Rochester Adams Highlanders: ... 2008

Thursday, August 6
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________BOYS SEASON - Autumn 2008

Monday, September 15
Adams Blanks Clarkston, 2-0

Adams men's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to 4 games Thursday, defeating the Clarkston Wolves, 2-0.  Both Highland goals came in the second half, and Adams recorded its second shutout of the season.

In the earlier JV games, the Highlanders also blanked the Wolves, 1-0, to remain undefeated for the season.  Adams has not surrended a goal since its opening game of the season.



Monday, September 15
Highlanders Fall to De La Salle, 2-0

The Adams Highlanders fell to the De LaSalle Pilots Saturday, 2-0.   The teams played to a scoreless tie in the first half, before the Highlanders yielded their first goal midway through the second half. 

The loss is the first for the Highlanders in 5 games. 

In JV action, Adams continued  its streak of keeping its opponents out of the net, with a 0-0 tie.  The JV squad remains undefeated, and unscored upon since the first game of the season.

 



Friday, September 19
Adams Clips RedHawks, 2-1

The Highlander boys Varsity and JV were both victorious over the host Troy Athens RedHawks by indentical scores of 2-1. 

 Adams continued its OAA unbeaten streak in a contentious match marred by several cards.



Tyler Bunting Battles Bobcats
Bunting Battles Bobcats (photo court. of Oakland Press, A. Whitcomb)
Sunday, September 21
Highlanders Tame Bobcats, 2-0

The Adams mens soccer team was victorious Thursday in both Varsity and JV play over non-conference opponent Grand Blanc.

In the Varsity matchup, RyanTaylor scored early off of a cross by Justin Peterson to put the Highlanders up 1-0.  Several minutes later, Tyler Bunting was fouled in the box, earning a penalty kick that KyleTaylor buried in the upper right corner of the net to push the score to 2-0 at  halftime.   Both teams were scoreless in the second half.  Jack Owens recorded his first full-game shutout victory on the season.

 In the preceding JV contest, Adams pulled away to a 4-1 victory. Justin Wineke got Adams on the board first, with a header off an assist by Morley Burns.   The Bobcats tied the score a few minutes later, but Adams answered with 3 straight goals to secure the victory.  James Davis (Mark Mielke assist), Morley Burns (Bret Boyle assist), and George Patsarikas tallied the other goals.  Chris Corrigan continued his strong season in goal, holding opponents to just the 3rd goal given up all season.

 

 



Tuesday, September 23
Adams Rolls Over Utica Chieftains, 4-1

Adams travelled to Macomb County on Saturday for their second consecutive non-conference matchup, with the same result -- victory.   The Highlanders defeated the Chieftains, 4-1.

In JV action, Adams remained unbeaten on the season, rolling to a 5-1 victory over Utica.  Drew Kuhlman scored a hat-trick, and other goals were added by Mickey Biebelhausen and Kyler Monaghan. 

 

 



Thursday, September 25
Payback! AHS Defeats Troy, 1-0

Adams kickers grab league lead with 1-0 win over Troy
 

Andrew Kuhlman took the opportune time to score his first goal of the season.

The junior forward from Rochester Adams netted the game-winner in the 65th minute Tuesday, leading the visiting Highlanders to a 1-0 OAA Division I victory over Troy.

   
The win not only avenged a 2-1 setback to Troy in late August, but gave Adams (8-3-1, 5-1-1) sole possession of first place with five league games to play.

"Andrew is the type of kid that always works his butt off up there. He's a great, hard-working kid who never quits," praised Adams coach Juan Delgado. "It's nice to see someone like him step up and get an important goal like that one. He deserves it."

In a nip-and-tuck defensive battle, Adams scored on a rare 2-on-1 situation, where Kuhlman's window of opportunity was slim.

"It was a 2-on-1 with Sean (Hastings) and I down the middle of the field," explained Kuhlman. "He slipped me the ball really quick and I was able to get off a shot. It's nice, because this tightens up (the league race) a lot."

Kuhlman's goal came with 15:18 to play. Hastings retrieved a clearing pass near midfield and with Troy playing only one defender back, Hastings ran onto the ball and slotted a perfectly-placed pass with a defender draped on his shoulder to Kuhlman, who one-timed his shot from 20 yards out that beat Troy senior keeper James Morton to the near post.

"We got caught pushing up," said Troy coach Dave Hicklin. "It was one mistake an d it cost us. Juan's a very good coach and he's been around for a long time. His kids know how to take advantage of (situations) like that."

Adams senior Dan Withrow finished the night with two saves for his fourth shutout, but not without some good chances from the Colts (7-2-2, 4-2-2), who entered the game ranked fourth in the state in Division 1.

Troy's Steve Reid missed a header from close range midway through the first half and another opportunity with 22 minutes to play when a wide-open Chris Mason chipped a shot over the crossbar from inside the 18.

Adams outshot Tropy, 12-8, including 3-2 with shots directly on goal.

The Highlanders had their fair share of chances with Ryan Taylor volleying a shot off the post in the ninth minute and Ryan Schlaupitz missing a breakaway with 1:39 remaining in the game.

"It's nice to have the lead in the league, but there's still a lot of soccer left," said Delgado. "We have some big games left."

Troy is only two points behind Adams in the standings - for now.

"It's nice to win the league, but we're just trying to get better each game and get ready for the districts," said Hicklin. "I love games like this because it prepares you for the (state tournament)."

 JV Recap --

 In the preceding JV contest, the Highlanders continued their unbeaten streak with 1-0 win.  Jordan Littleson earned a penalty kick when he was fouled on a breakaway, and Sam Suchta coverted the PK for the game's only score. 

 

 



Saturday, September 27
Highlanders Sweep Series with Stoney

By KEITH DUNLAP Of The Oakland Press

    ROCHESTER HILLS — On one hand, the Rochester Adams boys soccer team wants to make sure it stays healthy for the playoffs, which are just more than two weeks away.
    On the other
hand, Adams doesn’t want to get too lackadaisical in the last few games of the regular season and not be sharp once the postseason arrives.
    Fortunately for Adams, being in the hunt for an Oakland Activities Association Division I title has turned what otherwise would be a dilly of a pickle — to quote Ned Flanders on “The Simpsons” — into a blessing.
    While gearing up for the playoffs, the carrot of a league title dangling in front of them will make sure intensity will be at its highest.

    “We’re going to work to win a league title, but we’re not going to kill ourselves trying to do it,” Adams head coach Juan Delgado said. “If we win it, great. We’re always going into every game trying to win it, and to the kids, winning the league is nice. But
we just want to be healthy going into the playoffs.”
    Adams took another step
towards a league title on Thursday, remaining in first place in OAA I thanks to a 2-1 win over city rival Stoney Creek.
    The Highlanders (9-3-1, 6-1-1 OAA I) swept the season series with the Cougars, although it’s possible the teams will meet again. Adams and Stoney Creek are in the same district at Utica.
    What made the win even sweeter for Adams was that it fell behind by a goal early, but showed it could rally from a deficit to win.

    “All these close games get you ready for the playoffs,” Delgado said. “The games that you’re down 1-0, you have to be able to reach deep down and come back.”
    Stoney Creek opened the scoring with 23:21 left in the first half on a goal by junior Caleb Norton, who buried a rebound that came out right in front of the goal on a shot by sophomore Jordan Tyler.
    Adams answered with 8:13 remaining in the half, tying the game on a goal by sophomore Joey Dillon. The goal was set up by senior Alex Verville, who dribbled into the box from the left, turned the corner near Stoney Creek’s goal and fed a pass to Dillon, who tapped the ball into an open net.
    The Highlanders scored the eventual game-winner with 3:58 left in the first half. Senior Ryan Taylor volleyed a ball serviced into the box that went on net and was saved, but it created
a rebound along the goal line for senior Thomas Casey, who slammed the ball home to make it 2-1 Adams.
    Stoney Creek managed to generate a few minor chances in the second half, but couldn’t get the equalizing goal. The Cougars (8-5-3, 3-4-1) are all but out of the league title race, so their focus is fully on the playoffs now. All five of Stoney Creek’s losses this year have been by one goal.
    “I thought we played really well in the second half and I thought at the beginning of the first half we played really well,” Stoney Creek head coach Kip Pichel said. “We just letdown for 10 minutes and Adams is a real quality team with a lot of quality players. They’re really tough and they took advantage. Hopefully, we’ll learn from this.”  -- courtesy of The Oakland Press, Sep. 28, 2007


The JV squad continued its winning -- and defensive -- ways, defeating Stoney Creek 3-0.  Chris Corrigan recorded another shutout in goal, while Morley Burns and George Patsarikas supplied the goals for the undefeated Highlanders.

 

 



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Justin Peterson On The Move
Thursday, October 2
Highlanders Shutout Falcons, 3-0

By KEITH DUNLAP Of The Oakland Press 

    ROCHESTER HILLS — Of the three goals scored between Rochester and Rochester Adams on Tuesday, two were scored by Rochester.

    The only thing is it didn’t mean the Falcons won by a goal.

    Instead, it was a 3-0 victory for Adams in an Oakland Activities Association Division I boys soccer battle between city rivals.
    Confused?
    Well, Rochester players accounted for the first two goals of the game, but each ball ended up in the Falcons’ net for own goals that gave the Highlanders a 2-0 lead.
    Adams then scored a goal itself in the later stages of a game that was a rout on the scoreboard, but a tight contest the whole game.
    The Highlanders (10-3-1, 7-1-1) still stayed firmly atop the OAA I standings with the win, but Adams head coach Juan Delgado noticed the closeness of the game and hates to see his team start to form bad habits with the state
playoffs less than two weeks away.
    “We’ve got to do better than this at this time of the year,” Delgado said. “Yes, we’ve been playing well and it’s our sixth win in a row. I think we’re getting
a little complacent and we need to come out on Thursday (against Lake Orion) and pick up the pace. We can’t go into the
playoffs like we did today.”
    Adams took a 1-0 lead with 21:40 left in the first half on the first own goal of the game by Rochester. Senior Thomas Casey was credited with the goal after he served a ball into the box that was accidentally headed into the goal by a Rochester defender who was trying to clear the ball away.
    Rochester (5-8-3, 3-6-1) had three glorious chances in the first half, but Adams senior goalkeeper Dan Withrow turned them all away with sensational saves made from point-blank range.
    Adams then took a 2-0 lead with 9:39 remaining on another own goal by the Falcons. As the ball was rolling towards Rochester’s box, a Falcons defender tried to play it back to
the goalie, but ended up kicking the ball into his own net.
    It was anybody’s guess who was credited with the goal because there wasn’t an Adams player anywhere near the ball.
    Adams rounded out the scoring on a goal with 5:36 left by Joey Dillon, who took a pass from senior Alex Verville, beat the onrushing Rochester goalie just outside the Rochester box, dribbled near the goal and placed the ball into an empty net.
    Withrow ended up finishing with six saves, all of which were tremendous saves on golden opportunities.
    “They won every 50-50 ball and every loose ball,” Rochester head coach Mark Whitcomb said. “But I think we were more dangerous at times and had chances. Two own goals. It’s like Christmas in
October.”
    If there’s a silver lining for Rochester, it’s that it might get another crack at Adams in a couple of weeks in the district round of the state playoffs.
    Adams beat both Rochester and other city rival Stoney Creek twice during the regular season,
but the old adage about how it’s hard to beat a team three times in one season might rear its head for the Highlanders should they run into the Falcons and Cougars again in the playoffs.
    “I think we can play with anybody in the state when we want to,” Whitcomb said. “It’s just simple turnovers and laziness. I think once we fix that, we’re
dangerous.”
    Delgado admitted it wouldn’t be easy to have to beat either Rochester or Stoney Creek again in the playoffs.
    “I’m worried about that,” Delgado said. “Mark and (Stoney Creek head coach) Kip (Pichel) are great coaches and they both have great players. They can beat anyone on any given day.”

The JV squad continued its winning streak as well, with a 3-0 victory of its own.  Tom Carrio scored twice, and James Davis once,  as the JV Highlanders remained unbeaten. Chris Corrigan recorded his tenth shutout of the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 



Sunday, October 5
OAA CHAMPS!!

The Highlanders' road to the OAA championship is complete by virtue of its victory over the Lake Orion Dragons.

Justin Peterson scored in the first half off a corner from Joey Dillon, and Cameron Gibson scored in the second half, as Adams clinched at least a share of the OAA Division I boys soccer title with a 2-0 win over Orion on Thursday. Dan Withrow and Jack Owens combined for the shutout in goal for the Highlanders, who improved to 11-3-1 and 8-1-1.

The JV squad remained undefeated with a dominating performance of its own. The Highlanders rolled to a 6-0 win over Lake Orion Thursday. Sam Suchta scored a hat-trick, and Jordan Littleson, Kyler Monaghan and Jimmy Noser also had goals. Chris Corrigan and Trevor Nelson combined for the shutout in goal.

 

 



Powers
Mark Rudolf Fights for the Header
Tuesday, October 7
Fit to be Tied on Senior Day

 

The Highlanders and Flint Powers Catholic settled for a 0-0 draw on Senior Day. Jack Owens and Dan Withrow combined for the shutout on a hot, sunny day at Highlander Stadium . The seniors and their parents were recognized prior to the game. Adams now heads into the final 2 games of the season, with the Playoffs beginning on Oct. 15th.

The JV squad continued its unbeaten and unscored-upon streak, defeating Powers 4-0. James Davis, Drew Kuhlman, Joey Dillon and Tyler Bunting all recorded goals for the Highlanders. Trevor Nelson was in goal to earn the shutout.

 



Friday, October 10
Adams Falls To Clarkston in Final Seconds

By PAUL KAMPE Of The Oakland Press 
    CLARKSTON — Last season, in the final regular season Oakland Activities Association game between Clarkston and Rochester Adams, the Highlanders took a win and the OAA I season title from a resurgent Clarkston team under first-year Wolves coach Adam Bican.
    The Wolves (13-3-
3, 7-2-3 OAA) and Highlanders (11-4-2, 8-2-2 OAA) met again weeks later in the district finals, where Adams took another win in a game decided by a shootout. Tuesday’s game appeared headed in the same direction until James McCarty made the most of his own rebound with 38.9 seconds remaining, sending the Wolves and their fans into a frenzy.
    “If it wasn’t for all the hard work these boys put in ... our boys have been setting this one up for quite a while now.
They’ve been looking forward to this — it’s big to beat Adams,” Bican said. “Adams is a fantastic program and if we want to be in the same sentence with the top teams in the state, that’s something we have to do. They did it tonight and I look at this as an incredible momentum booster.”
    Clarkston standout Oliver Kupe weaved his way through Adams’ defense and set up a soft pass to McCarty, who drove up left of the Highlanders’ net, guarded steadily all night by
Daniel Withrow. The left-footed McCarty didn’t get a lot of emphasis on his shot, but he got another
chance to make it right, deking around Withrow with the rebound and slamming home the game-winner.
    “I knew I didn’t get a good foot on the first shot, I knew I’d catch a rebound,” McCarty said. “I got a good read on the ball, stuck with it and finished it off.”
    After Alex Verville beat Clarkston’s defense and sent the tying goal past Wolves netminder Scott Messer with 36:51 remaining in the second half, both teams had their share of go-ahead goalscoring opportunities.

    Withrow stopped Matt Hall at close range with 25 minutes remaining, but Hall had another opportunity just a minute later. This time his powerful shot was just above the crossbar. No chance was better than the one Adams’ Justin Peterson had in front of the Clarkston net. Peterson made a sliding shot to the right side of the Clarkston goal, but Messer cut down the angle and kept the game at one goal apiece.
    Hall got the Wolves on the board with 8:50 left in the first half. Hall made a heads-up play, putting pressure on Adams in its own end as the Highlanders’ defense was looking to pass back to Withrow for a kick out of their zone. Hall raced ahead and got to the ball before Withrow and put the Wolves up 1-0.
    Neither team was able to settle the ball down and sustain an offensive drive during the game.
    “When you have evenly matched teams like that, both with an extreme amount of pace, that are both trying to posses the ball, you’re going to get back-and-forth soccer,” Bican said.
    The shot count was similar to
the game play as Clarkston outshot Adams 7-6 on the night.
    Adams junior varsity coach Brian Fitzgerald, filling in for Juan Delgado, said Verville played well against the Wolves, despite constant pressure.
    “Alex did a good job tonight. They had guys that were marking him pretty tight and they double-teamed him, but he did great. He had a couple good chances,” Fitzgerald said.
    “He’s been playing well all year and he’s grown up a lot and become more of a leader.”
    Adams shut out the Wolves 2-0 earlier this season and it brought the same game to the Wolves Tuesday.
    “(This was) the same Adams team — fantastic, a lot of skill and talent. It usually comes down to a few bounces, and this time the bounces went our way,” Bican said.
    “When you work hard, the bounces go your way and the dedication and discipline these boys put in, they earned it. There were a couple things we tried to do different tactically, but (the Highlanders) are so disciplined defensively that we had to find a way to break that down and the guys did with 30 seconds left.
Our boys stayed disciplined in their formation, they didn’t give up when we got a bad break, they played through it. They gave 150 percent and that’s all I could ask for.”
    Both teams begin their district playoffs next week. The Highlanders take on Waterford Mott Monday at home, while the Wolves drew a bye in the first round. Clarkston will play the winner of Milford vs. Holly at Lake Orion Thursday.
    “We have a tough road through the playoffs, but the boys are ready for it,” Bican said. “There are a lot of fantastic teams in the state — East Kentwood, Livonia Stevenson, Adams, (Warren) De La Salle — all those teams are going to be in the mix, we just want to throw our name in the hat as well. The squad that we have, they are expecting to go deep into the playoffs. Their goal is game by game, but in the end, but more than anything, they want to win a state championship. It showed this summer with physical conditioning and training that’s what their goal is.”
    Contact Paul Kampe at
paul.kampe@oakpress.com.



Sunday, October 12
Highlanders End Regular Season With Win

The Adams Highlanders boys' soccer team ended their regular season on a high-note, and look to carry that momentum into the state playoffs, which begin on Oct. 15. Adams defeated Troy Athens, 2-0, on a cold windy night at Highlander Stadium to close on the regular season. Both goals occurred in the first half. Alex Verville made the score 1-0 when he converted a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box after drawing a foul. Later in the half, Cameron Gibson punched in a goal to give the Highlanders a lead it would not relinquish, helped in goal by Dan Withrow and Jack Owens.

The JV squad was not as fortunate, as it saw it's undefeated season disappear with a 1-0 loss to Athens. It was also the first time the team trailed all year. The team's unbeaten streak extended 27 games, back to the 2006 season -- a remarkable run. The JV squad still secured the unofficial JV championship of OAA Div. 1. Job well done, boys!



Wednesday, October 15
Adams Makes Statement in Playoff Opener

The OAA Champion Adams Highlanders scored early and often en route to a resounding 8-0 victory over Waterford Mott in the opening round of the MHSAA District Playoffs.

Alex Verville scored a hat trick, and a slew of other Highlanders added 5 more goals in the rout.  Adams advances to the second round of Districts on Wednesday night vs. arch-rival Rochester, at Utica H.S.



Sunday, October 19
Highlanders Fall to Falcons in Districts
BY DAN STICKRADT; courtesy of Oberserver-Eccentric newspapers

The old cliché in sports is that it’s hard to beat a team three times in one season. Rochester proved that theory in a big way Wednesday afternoon.

After losing twice to Rochester Adams in the regular season and four straight times over two seasons, the Falcons gained a huge measure of revenge by topping the No. 9-ranked Highlanders, 2-1, in a Division 1 boys soccer district semifinal at Utica’s Swinehart Stadium.

   
Rochester, honorable mention in the polls, advances to its eighth district final Saturday at 1 p.m. against its other arch-rival, Rochester Stoney Creek, with the right to advance to next week’s regional at Grand Blanc on the line.

Adams, which won the OAA Division I championship two straight years and reached the regional finals last season, finished the campaign with a 13-5-2 record.

“We just beat one very good team,” admitted Rochester coach Mark Whitcomb, who gained his first career postseason win in five years as a high school coach. “Other than Utica Eisenhower (last year), Adams has knocked me out every year.”

Rochester, which lost to Adams by scores of 3-1 and 3-0 during the regular season, scored twice in the first 14 minutes and staved off a second-half comeback by the Highlanders.

“The first time we played them, they whipped up on us pretty good,” said Whitcomb. “The second time was deceiving because we had two own goals. I thought that game we were the more aggressive of the two teams and still lost 3-0. (Adams goalkeeper Dan Withrow) stood on his head in that game. I knew we had the chance to beat them if we played them in districts. We got our wish.”

Rochester junior Jimmy Nieman, who has spent most of his three-year high school career on defense, assisted on the first goal and scored the game-winner for Rochester (8-10-3). He has eight goals on the year, including goals in five of his last six games.

“I thought we really had a chance to beat them,” admitted Nieman, almost at a loss of words of one of the state tournament’s marquee upsets. “Ever since the start of the year, we have been working hard to be better than last year (when we won two games). We felt we had a good team.”

The Falcons scored just 3:21 into the game, when Nieman’s cross from the right corner was headed in by junior Bill Belmihoub. Nieman scored what proved to the game-winner with 25:06 still left in the first half, when he volleyed in a flick in the box from Patrick Forde. Dennis O’Rourke set up the play with a long serve into the box.

The Falcons did not score again, but held their own against the preseason No. 1 team.

“This is a great group of seniors, one of the best I’ve ever coached,” said Adams coach Juan Delgado. “We were very talented and experienced. But I was still concerned about playing this team three times. It’s hard to beat a team three times.

“I don’t think we could have done anything different,” added Delgado. “We had our chances. We got in behind them a few times, we just didn’t finish. Rochester came out with a lot of intensity and scored those two goals. We were forced to come back the whole time.”

Adams, which held a 14-12 shots advantage in the contest, despite being outplayed during the first half, cut into the deficit with 27:42 left in the second half when Ryan Taylor volleyed in a long pass from Sean Hastings. The Highlanders could not net the equalizer as both teams traded off shots down the stretch.

Withrow finished with six saves for Adams and freshman Chris Stewart had seven saves for Rochester. Both teams had eight shots directly on goal.

“It’s weird because Juan is a good friend of mine and a mentor and (Stoney Creek coach) Kip Pichel gave me my first coaching job,” said Whitcomb. “We’re all close in the OAA Division I, it’s like family. But it’s nice to finally get Adams.”



__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________GIRLS SEASON - Spring 2008

2008 Girls Soccer Schedules:

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JV Game Schedule   

Freshman Team Game Schedule

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Wednesday, April 2
Adams Defeats Stoney in Frigid Opener

Rochester Eccentric, April 3,2008

It's hard to tell sometimes how the rest of the season will play out following the season opener. Juan Delgado did, however, see a flash on how good his team can be.

With most of its key players back, Rochester Adams opened the 2008 girls soccer campaign with a 2-1 OAA Division I victory Tuesday over host and arch-rival Rochester Stoney Creek.

"I thought we did a good job, considering we're coming back from spring break," admitted Delgado, who returns more than 15 players from last year's team. "We didn't get a chance to do anything (outside) before break and then we were gone for almost two weeks."

Adams (1-0-0, 1-0-0) proved to be far ahead of the Cougars, posting a 16-6 shots edge in the contest, including 7-4 with shots on goal, all while holding a 6-1 edge on cornerkicks.

The Highlanders never trailed and controlled play for the first 70 minutes.

Senior Jordan McAdory put Adams on the board first at 35:00, when she took a breakaway feed from junior Keely Chandler and beat Stoney Creek goalkeeper Sarah Bowman to the far post.

Chandler, a junior, set up the eventual game-winning goal, as senior Faith Hatt broke loose and skipped a shot past Bowman with 18:18 still left in the first half.

Adams had several other misfires and even had a goal called back in the first half due to an offsides call.

"We had our chances," said Delgado. "We just didn't put them away.

"When it's a rival game like this, anything can happen," added Delgado. "Stoney Creek had some late chances and it could have very easily been 2-2. You have to give them credit for coming back."

The Cougars scored on their first shot attempt of the second half. Taking a long cross from senior Kelsey Pichel, senior defender Hannah Smith caught Adams goalkeeper Jessica Wineke off guard, as she chipped in a shot from the corner of the penalty box.

Stoney creek nearly stunned the Highlanders with the game-tying goal with 1:10 to play, but Kelly Taylor's point-blank range sailed of the top of the crossbar.

"Honestly, Adams is just the more-skilled team, at least right now," said Stoney Creek coach Erin Rodger. "I told the team, that we need to play the whole game with same intensity we did for the last few minutes. If we don't play that way the whole game, we could be in trouble."

Wineke, a freshman, picked up her first career win with five saves. Bowman had five saves for Stoney Creek and actively punched aside several crosses.

 



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Sunday, April 6
Highlanders Tie Athens in Home Opener

Troy Athens 1 Rochester Adams 1

    ROCHESTER HILLS — Who knows what the future holds this spring for the girls soccer teams at Troy Athens and Rochester Adams, but each showed on Friday that it can master the art of improvisation.
    Starters galore were missing for both teams, as Adams was missing three starters because of injury, while Athens was missing four starters either because of injury or other offfield commitments.
    Given that, any expert promoter could’ve dubbed it “Makeshift Lineup Night” when the teams met at Adams on Friday.


By KEITH DUNLAP Of The Oakland Press
    Afterwards, it could’ve also been called “Fit To Be Tied” or “Kiss Your Sister” night after the teams played to a 1-1 tie in a physical Oakland Activities Association Division I contest.
    With each team missing so many regulars, leaving the field without a loss wasn’t a bad result for either team, especially in a game that wasn’t exactly an offensive showcase.
    The teams combined for seven shots in the game, four by Adams and three by Athens, although Athens did earn five corner kicks to one for Adams.
    “I thought it was pretty even game,” Adams head coach Juan Delgado said. “I thought
both teams had spurts where they had some opportunities.”
    Most of those spurts in the first half belonged to Athens, which opened the scoring with 23:06 left in the first half on a goal by Jordan Bazin.
    Following a throw-in into the box by teammate Brit MacLennan, Bazin took advantage of a poor clearing attempt by Adams, taking control of a loose ball in the box and burying the chance to give Athens a 1-0 lead.
    Adams only had one shot in the first half, but the Highlanders were much more organized in the second half, generating chances and ultimately the tying goal.
    With 25:47 remaining in the game, Adams senior Elizabeth Lillie fed a beautiful pass from around midfield to the top of the Athens box for teammate Andrea Meloff.

    Not only did Meloff fight off a defender, but she collected the ball and swerved it away from a charging Athens goalie, wheeled around and fired the ball into an empty net to tie the game at 1-1.
    Athens generated the better of the chances in the final 10 minutes, even scoring what the Red Hawks thought was a go-ahead goal, but it was called
back because of goalie interference.
    Athens head coach Tim Storch wasn’t displeased with the tie, but said his team still has to shake off some rust.
    “At times, we did some nice things, but we weren’t clicking and we weren’t playing enough to feet,” Storch said. “We played to space too many times.”
    The good news for Storch is that early on, his team looks as if it will return to prominence following an unusually poor
season last year.
    Athens had a record well below .500 and lost in the first round of the state tournament.
    The Red Hawks have a solid core of seniors back and some impact freshmen on the roster.
    “I thought we showed good composure because last year that would’ve been a game we would’ve lost,” Storch said. “We would’ve imploded and lost after giving up the lead. There’s good team chemistry and I think we’re getting good leadership. We also have that
exuberance of youth with the new freshmen.”
    Following a win over Grosse Pointe South, Athens is 1-0-1 overall. While Friday was the first league game for Athens, Adams is 1-0-1 overall and in the league following a win over Stoney Creek on Tuesday.
    “I just want to be healthy going into the playoffs and be playing our best soccer at that point,” Delgado said.
    Contact Keith Dunlap at
keith.dunlap@oakpress.com 

Rochester Adams’ Elizabeth Lillie (left) sweeps the ball away from Troy Athens’ Megan McLalin during the fi rst half of Friday’s Oakland Activities Association Division I contest. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie.
The Oakland Press/ JOSE JUAREZ


Wednesday, April 9
Adams Falls to Grand Blanc, 1-0

The Grand Blanc Bobcats scored off of a corner kick midway through the first half, and held on to their lead the rest of the game to defeat the Highlanders 1-0.  Adams controlled possession for most of the second half, and applied tremendous pressure in the final ten minutes of the game by securing several corners, but were unable to find the back of the net.

Adams' record now stands at 1-1-1, (1-0-1 in OAA).



Tuesday, April 15
Highlanders Rally to Tie Troy

Adams staged an impressive rally in the final minutes of Monday's contest to earn a tie with the Troy Colts, 2-2.

Troy took an early lead off a set piece played into the box from 30 yards out. Despite possessing the ball for much of the first half, the Highlanders couldn't net a goal, and settled for a 1-0 deficit at halftime. Midway through the second half, Troy was awarded a PK, which they converted to make the score 2-0. The Highlanders staged their comeback with less than ten minutes remaining. Andrea Meloff took a cross while inside the penalty box and flicked it in to close the gap to 2-1. Then, with under four minutes remaining, Adams' continued pressure yielded a PK of its own, which Elizabeth Lillie converted.

Adams held back Troy on two corners with about a minute remaining to preserve the tie. Adams is 1-1-2 overall, and 1-0-2 in the OAA.



Saturday, April 19
Falcons Slip Past Highlanders 2-1
By BRITTANY OCHTINSKY Special to The Oakland Press
ROCHESTER HILLS — For Rochester, the key to beating cross-town rival Rochester Adams was simple: Play with fire in your heart. That was what Camille Smith-Winberry said to her team
before the start of the game and what coach Todd Heugh reminded the Falcons of at halftime, sparking them to score two second-half goals to beat host Adams, 2-1, Thursday night.
    “Camille is so smart, as far as her soccer brain goes,” Heugh said.
    She brings that same knowledge on the field, as she moved from wide midfield as a freshman to a sweeper her sophomore year, where she has remained the past three seasons.
    “As long as she’s been here, she’s done what we’ve asked of her,” Heugh said. “We took a chance on her as a sophomore and every once in awhile I’ve toyed with the idea of moving her, but she’s steady.”
    Smith-Winberry’s motto wouldn’t have been as meaningful if her team came up on the losing end of the game. And judging by the first 40 minutes of the game, it looked like Adams had the upper hand.
    Through a scoreless first
half, it was the Highlanders that controlled the ball and put several quality shots on Rochester goalkeeper Emily Liles.
    “I’m so proud of my girls, I thought it was one of the better first halves we’ve played and it was unfortunate we couldn’t score a couple goals in the first half,” Adams coach Juan Delgado said.
    Adams got the ball rolling 30 seconds into the second half when Keely Chandler converted on a turnover deep in Rochester’s zone and beat Liles.
    Rochester came back five minutes later when Amber Brewster headed the ball past Adams’ goalie Jessica Wineke. The Falcons struck again with 10:52 remaining, after they were awarded a free kick. Wineke was on the ground making the initial save, when Lauren Fant picked up the rebound and lifted it up and over the goalie.
    “The second half, I knew Todd would fire his girls up and I still believe we held the edge in the second half, they just scored two great goals,”
Delgado said. “It’s unfortunate when you play well and still lose.”
    Adams kept challenging Liles, but she wouldn’t budge. In an act of desperation to tie the game, Delgado pushed all of his players up and into Rochester’s zone and pulled Wineke for an extra attacker, but to no avail.
    The closest the Highlanders got to knotting the score came with a little over a minute left in the game when Jordan McAdory fired a shot right at Liles, who came up with the big save.
    “She (Liles) struggled a little bit against Stoney Creek last week. She was mentally in this game, very sharp and didn’t give up rebounds. She made some really good decisions at the end and won us the game,” said Heugh, who also credits his defense for keeping the Falcons in the game. “Adams has a ton of great forwards and they consistently put pressure on us.”
    “Their goalie made some great saves, but you have to give credit to our girls who fought well defensively. We did all we could,” Delgado said. “It doesn’t matter if you lose 5-1 or 2-1, the fact is you want to tie the game.”
    Rochester (4-2, 3-1 OAA I) will host Lake Orion Saturday, while Adams (1-2-2, 1-1-2) travels to Bloomfield Hills Lahser Saturday.


Monday, April 21
Adams Dominates Groves, 4-0

The Adams Highlanders got back in the win column Saturday, dominating Birmingham Groves 4-0 in a non-league game.

Andrea Meloff took top honors with a  hat trick, scoring two goals in the first half and one in the second.  Rounding out the scoring was Keely Chandler with a blast from beyond the penalty area late in the second half.

Adams controlled the play the entire day, with solid midfield play and defensive work, limiting Groves to minimal scoring chances.  It was the Highlanders first shutout of the season.

In JV action, Adams defeated Groves by the same 4-0 margin.



Thursday, April 24
Knights Nip Adams, 2-1

Adams suffered another heartbreaker Tuesday, falling to Bloomfield Lahser, 2-1 in OAA league play.

Lahser scored on corner kicks in the first and second half, to go up 2-0. The Highlanders responded with a goal of its own midway throught the second half, but despite a furious rally and dominating play and possession, could not equalize the score.

In JV action, Adams defeated Lahser 3-0 to continue its win streak.

 



Friday, April 25
Highlanders Rally to Defeat Athens

The Adams Highlanders came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, posting a 2-1 victory over previously unbeaten Troy Athens.

After taking a 1-0 deficit into halftime, the Highlanders turned up their intensity and scored two goals within the first 5 minutes of the second half.  Brittany Buckler got Adams on the scoreboard with an assist from Andrea Meloff.   A few minutes later, Buckler and Meloff combined to assist Jordan McAdory for the go-ahead goal.  Adams continued to apply the pressure, earning a PK that went just wide.  Athens pulled their GK in the last 4 minutes in an attempt to tie the score, but Adams held on to preserve the victory.

In JV action, the Highlanders fell to the Red Hawks, 1-0 to end their 3-game win streak.

 

 

 



Monday, April 28
Highlanders Slay the Dragons, 6-0
LO game

The Adams soccer team took out its goal-scoring frustrations on OAA nemesis Lake Orion Saturday, tallying six goals in a 6-0 shutout victory.

The Highlanders took a 2-0 lead into halftime, then completely dominated the Dragons for the remainder of the game. Scoring were Andrea Meloff, Jordan McAdory, Megan Niles, Maria Wright and Casey Thal. Defenders Kristin Sanburn and Melanie Horton led the defense in setting the tone for the shutout, the team's second of the season. Every Highlander player saw signficant action in Saturday's contest, which leaves Adams with a 4-3-2 record thus far on the season.

 



Wednesday, April 30
Adams Take Second Straight Contest from Lake Orion

Courtesy of The Oakland Press -- Highlanders employ ‘soccer wrinkle’ to produce scoring binge

By KEITH DUNLAP Of The Oakland Press 

    ROCHESTER HILLS — Even on a bitterly chilly night, Rochester Adams stumbled on a way to feel warm and cozy the whole time.
    The solution to staying warm for Adams was scoring goals. Lots of them in fact.
    Not only did the celebrations and joyous sprints back to midfield produce good cardio that kept the blood flowing, but all the offense was the biggest reason had the warmest feeling of all afterwards, a winning one, following a 5-2 win over Lake Orion in an Oakland Activities Association Division I girls soccer contest on Tuesday.
    With the win, Adams (5-3-2, 4-2-2 OAA I) won its third straight game and stayed very much alive in the OAA I race, all the while continuing to rack up offensive stats as if it was a pinball game.

    Following a 6-0 win at Lake Orion on Saturday, Adams picked up where it left off in the second of back-to-back games against the Dragons, registering five goals and 19 shots in the game, 12 in a first half that saw the Highlanders score three times to take a 3-0 halftime lead.
    “I think the last five games we’ve played, we’ve played the same way,” Adams head coach Juan Delgado said. “The last four or five games we’ve played, we could’ve scored four or five goals. We’ve been playing very consistent and very hard.”
    Lake Orion head coach Ken Snage said Adams threw a “soccer wrinkle” at his team the last two games, but declined to get into specifics as to what Adams did that caused
all its offense.
    Snage said he just hopes his team learned from what Adams did and it can better handle similar strategy in games the rest of the year.
    “It was a soccer wrinkle that was very difficult for our kids to deal with and I’ll leave it at that,” Snage said. “We’ll work on what we need to work on. Some things need to be worked on in practice. They’ve got to get a focus on what they’re doing in terms of education. It’s like reading a book. You’ve got to really read the book before you know the answers.
We have to make sure we understand that when teams throw wrinkles at you, these are our adjustments.”
    In a span of 8:06 in the first half, Melanie Horton, Meagan Niles and Elizabeth Lillie each tallied goals to give the Highlanders a 3-0 lead with 11:05 remaining in the first half.
    Lake Orion (4-4-1, 2-4-1) really had to have the here-wego-again feeling after Angela Gerback scored with 24:18 left in the game to make it 4-0 Adams, but the Dragons finally found some life.
    After a goal by Lydia Stuef with 17:01 to go, Lake Orion cut the lead to 4-2 with 12:59 remaining on a goal by Kelsey Hopper.

    However, Adams put the game away with under 11 minutes left on a goal by Maria Wright, who buried a centering pass delivered from the far post by Jackie Dospil.
    Lillie finished with a goal and an assist for Adams, while goalie Hailey Redd made 11 saves in net for Lake Orion.


Wednesday, May 7
Colts hold off Highlanders, 4-1
By BRITTANY OCHTINSKY Special to The Oakland Press 
   ROCHESTER HILLS — Everyone knows the old saying “It’s not over until the fat lady sings,” but for Rochester Adams, the game’s not over until the final whistle blows.
   Despite falling 4-1 to visiting Troy Tuesday night, the Highlanders were never completely out of the game.
   Down 3-0 midway through the second half, Adams put a shot on net that deflected off the goal post. There was a scrum in front of the net and Jordan McAdory hit a left-footed volley from 18 yards out that hit the back of the net and gave the Highlanders a new life.
   “I really felt another one coming, but then they (Troy) scored the last one and it took the wind out of our sails,” Adams’ JV coach Ken Hernandez said.
   Hernandez was pulling double duty, coaching his own game and filling in for varsity coach Juan Delgado.
   “Last year or two years ago, we scored two goals in the last 40 seconds to pull a victory, so it’s never over,” Hernandez said.
   In the final three minutes of the game, Troy’s Nicole Vallianatos converted off a corner kick by Madeline Wideman to put the game safely away.
   “For the most part, the score doesn’t reflect what happened in the game,” Troy coach Henry Steinwascher said. “I don’t want to say we were that much better than them — three goals better. Unfortunately they made a couple of mistakes and we were able to capitalize on them, but we weren’t the dominant team.”
   The game was fairly evenly matched, but Troy got on the board early with what Steinwascher considered a “cheap” goal, in which Katie Thoenes took a half shot from 30 yards out that Adams misplayed and Troy’s Megan Pines eventually put in the net.
   Later, Adams got caught on an offside trap and Madeline Wideman had a breakaway on net to give the Colts a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
   Emily Dzik’s goal in the second half came as a Highlander defender tried to control the ball and Dzik happened to be right there to capitalize, which seemed to be the theme of the night for Troy.
   Another key to Troy’s success was limiting their mistakes.
   “I don’t want to say we played a flawless game. We made some mistakes that they could have capitalized on and changed the game,” Steinwascher said.
   “There were two or three good chances within the 18 that we didn’t clear, that deflected off of us and it could have been 1-1, 2-1, 2-0. There was no point in the game where they were out of the game and not creating chances.”
   As the season starts to wind down for Adams, Hernandez is pleased with the way the Highlanders are playing right now.
   “Even with the losses, I’m pleased with the effort our girls are giving,” he said. “I thought we had some nice stretches, but Troy worked really hard. In this league (OAA I), you can’t take it in little stretches because they will take advantage of you and they did.”


Friday, May 9
Adams, Rochester play to 2-2 tie

By KEITH DUNLAP Of The Oakland Press
    ROCHESTER HILLS — It was a typical rivalry game contested by typically good teams.
    Yes, that description sounds as bland and boring as bad elevator music, but there really isn’t any other way to depict the girls soccer game between
Rochester and Rochester Adams on Thursday.
    Each team had its scoring chances, each team had its goals, and in the end, each team earned a point in the Oakland Activities Association Division I standings, following a 2-2 tie.
    Because of the result, the OAA I title will likely boil down to this coming Tuesday, when first-place Troy Athens travels to second-place Rochester.
    Athens is currently two points ahead of the Falcons in the league standings, with three points awarded to win
ners of league games.
    For Rochester, the result was palatable, given the Falcons were dealt a huge blow before the game began.
    During warm-ups, one of Rochester’s best players, sophomore midfielder Amanda Anton, had her right knee buckle as she cut on the turf.
    Instead of playing, Anton spent the game getting treated for a sprained knee and left the field on crutches afterward. Her status is unclear.
    “That’s the first
time I’ve ever had a player get hurt in warm-ups,” Rochester head
coach Todd Heugh said. “It’s hard when you take a player of her caliber out of our lineup, but I thought Ariel McConnell did a wonderful job in her place tonight. But I think it definitely got on the minds of some of the girls.”
    As for the game, Adams opened the scoring just over three minutes into the first half on a goal by junior Angela Gerback, who stole the ball from a Rochester defender in the box and blasted a shot into the goal.
    Rochester answered, how
ever, tying the game with 26:27 left in the first half on a goal by senior Amber Brewster, who tapped in a loose ball in the box off of a throw-in by McConnell.
    The Falcons (9-2-3, 6-1-3 OAA I) then took a 2-1 lead with 21:34 left on a goal by junior Lauren Fant, who took a pass from Brewster and buried a chance from point-blank range.
    The score remained that way until 17:57 in the game, when Gerback converted a penalty kick for a 2-2 tie after a hand ball was called on a Rochester defender in the box.
    With the tie, Adams went to 5-5-3 overall and 4-3-3 in league play.

    “Really, we’re trying to get players healthy,” Adams head coach Juan Delgado said. “We’ve got players playing injured and we’ve got two key players out. We’re probably in the same boat as Todd. Everybody at this point is just trying to get healthy. It was a good game both ways. I thought there were a lot of chances. Instead of 2-2, the game could’ve been 6-6.”


Rochester’s Amber Brewster (20) and Rochester Adams’ Jordan McAdory fi ght for control of the ball during Thursday’s OAA I game.The two teams played to a 2-2 tie.
The Oakland Press/ DOUG BAUMAN


Wednesday, May 14
Highlanders Outshoot Knights, 4-3

(courtesy of The Rochester Eccentric) 

Jordan McAdory netted the hat trick Tuesday, including the game-winner with 15 minutes left, in leading visiting Rochester Adams past Bloomfield Hills Lahser in OAA Division I girls soccer action, 4-3.

Angela Gerback scored the first goal for Adams and Andrea Meloff finished with three assists for the Highlanders (6-5-3, 5-3-3).

Anne Zambricki, who scored in the first half, had a goal and an assist in the second half for Lahser (7-8-1, 4-5-1) to tie the game at 3-3. Chandler Roberts also scored for the Knights.



Friday, May 16
Adams Takes Second from Stoney, 6-2

Rochester Adams started the 2008 season with a victory over rival Stoney Creek, and ended the OAA season the same way, this time by a score of 6-2 .  Andrea Meloff notched two goals and Jordan McAdory contributed a goal and two assists to lead Adams.  The Highlanders are 7-5-3 overall with 3 nonconference games to play, and finish the OAA season in 3rd place, 6-3-3. 

JV was also victorious, tallying a 1-0 win. 



Sunday, May 18
Ike, Rain Dampen Senior Day

With the OAA schedule behind them, Adams embarked on a 3-game stretch of non-conference games heading into Districts.  On Saturday, Adams fell to Utica Eisenhower 3-0 on Senior Day.  Pre-game ceremonies honored the eight seniors, Faith Hatt, Elizabeth Lillie, Jordan McAdory, Melanie Horton, Maria Wright, Sarah Weller, Meagan Niles, and Kendall Swarbrick.

The game was marked by periodic rain showers that forced the post-game picnic indoors to the cafeteria.  The Highlanders finish the season with N.D. Prep and Clarkston before heading to Districts.

 

 



Wednesday, May 21
Highlanders Shutout Irish, 4-0

Adams travelled to Notre Dame Prep on Tuesday for a non-conference game, and controlled play en route to a 4-0 victory.

Scoring for the Highlanders were Faith Hatt, Angela Gerback, Andrea Meloff and Jordan McAdory.  Adams had numerous goal-scoring chances throughout the game, while limiting N.D. to very few with a strong defensive effort.  Jessica Wineke and the Adams defense picked up their third shutout of the season, and the team improved to 8-6-3 overall (6-3-3 OAA). 

 

 



Thursday, May 22
Adams Cruises Past Clarkston and Into Playoffs

Adams closed out the 2008 regular season in style, defeating Clarkston 5-0.  Elizabeth Lillie, Meagan Niles, Faith Hatt, Jordan McAdory and Brittany Buckler provided the scoring, with Angela Gerback adding 2 assists.  The defense stepped up with another strong effort, earning their second straight shutout.  The game marks the final appearance of the Adams seniors at Highlander Stadium.

The Highlanders finish their regular season at 9-6-3 (6-3-3 in OAA; Third Place).



Friday, May 30
Highlanders clear obstacles, drop Falcons

By KEITH DUNLAP Of The Oakland Press
UTICA — As if archrival Rochester wasn’t a tough enough opponent, Rochester Adams had another challenge to overcome entering a Division 1 district semifinal on Thursday: Post-prom syndrome.
    Along with graduations, such a problem is often a hassle for coaches of any spring sport, and it was the case for Adams head coach Juan Delgado with his squad having to play the biggest game of the season a day after the school’s prom that was attended by most of his team.
    Fortunately for Delgado, his team proved it could overcome both hurdles, as the Highlanders battled through the prom effect and Rochester
for a 2-0 win that eliminated the defending state runner-up from the playoffs.
    While both prom and Rochester are now behind the Highlanders, Saturday will
present an even bigger challenge, as Adams (10-6-3) will face unbeaten and No. 3-ranked Utica
Eisenhower for the district title at noon at Swinehart Field in Utica.
    For most of the first half, Adams carried the play to Rochester, earning numerous quality scoring chances and near-misses that were cleared out at the last minute by Rochester goalie Emily Liles or her defense.
    Rochester senior defender Lauren Leemhuis saved one goal when she cleared a shot along the goal line by Adams
senior Jordan McAdory that was headed for an empty net.
    However, the Falcons turned it on in the second half, controlling play and garnering several near-misses themselves in front of the Adams net.
    The game remained scoreless until 20:54 left in the game, when Adams took advantage of a set piece. Taking a corner kick, Adams senior Elizabeth Lillie blistered a service into the box, which was perfectly headed into the goal by junior
teammate Angela Gerback to give the Highlanders a 1-0 lead.
    For good measure, Adams tacked on an insurance goal with 7:27 remaining, as senior Faith Hatt got loose during a scramble in front of the Rochester net and fired a shot that went off of a Rochester defender and into the goal to make it 2-0.
    On the other side, Rochester finished 10-6-3, placing second to Troy Athens in Oakland Activities Association Division 1. The Falcons were no doubt affected in the waning weeks of the regular season by the loss of sophomore Amanda Anton, who suffered a season-ending knee injury three weeks ago in warm-ups before Rochester’s second regular season meeting with Adams.
    Still, Rochester had its opportunities to score, but
couldn’t do so in seeing its season end.
    “I thought we were able to fix some things at halftime and were able to put some pressure on them,” Rochester head coach Todd Heugh said. “When you’re playing your cross-town rival for the third time this year, you’ve got to score when you get your chances. They scored on their chances and we didn’t. We made the adjustments at halftime and I thought my girls responded well to our adjustments. They left everything they had out on the field and for that I thank them and commend them.”
    Eisenhower defeated the Highlanders, 3-0, at Adams earlier this month


Monday, June 2
Eisenhower Edges Adams in Overtime

By JASON SCHMITT Of Journal Register News Service

UTICA — It seemed all too simplistic. But the end result was exactly what Utica Eisenhower coach Mehrdad Nekoogar had hoped for. Sophomore forward Stacey Catalano fired a wind-aided shot from 25 yards out, scoring the game-winning goal with 7:13 left to play in overtime as the Eagles came from behind to beat Rochester Adams, 4-3, in a Division 1 district championship game at Utica’s Swinehart Field.

“Coach encouraged us to work our hardest out there,” Catalano said. “All I was thinking was to just shoot whenever I can.”

Both teams battled intense wind and the Highlanders made the most of that advantage early in the second half.

Adams broke open a 1-1 game, striking early on a goal by junior Keely Chandler. Senior Faith Hatt set the goal up with a cross into the box. Senior Jordan McAdory got a piece of the ball, which found its way to the foot of Chandler.

The Highlanders made it 3-1 as junior Andrea Meloff notched her second goal of the game with 29:19 left to play. McAdory passed the ball up to Meloff, who dribbled in from the left and sent a sliding shot past Eisenhower goalkeeper Joanna Hinde.

Playing into the wind, things seemed bleak for the Eagles. But that’s when the team’s pass-possession offense began to click.

Junior Stefana Ciraulo drew the Eagles within a goal, firing a free kick past freshman keeper Jessica Wineke from 25 yards out with 20:18 left in the game.

It didn’t take long for Nekoogar’s team to strike again.

The Eagles drew even as junior Alyssa Telang took a pass in the box from Shelly Rogers and drew Wineke out of the goal before firing a shot past her to make it a 3-3 game with 18:35 left in regulation.

“Even when we were down 3-1, the girls never gave up,” Nekoogar said. “You normally don’t find that. The girls continued pounding and pounding and we got it.”

Both teams had their chances down the stretch. Eisenhower staved off the Highlanders’ charges and had the wind with it in the first overtime.

“The first overtime we had the wind and we knew they weren’t going to do a lot of attacking,” Nekoogar said. “I told them ‘put the ball in there and anything can happen with the wind.’ Otherwise you’re going to pay the price in the second (overtime). So you might as well go for the win. And we got lucky.”

Adams coach Juan Delgado said he made some changes after taking the two-goal lead. And he admitted afterward that those changes may not have worked out the best for his team.

“We had a 3-1 lead with 25 minutes to go and we made some adjustments we thought would work,” said Delgado, whose team finished the season at 10-7-3. “From a head coach’s standpoint I look back and maybe I could have done something different. Sometimes the decisions you make work for you and sometimes they don’t.

“I just feel bad for the girls. We had a great bunch of girls. I’m proud of my girls. It was probably the closest group, the hardest-working group I’ve ever had.”

The game was tied, 1-1, at halftime.

Adams got on the board first as Meloff scored off a rebound to make it a 1-0 game with 30:54 showing on the clock. McAdory took a shot on goal, which Hinde stopped. The ball squirted over to Meloff, who punched it into a wide-open net.

Eisenhower tied the game at 1-1 with a little help from the wind and a lucky bounce.

Ciraulo took a shot on goal from 35 yards out. In an attempt to clear the ball, Adams’ junior Kristin Sanburn headed the ball over Wineke, who had come out to play the ball.

Eisenhower (19-0-1) will play Flushing in a regional semifinal match at Saginaw Heritage on Tuesday.

“Our players played hard. And that’s all I can ask, regardless of which way the game goes,” Nekoogar said. “We had a good season this year and we wanted to keep the momentum going. We wanted to keep winning.”



Sunday, June 8
Spring 2008 Results
  SCHEDULE Result Score
Mon, April 07 Clarkston Jr. W 6-1
Wed, April 09 Rochester w 1-0
Mon, April 14 @ W. Bloomfield w 2-0
Wed, April 16 Grand Blanc w 1-0
Fri, April 18 @Troy Athens L 0-3
Mon, April 21 Lake Orion W 4-2
Wed, April 23 Stoney Creek W 2-0
Fri, April 25 Birm Groves  W 4-0
Mon, April 28 @ Birm Seaholm  W 4-0
Thu, May 01 @ Clarkston Jr.  W 3-1
Fri, May 02 @ Troy High  L 0-1
Mon, May 05 @ Royal Oak T 2-2
Wed, May 07 @ Birm Groves  W 1-0
Mon, May 12 Troy Athens  L 1-2
Wed, May 14 Troy High School  L 0-1
Fri, May 16 @ Stoney Creek W 2-1
Mon, May 19 @ Lake Orion W 1-0
Wed, May 21 @ Rochester W 2-0