is now unbeaten in its last 16 games, but didn’t play Eisenhower during the regular season.

The winner between Adams and Eisenhower will advance to the semifinals next Wednesday, where it will meet the winner of Friday’s regional final between Novi and Birmingham Brother Rice.

“I think it’s going to be the same old story that we had all district,” Hickey said of playing Eisenhower. “We have to come out hard on them, we have to make sure we’re ready to play and we shut down their weapons. We have to play our system and make sure we don’t get caught up in their system.”

 E-mail Keith Dunlap at keith.dunlap@oakpress.com



Oakland Press
Friday, October 30
Highlanders reach state semifinals
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ADAMS 2 - EISENHOWER 0 

By KEITH DUNLAP of The Oakland Press

 LAKE ORION — Cue up Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound” or whatever other tune out there that symbolizes a return home, because the Rochester Adams boys soccer team is headed there.

And no, it doesn’t mean the Highlanders are finished for the season.

On the contrary, Adams is very much alive and will not only get to play in a state semifinal, but will do so on its home field.

Thanks to a 2-0 win over Utica Eisenhower in a Division 1 regional final on Thursday, the Highlanders advanced to a state semifinal that will played at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Adams against the winner of tonight’s regional final at Troy between Birmingham Brother Rice and Novi.

 The Michigan High School Athletic Association last week chose either Adams or Saginaw Heritage to host the semifinal game, depending on the geographical location of the participating teams.

 Since it’ll be an all-Oakland County semifinal, there’s no need to go north, so Adams will now enjoy what should be a comfortable and frenzied environment on Wednesday.

 “It’s definitely an honor to be able to host that,” Adams head coach Josh Hickey said. “When I found out that might be the case, there definitely was some motivation there.”

 The Highlanders (17-3-3) will enter the semifinals on a 17-game unbeaten streak, thanks to senior captain Joey Dillon, who scored both goals of the game in the final 18:06.

 Up until then, Adams had to have been wondering if fate wasn’t on its side.

 The Highlanders dominated the possession and chances throughout the game and hit the crossbar twice on shots in the first half.

 The most thunderous of those clangs off of the crossbar came off the foot of Dillon, who had a point-blank shot in the Eisenhower box.

 “I was kicking myself in the foot a little bit,” Dillon said. “But I thought we kept possession and that we would be able to break through. It was a good team effort.”

 Dillon’s first goal came on a free kick from about 25 yards out after an Eisenhower foul. Given the hard luck Adams had in the first half, the Highlanders seemed due for a good bounce, and they got one.

Dillon’s shot was deflected slightly by the head of an Eisenhower defender, which caused the ball to knuckle under the crossbar and give Adams a 1-0 lead with 18:06 remaining.

 With 13:25 remaining, Dillon provided some insurance when he took a hard shot in the Eisenhower box that went off an Eisenhower defender who was standing just inside the far post and into the goal.

 “Just irreplaceable,” Hickey said of Dillon. “He’s starting to get some recognition. I think he’s had an opportunity to show on this platform just what he can do.”

 For the game, Adams had a whopping 10 corner kicks and outshot Eisenhower, 18-6.

 Adams senior goalie Kevin Soisson did make a couple of critical saves, one of which came toward the end of the first half when he just barely stopped a shot from going across the goal line.

 The second one came with three minutes left, as he stopped a shot by an Eisenhower player taken from roughly five feet in front of him.

 “It was just a matter of when they were going to go in,” Hickey said. “I had confidence in them and they had confidence.”

 Given it hasn’t lost in 17 games and gets to play a state semifinal game at home, the confidence should only increase for Adams going into Wednesday.

 “We noticed it,” Dillon said of when the MHSAA posted its semifinal sites last week. “But we tried not to look too far ahead and to just take it one game at a time.”

 E-mail Keith Dunlap at keith.dunlap@oakpress.com.



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Published: Friday, October 30, 2009
By John K. Schroder, Special to The Macomb Daily

 LAKE ORION — With two second half goals, Rochester Adams squashed the hopes and dreams of Macomb County's lone boys soccer district champion as the Highlanders knocked out Eisenhower 2-0 in a Division 1 regional championship match played on the turf at Lake Orion's Soccer Stadium.

 Georgetown-bound senior Joey Dillon scored both goals within a five-minute span midway through the second half to send the Highlanders (17-3-3) home to host next Wednesday night's state semifinal match against the winner of the Novi-Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice battle on Friday night at Troy.

 Eisenhower secured a regional semifinal win with a 2-0 victory over Flushing earlier in the week, but with the loss the Eagles close their season with a MAC Red championship and an overall record of 18-3-2.

 The yellow-clad Highlanders looked like yellowjackets swarming a soda can throughout the game and their constant ball-hawking defense turned into quick overlapping counters that kept Eisenhower on its collective heels throughout the game.

 Adams outshot Eisenhower, 20-5, including a 12-1 margin in the second half and the Highlanders were finally rewarded with two goals.

 Dillon, who rattled a shot off the crossbar midway through the opening half, teed up a 25-yard free kick that caromed off an Eisenhower defender's head and dropped safely under the crossbar and into the net with 18:06 to play.

 "Kris is a great goalie and he had a good read on it," said Eisenhower coach Josh Van Houten. "Those deflections kill you. Unfortunately, there was an extra flick and that's all it took."

 The Highlanders capitalized again on one of their 10 corner kicks, when Ike's defense failed to clear Matt Szilard's serve into the box and Dillon again banked a shot off an Eagles defender and into the net with 13:25 to play in regulation.

 Eisenhower's only shot of the second half came off the foot of junior Joey Tinnion with 3:01 to play. The point blank save by Kevin Soisson was his third stop of the game and earned the team its ninth shutout of the season. Kris Weiss had six saves for the Eagles.

 The Eagles survived the first half with a 0-0 score despite Adams dictating the pace and earning good opportunities following corner kicks. Alex Czirmer's wicked shot was deflected off the crossbar by Weiss 10 minutes in and then Tom Carrio's header was stopped by an Ike defender on the goal line to keep the Eagles hopes alive at the intermission.

 Tinnion's chance to put the Eagles on the scoreboard came when he redirected a cross from the left flank, but a diving save by Soisson negated a possible 1-0 Eagles lead with 1:23 left in the opening half.

 "From what I hear, the ball was on the goal line and their goalie had his hand on it," Van Houten said of the Eagles scoring chance late in the first half. "It's unfortunate. A couple more inches. It's a game of inches."

 Adams coach Josh Hickey was relived the shot didn't go in and change the momentum after his team had dominated play.

 "We knew number 7 (Tinnion) was going to come at us," Hickey said. "He had that opportunity in the first half and he took it and almost put it in."

 But the Eagles couldn't muster enough offense against the up-tempo Adams attack.

 "They took away one of our key components of our game in Brent Schmid, " said Van Houten. "They really marked him out of the game. We were trying to use our outside midfielders and were successful getting the ball up but we couldn't get the ball into the net."

 The Eagles were forced out of their comfort zone and tried to play long ball but the Adams defense responded to the challenge and the Highlanders advanced by posting their 17th straight game without a loss (15-0-2) heading into the semifinal match.

 "You can't look at the season on just one game," said Van Houten. "We were very successful this year. I'm very proud of my guys. We definitely had a good squad this year and we hope to build on that next year."

 



Wednesday, November 11
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ADAMS 0 - B. RICE 1 (OT) 

Highlanders Magnificent Run Ends with Tough OT loss 

By KEITH DUNLAP of The Oakland Press

 ROCHESTER HILLS — The shot rifled from roughly 25 yards out by Birmingham Brother Rice senior Adam Gorski might have ended up in the back of the net anyway.

 But given the tough breaks the Warriors had earlier, and how good Rochester Adams goalie Kevin Soisson is, Brother Rice junior Cameron Ireland decided it was best not to take any chances.

 Stationed right near Soisson, Ireland deflected Gorski’s shot into the goal with 12:48 left in the first overtime to give Brother Rice a 1-0 win over Adams in a Division 1 boys soccer state semifinal played at Adams on Wednesday.

 The goal sent Brother Rice’s bench and fans into a wild celebration and the Warriors into the state championship game for the third time this decade, where Brother Rice will meet Holt at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Troy Athens.

 Brother Rice tied Warren D La Salle in 2000 and lost to De La Salle in 2005 in its other championship game appearances.

 “I just deflected it to make sure it went in,” Ireland said. “There was a keeper there. It could’ve gone in, but who knows?”

 It was wise for Ireland to put his foot on the ball, because Brother Rice at that point had to feel a little snakebitten.

 In the first five minutes of the game, Brother Rice (15-3-6) had three glorious chances inside the Adams’ box, but none resulted in a goal. One went hard off of the crossbar. Another was stopped brilliantly by Soisson, while the ensuing rebound was elevated above the crossbar while Soisson was helplessly on the ground.

 With 24:30 left in the game, a deflection in the Adams box by Brother Rice forward Peter Hensoldt went inches wide of the far post.

 “Sometimes, when you don’t cash in those chances, they come back to haunt you,” Brother Rice head coach Barry Brodsky said. “As a coach, you’re trying to force that out of your mind and not think about it. You just keep working and good things are going to happen.”

 A good thing did happen for Brother Rice early in overtime, when it earned a corner kick. The Warriors didn’t score off of the corner kick, but the ball ended up coming out to Gorski, who was positioned roughly 25 yards from the goal.

 With all his momentum going forward, Gorski ripped a hard shot that got through the maze of bodies in the Adams box and to Ireland, who did the rest.

 “I really can’t believe this,” Gorski said. “With about 1:30 left in the game, I fired a shot that hit one of my players. My teammates picked me up and just said to keep shooting. The ball came down, I put one on the frame and Cameron just tipped it in.”

 Brother Rice carried the play in the first half, outshooting Adams, 6-2, and collecting two corner kicks. The Highlanders started coming on a bit late in the second half and had a lot of the play on the Brother Rice side of the field, but couldn’t manage to score on a Brother Rice defense that still hasn’t given up a goal in its state tournament run.

 Adams did have a golden opportunity of its own with 28:35 left in the game when a shot by junior Alex Czirmer caromed off of the post.

 “I thought we had some chances,” Adams head coach Josh Hickey said. “I think they had maybe better-looking chances, but I thought our chances were more a matter of they toe-poked it away or something like that.”

 After starting the season off slowly, Adams (17-4-3) entered Wednesday on a 17-game unbeaten streak and had hoped to advance to its first state final since 2001.

 “We knew it was going to be back-and-forth,” Hickey said. “They’re a good team. I thought it was a 50-50 game. I knew one break was going to end it. It was just unfortunate it happened with 2:12 into overtime. I don’t know what happened down there. It was a cluster in there and they had a shot on net that squirted through.”