Rochester Adams Highlanders: ... 2007

Thursday, March 1
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________GIRLS SEASON - Spring 2007

Shooting Blanks 29 Mar 2007
The 2007 Adams JV Highlanders started the season on the road against the Stoney Creek Cougars. Despite dominating play for 80 minutes the girls could not find the back of the net and left with a 0-0 tie; the Highlanders out shot the Cougars 9-0. Next up is Troy Athens on April 2nd.



Rocky Start at Stoney Creek 29 Mar 2007
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Rochester Stoney Creek 2 - Rochester Adams 1

Rochester Adams applied early pressure on shots from Andrea Meloff and Jordan McAdory, but Stoney Creek countered with 4 shots from Dani Haelewyn, 1 from Kelsey Pichel, and the go ahead goal from Kelly Taylor (Stephanie Carter). The half ended 1-0 in favor of Stoney Creek . In the second half Adams started out strong again when Keely Chandler put a shot off the crossbar. Midway through the second half Adams Faith Hatt put in a header off a Brittany Boeckel cross. With 3 minutes left in the game Dani Haelewyn (K. Pichel) scored on a low screen shot from the right 18yd line. Stoney Creek goes to 2-0; Rochester Adams falls to 0-1.


For more pics of the team this season CLICK HERE. Many Thanks to Randall McAdory and his magic camera for all the wonderful images!


Also played today:
Adams JV 0 - Stoney Creek JV 0


Highlanders Hold At Home vs. Athens 2 April 2007
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Rochester Adams 2 - Troy Athens 1

Rochester Adams first home stand of the season started with a balanced first half by both teams. Troy Athens drew first blood on a goal by Jordyn Bazin (Jackie Short) from the right side of the net. Adams countered with a goal by Keely Chandler (Jordan McAdory). McAdory had 2 quick shots in succession from 10 yds out which lead up to the goal. The first half ended with a 1-1 score; with four shots on goal for each team. The second half was dominated by the Adams defense anchored by Kristen Sanburn, Melanie Horton, and Helen Andrews as they held Athens to no shots on goal. Rochester Adams player Brittany Boeckel buried the game winner from 20 yds out into the left upper 90 on a pass from Melanie Horton. Rochester Adams moves to 1-1 on the season.

For more pics of the team this season CLICK HERE. Many Thanks to Randall McAdory and his magic camera for all the wonderful images!


Also played today:
Adams JV (0) – Athens JV (2)


JV Update: JV Highlanders Dealt First Loss
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The JV girls ran into a very good Troy Athens team tonight and lost 2-0. After a first half where the Redhawks controlled play and led 1-0 on a free kick, the second half seemed to inspire our girls to play better. We now were controlling the ball more and made the Athens keeper work for the shutout. The Highlanders did give up another goal to secure the win for Troy.

We are two games into the season without a goal; let’s hope for that streak to end against Clarkston on the 4th.


Adams Return From Break Flying High 17 Apr 2007
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Rochester Adams 3 - Fenton 0

Rochester Adams took a 1-0 lead into the end of the first half on a goal from six yards out by Keely Chandler (Jordan McAdory). Andrea Meloff and Casey Thal also had first half attempt to score. The second half scoring starting off with an Adams goal from Andrea Meloff (Brittany Boeckel), Boeckel’s initial shot rang off the crossbar. The final goal came off a set up pass from Meloff to McAdory and left Faith Hatt in alone on the keeper in which she buried a shot in the lower left corner. Brittany Boeckel, Elizabeth Lillie, and Sarah Weller also placed shots on the net as the Adams offense dominated in the Tiger defensive end. Shots on goal were 8 for Adams 1 for Fenton. Kristine Gasparovic records the shutout for Adams. Adams moves to 2-1 on the season.


NEXT UP:
Adams host Lake Orion, Wed, 19 Apr 2007. JV at 5:30; Varsity at 7:00

For more pics of the team this season CLICK HERE. Many Thanks to Randall McAdory and his magic camera for all the wonderful images!


Also played today:
Adams JV 0 – Fenton JV 0


Wednesday, April 18
A Shuttering Site
Adams Soccer Rocks! GAME PHOTOS GALORE!

Get in the action and be right there on the field. Game photos for all three Adams soccer teams are available for your viewing pleasure at SMUGMUG.COM (click here).

A very big thank you to Randall McAdory for the fantastic images you’re providing.

If you have a site with team pics and game pics you would like to share, forward me the link and We’ll set it up right away. If you have taken any individual pics that you would like to include in the photo galleries, send them to me at kenhernandez@gmail.com and I’ll make sure they get forwarded.


Wednesday, April 18
Giving Thanks Where Thanks is Due!
It is thanks to the efforts of some wonderful volunteers that we are able to keep Highlander fans updated with this website.

First of all, Thanks to Mark Meloff and Rob Rudorf for keeping stats and taking the time to submit a game account after the matches.
Also many Thanks to Randal McAdory for the fantastic varsity pictures you provide and share all year long (you should do a Ken Burns type of PBS documentary).
Many Thanks as well to Sarah Lewis for lending her photojournalistics talents for the JV matches.
Kudos to Chyra Gaduski who has taken the initiative to keep scores and game accounts for the Freshman team up to date. Check out the Freshman team page to see what a great job she is doing.
A big thank you to everybody who helps out during and in between the games as well.
And finally a particular note of appreciation and gratitude to Supermom, Jennifer Daniels, who somehow makes everything click and never misses a beat. "Thank You" falls far short of the mark for everything you've done for this team over the years, but we hope you know how much we all value your contributions and your friendship.

Please enjoy the website and always feel free to contact me with any questions or ideas.

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JV Update: Everything But The Goal 17 April 2007
The Drought Continues

An 18 shot effort for the Highlanders against an overmatched Fenton team yields yet another scoreless result, and leaves Adams JV side without a goal on 42 shots in 3 games.

Another look at goal The ladies are trying and in fact are playing quite well. And certainly, nobody is ready to press the panic button as of yet. With the conspicuous exception of finishing, all other aspects of the games are clicking well. Defense has been rock solid (Fenton earned only one shot on the evening, Stoney Creek only two). Set pieces have been very well executed and created some dangerous chances. And the team is generally playing some strong, attractive, and often dominant soccer. It wasn’t until the 19-minute mark of the first half before the Tigers even crossed mid-field and Adams controlled play throughout the match.

Hats off the the Fenton goalkeeper who did come up big several times to keep Adams off the scoresheet. Three or four time, a resulting goal seemed all but certain, but the Tigers' athletic keeper displayed outstanding determination in getting a hand out to turn the ball aside. Great chances - great saves.

But despite all the great chances the Highlanders have been creating for themselves, they remain just that – chances. Ladies, it’s time to shake off this finishing bugaboo and claim some of what you work so hard to earn.

Lake Orion are up next. They are always good. That would be a very good place for us to turn the corner.



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Highlanders Hitting Stride 20 April 2007
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Rochester Adams 2 - Lake Orion 0

Rochester Adams came out hard against Lake Orion in the first half peppering 12 shots; of which 6 of them were on target. Rochester Adams scored early when Faith Hatt took a pass from Andrea Meloff in the midfield and made a fantastic run down the right flank then crossed a service to Brittany Boeckel who layed-off to Keely Chandler near the penalty spot. Keely 1-timed it home with authority to finish off a truly loved sequence.

In the second half a quick pass from Andrea Meloff from 20 yards out found Keely Chandler in front of the Lake Orion net for her second tally of the night. Adams had good opportunities from many players tonight as all saw action. Brittany Boeckel, Christina Sarkesian, Jordan McAdory, Elizabeth Lillie, Faith. Hatt, Andrea Meloff, Kendall Swarbrick, and Maria Wright all had a go at the net with good shots.

Sara Weller & Elizabeth LillieBut it was a bittersweet victory at best, because it came at far too high a price as standout juniors, Sara Weller and Elizabeth Lillie, both suffered major injuries before halftime even rolled around. Lillie is expected to be out of action for 3-4 weeks while Weller's injury puts her out for the remainder of the season. Boeckel also went down with injuries in the first half and did not return. Boeckel's status is not yet determined. The strong defense of Angela Gerback, Helen Andrews, Kristen Sandburn, Melanie Horton, and M.E. Daniels kept the Lake Orion out of our defensive end. Kristine Gasparovic records her second straight shutout. Adams moves to 3-1 on the season.


NEXT UP:
Adams hits the road and heads up north to Grand Blanc, Sat, 21 Apr 2007. Freshman Team at 10:00am; JV at 11:30; Varsity at 1:00

For more pics of the team this season CLICK HERE. Many Thanks to Randall McAdory and his magic camera for all the wonderful images!


Also played today:
Adams JV 0 – Lake Orion JV 3


JV Update: Tough Loss for JV Team 20 April 2007
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Near goal for Adams
Adams JV came out motivated on the first truly decent evening to play soccer this season, and they battled hard all the match long, but despite a match more tightly contested than the 3-0 scoreline would indicate, it wasn’t our night tonight.

The first half was very intense with both teams playing very well moving up and down the field. It was the 14 minute mark when Lake Orion's Emily Richter found the high right corner of the net to start the scoring. The remainder of the half was hard fought, but despite several quality scoring chances, Adams were unable to find a real flow to the game. The Highlanders’ best and most dramatic opportunity came in the closing seconds of the half when Orion’s keeper got stranded at the near post as a perfectly played pass from Whitney Newsom (? I think – I’ll have to double-check that) crossed dangerously across the face of the open goal but then just past the outstretched leg of a hard charging Kristi Lewis by mere inches.

The second half Adams were still unable to find their form and so tried to shake things up a bit, pulling a midfielder and adding a third forward to try to push the issue. The Dragons did a good job of handling the adjustment, however, and capitalized on their chances to stretch their lead to 3-0. And that was how it would end for us tonight... green and ugly.

It’s a tough loss but it must be said, that despite the difficulty in finding a flow tonight, you girls played tough and determined every step of the way and never let up for a moment – and I’m very proud of you for that. Keep up that manner of play and it will come together. I promise you that. Good effort tonight.



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JV Update: Grand Blanc’d 21 April 2007
The day was picture perfect. The natural grass field was lovely and fun to play on. And Adams played a very attractive game, possibly their best of the season, but fell 1-0 to Grand Blanc in a highly entertaining contest.

Adams came out of the gate fast and set up a scoring opportunity thirty seconds into the game when Jenna Simard beat her defender down the right side. The Bobcats countered quickly with a run of their own on the left side of field which ended up in the back of the net on a high shot by Jessica Miller.

Both teams settled into a hard played first half that yielded an equal amount of chances but the defenses were more than up to the task.

The second half was quite different for Adams; they controlled play with sharp passing and suffocating defense that only gave up 3 shots, none of which posed much of a threat. In the last minutes of the game a certain goal was turned away after getting by the keeper but was turned away just as a hard charging Jenna was closing fast to knock the ball into the back of the net for the tie. There was time left for another charge as Lexy Newsom turned the corner around her defender on the way to goal when the horn sounded.

Overall this was the best looking effort of the season. I love the effort and I love the play. And to anybody who’s been watching, the feeling that things are about to burst wide open for us is palpable. Let’s get back to work Monday and bring it against Troy on Tuesday.



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Magnificent Seven 21 April 2007
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Rochester Adams 7 - Grand Blanc 0

Adams had a simply spectacular afternoon dominating play throughout the match, and tallying seven goals from seven different goalscorers. In an unusual turn of events in the soccer world “Team Adams” scored four goals on their first four shots The first half ended at 4-0 for Rochester Adams and left a usually tough Grand Blanc opponent stunned. First half goals were scored by Andrea Meloff (Faith Hatt), Helen Andrews (Sarah Bachleda), Maria Wright (Keely Chandler), and Megan Ruehle (Andrea Meloff); followed up in the second half with goals from Faith Hatt (Maria Wright), Keely Chandler (Faith Hatt), and Stephanie Torrealba unassisted.

If anyone said shooting accuracy is underrated they should have been watching this game. We scored on 64% of our shots on goal; 11 shots on goal total, and only 1 shot off the mark for the game! The Bobcats best chance came in the second half when Alexandra Lord #17 closed in quickly from the front of the net forcing Kristine Gasparovic to come out and close down the angle of attack. Kristine records her third straight shutout. Adams moves to 4- 1 on the season.

Thanks to Mark Meloff for the game account above. For now, girls, all I can say is I was blown away. It is always rewarding and gratifying to get to work with you through the season, but it was just plain fun to WATCH you today. What a magnificent FULL team effort. I just cannot find enough good things to say.

That's a great job and a fantastic win truly well earned. Now let’s bring that focus, that flow, that intensity and that quality into next week.




NEXT UP:
Adams travels to Troy, Tuesday, 24 Apr 2007. JV at 5:30; Varsity at 7:00

For more pics of the team this season CLICK HERE. Many Thanks to Randall McAdory and his magic camera for all the wonderful images!


Also played today:
Adams JV 0 – Grand Blanc JV 1


Colt Fight 24 April 2007
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Adams 1 - Troy 1

In typical OAA Division 1 soccer Troy High defended their home turf and came out hard against our Highlanders. The Highlanders came off an offensive onslaught in their previous game and may have used up too much of their offensive Karma.

The first half ended scoreless as Troy out-shot us 4-1. The first half was called early when defender Megan Ruehle had an injury that required an ambulance (concussion) and a Troy defender was carted off the field with a knee injury.

In the second half the Highlanders drew first blood when a Keely Chandler pass found Andrea Meloff in stride at the top of the box. Meloff went in one on one with the keeper and put it away in the lower left corner. The Highlanders were “back on their heels” in this one as Troy peppered 10 shots at us in the 2nd half. Five minutes after our goal Troy’s Megan Pines weaved up the right side and sent a pass that found the foot of Nicole Vallianatos for the tying goal.

Two big defensive plays for the Highlanders came when Meagan Niles caught a Troy striker in stride and blocked a potential goal, followed by a hard shot that was cleared on the goal line by the head of Melanie Horton which otherwise would have been the deciding goal. Kristine Gasparovic had many key saves that kept us in the game. Adams is now 4-1-1 on the season.


NEXT UP:
Adams host Rochester, Thursday, 26 Apr 2007. JV at 5:30; Varsity at 7:00

For more pics of the team this season CLICK HERE. Many Thanks to Randall McAdory and his magic camera for all the wonderful images!


Also played today:
Adams JV 0 – Troy JV 2




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Falcons Flying High26 April 2007
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Adams 0 – Rochester 4

Rochester came out strong and never relinquished pressure after scoring two early goals. Adams were able to fend off the Falcons’ for the next 50 minutes of play but were unable to crack the Rochester defense for any truly dangerous opportunities on the other end.

Two late goals for Rochester sealed the match as the #2 Falcons earned their 7th straight win and improve to 7-0 on the season.

NEXT UP:
Adams play Groves AT STONEY CREEK HIGH SCHOOL, Saturday, 28 Apr 2007. Varsity at 7:00 (no JV match that day)

For more pics of the team this season CLICK HERE. Many Thanks to Randall McAdory and his magic camera for all the wonderful images!


Also played today:
Adams JV 1 – Rochester JV 2


Friday, April 27
JV Update: Getting Closer 26 April 2007
The JV girls started slowly Thursday night and let the Falcons escape with a 2-1 win.

The Highlanders wish they could have the first 12 minutes back after going down 2-0 on a well placed shot by Mollie Pozolo and a rare backfield mistake that led to an own goal. From the 22 minute mark on the Highlanders played a nice controlled game that had Rochester back on its heels for the remainder of the first half.

Tonight’s standout moment was crafted by the Newsom sisters as Whitney from the righ of midfield found sister, Lexy, in a 1v1 match-up up top and made the 30 serve. Lexy beat her defender and then attacked straight to goal where she cooly slotted the ball for a lovely finish, breaking the scoreless streak and spurring the Highlanders on to some of the best soccer they have played for the remainder of the match. It was a great motivator that helped momentum stay on our side. The second half was well played by both teams with the Highlanders getting the best chance at the equalizer when Clare found herself in the box, with the ball, all alone but could not convert as the goalie came out to challenge.



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Groves Ripe For The Picking 29 Apr 2007
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Rochester Adams 6 Birmingham Groves 0

The Highlanders recouped from their Thursday night game and let their feet do the talking today. It was also the return of midfielders Elizabeth Lillie coming off a 3 game absence due to her knee injury, and Christina Sarkisian recovering from a Hamstring pull.

The Adams offense took a 2-0 lead to half time off of goals from Jordan McAdory who took a great shot from 15 yards out from a Brittany Boeckel feed, and Andrea Meloff who beat a defender and forced the goaltender to commit off a pass from Keely Chandler.

In the second half Adams broke open scoring on goals from Faith Hatt (Brittany Boeckel) who buried a shot under the crossbar 15 yards out, Maria Wright flew up the right side and put away the ball off a pass from Andrea Meloff, Andrea Meloff scored upstairs on the left side off a pass from Angela Gerbach, and a final goal by Angela Gerbach wide open on the left who caught the eye of Brittany Boeckel and threaded a perfect pass.

Kristine Gasparovic records her 4th shutout of the season. Senior Captain Brittany Boeckel registered 3 assists for the day as she helped the offense get back in the groove. The Adams defense of Helen Andrews, Kristen Sanburn, Melanie Horton, M.E. Daniels, and Jordan McAdory continued to gel throughout the game getting into form to face tough competition in the upcoming week. The Adams Highlanders move to 5-2-1 on the season.


NEXT UP:
Adams host Lahser, Tuesday, 1 May 2007. JV at 5:30; Varsity at 7:00

For more pics of the team this season CLICK HERE. Many Thanks to Randall McAdory and his magic camera for all the wonderful images!

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Perilous Fight 1 May 2007
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Bloomfield Hills Lasher 2 - Rochester Adams 0
This game was primarily played in the midfield. There were only 5 shots on goal for each team this game. Both Lahser goals were scored in the first half. Lahser's first goal was scored by Alene Elisevich off a pass from Kristen Abbott. The second goal was an own goal off an Adams player on a cross through the box. Adams best attempts came from Brittany Boeckel and Andrea Meloff who both put shots off the crossbar from 20 yards out. Adam's Keely Chandler just missed an opportunity off one of the crossbar rebounds. In the second half Allison Drutchas and Julia Dale had good opportunities for Lahser. Jessie Bara records the shutout for Lahser.

NEXT UP:
Adams travels to Athens, Thursday, 3 May 2007. JV at 5:30; Varsity at 7:00

For more pics of the team this season CLICK HERE. Many Thanks to Randall McAdory and his magic camera for all the wonderful images!


Also played today:
Adams JV 1 – Lahser JV 0


Wednesday, May 2
JV Update: Proof Though the Knight 1 May 2007
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Emily Rudorf tallied a 40 yard goal today.
They’ve been playing well. They’ve created chances all season. And despite coming up short thus far through the season, you just knew victory was just within our grasp because they have been playing well. But they still had to prove it. And last night they proved it. Apparently all the team needed was the promise that Ken would sing the national anthem before the varsity game if they won. And win they did, 1-0, over the visiting Bloomfield Lahser team.

The Highlanders came out strong with a good, smart control game that kept the ball in the Knights half for the first 12 minutes. Lexy Newsom kept the keeper busy with 3 shots early and Emily Rudorf started and completed the scoring with a 40+ yard shot into the back of the net. The half ended with a 9-0 shot advantage for the Adams squad.

The second half started much slower than the first, the same passes that connected earlier were missing their mark. The Knights had two breakaways that were nicely controlled by Sarah Bachleda in the middle of the half. Sarah also had a brilliant bending corner kick that was certainly heading for the top right corner of the net but a very nice save by Laney Shook kept it a one goal game. The entire girl’s effort nearly went all for naught at the 1:58 mark when Lahser’s Erin LaFave got around Adams last defender and went in one-on-one against Justine Barnes. Her shot sailed wide right securing the win and the singing for the JV Highlanders.

Justine Barnes earns her first solo shutout and the Highlanders chalk up a well earned victory.

Up next is a strong Troy Athens team that beat us 2-0 in the second game of the year.



JV Update: Battle Hardening 3 May 2007
With 2 starters playing for varsity and 3 others hobbled by injuries you’d expect to get blown out at this level that was not the case against Athens. The Highlanders did finally fall to the Redhawks, 2-1, but not before 70 minutes of high intensity soccer.

Both teams played evenly through the first half even though Lexy Newsom left 7 minutes into the game after a nasty collision with the keeper. Christine Alvarado was next at the 14 minute mark with a shin injury. Not to be outdone, Emily Rudorf came out of the game with a nosebleed as a result of a ball to the face. All three players would return later in the game.

The second half started out all Athens as Shelly Rothwell slid a shot into the right side of the goal only 1:20 after the start. The attack continued with shots sailing wide and over the net. Adams regrouped and both teams played back and forth with Athens getting a couple of close in free kick attempts that the defense controlled without much drama. With 17:30 left, Jackie Dospil was awarded a penalty kick after being tripped in the box. Jackie calmly slotted the ball into the lower right corner for the equalizer. From this point the intensity was turned up a notch. With both teams going for the win, contact increased, fouls were a bit harder and in the end a header with 5:40 to go eluded Justine for the winner.

A tired and sore JV team looks to rebound against Eisenhower on Saturday morning.



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Thursday, May 3
Roller Coaster Match 3 May 2007
Athens took the lead.
Adams equalized.
Athens took the lead.
Adams equalized.
Athens took the lead.
Adams equalized.

Final score 3-3. Whew. What a ride. It was not a "keepers night" as there were only 4 shots in the first half combined, and 3 of them went in for goals. Athens opened up scoring when Megan Amann scored from just inside the left 18 off a pass from Megan McLalin. Adams tied it up when Keely Chandler scored on a pass from Andrea Meloff on the right side. Jordan Bazin finished scoring for the half off a flipped pass over the top from Tara Masterson. The second half was spent in the Athens end of the field Melanie Horton (Kendall Swarbrick) put in a ball from 20 yards out to tie the game. Jordan Bazin (unassisted) took advantage of a forced turnover to score on Athens only shot of the half. Adams had 13 attempts in the second half and tied it up when Faith Hatt headed in a ball off an indirect kick from Elizabeth Lillie.


NEXT UP:
Adams travels to Sweingart Stadium to face Eisenhower, Saturday, 5 May 2007. JV at 10:00; Varsity at 12:00

For more pics of the team this season CLICK HERE. Many Thanks to Randall McAdory and his magic camera for all the wonderful images!


Also played today:
Adams JV 1 – Athens JV 2


JV Update: The Size Of The Fight In The Dog 5 May 2007
Eisenhower, the man – the soldier, once said:
“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog.”
Eisenhower, the team, came into the match undefeated and rolling through their competition. Our girls, entering the match with a short bench, have scratched and clawed all season long and despite fine effort, those efforts have yielded modest results thus far.

But the fight in the dog this day was inspiring.

Adams HAVE, in fact, been playing well and today, all aspects of the game came together as the Highlanders crafted a very tidy 2-1 victory over the favored Eagles. Adams seized control of the match early when, in the 10th minute, Whitney Newsom finding herself with time and space, bent a lovely 25 yard strike, full off her laces, from the right side of the penalty arc to the side panel of the far post side… a text book strike. With the lead established, the Highlanders played a smart, patient and disciplined game limiting the Eagles’ chances and patiently prodding and probing to create their own. Adams buttressed their control at the 25th minute when Erin Knapp got in behind her marker with a curling run to pick up a deftly placed through pass (whoever gave that gorgeous pass to Erin, let me know!) in full stride for a breakaway to goal. Erin made no mistake and calmly slotted the ball to the keeper’s left for the goal. Silky smooth.

The Adams were able to dictate the pace for most of the second half although unable to add to their lead. Finally, however, with 5:21 left in the match, Ike pulled to within one off a free kick restart and a subsequent scrum that the tucked away. The last 5 minutes were a bit frantic, as Ike pressed hard. But there is something else the Eisenhower, the soldier, once said:
“When you are in any contest, you should work as if there were - to the very last minute - a chance to lose it. This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.”
This is soccer as well. Adams held their ground with grit, determination, and every bit of fight you could ask for out of any team, and so preserved their well earned victory. Hats off to captain, Marissa Burns, for anchoring the defense and keeping thing well-organized in the back, and to Clair Hasting, just called up from the Freshman team, for a quality outing in her JV debut.

Great fight. Great game. I love this team.


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Highlanders & Eagles All Tied Up 5 May 2007
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Rochester Adams 1 - Utica Eisenhower 1

Beautiful playing conditions on a Saturday as Ike hosted Rochester Adams. They played to a 1-1 draw. The Highlanders hit the back of the net first when Faith Hatt found Keely Chandler at the top of the box. Chandler tucked around an Ike defender and scored. About ten minutes later Daniella Bugli scored on a well placed shot at the top of the Adams box off an Alyssa Tomassi pass. Both goals were scored in the first half. The second half had chances for both teams, but they were not able to put it between the pipes.

NEXT UP:
Adams travels to Athens, Monday, 7 May 2007. JV at 5:30; Varsity at 7:00

For more pics of the team this season CLICK HERE. Many Thanks to Randall McAdory and his magic camera for all the wonderful images!


Also played today:
Adams JV 2 - Eisenhower JV 1


JV Update: Keeping the Wolves At Bay 7 May 2007
One goal games typically keep you on the edge of your seat, not tonight as the JV girls put in a rock solid effort in their 1-0 win over the Clarkston Wolves.

Adams struck quickly when Lexy Newsom collected her own rebound and beat the keeper in the 3rd minute to start and conclude the scoring. The offense set up numerous attempts but some poor luck and good goal keeping kept the score low. The defense was suffocating, yielding a mere 2 shots on the evening.

The Highlanders are finding a very nice rhythm the last few weeks even amidst personnel adjustments to accommodate injuries and varsity call-ups. The changes seem to be fostering a more concentrated focus among the players during match play. Decision making has improved from match to match and execution is sharper as the season goes along. A great test for us comes tomorrow as we hit the road to play Lake Orion to whom we suffered out most convincing loss earlier this season. A strong showing there will truly tell the tale of our steady growth and improvement.


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Wolves Tamed 7 May 2007
Rochester Adams 7 - Clarkston 1

The Rochester Adams Highlanders visited the Clarkston Wolves tonight and under ideal playing conditions thoughoughly dominated the match in every aspect. Adams' scoring was as follows:
   Andrea Meloff (from Brittany Boeckel - 6th minute);
   Elizabeth Lillie (Angela Gerbach - 13th minute),
   Keely Chandler (Meloff/Lillie - 17th minute)
   Meloff (M.E. Daniels - 42nd minute)
   Chandler (Meloff - 43rd minute)
   Meloff (Chandler - 44th minute)
   Stephanie Torrealba (Maria Wright - 66th minute)

The lone Wolves goal was scored by Jordan Sinclair (Kate Przybycien - 62nd minute).

NEXT UP:
Adams travels to Lake Orion tomorrow, Tuesday, 8 May 2007. JV at 5:30; Varsity at 7:00

For more pics of the team this season CLICK HERE. Many Thanks to Randall McAdory and his magic camera for all the wonderful images!


Also played today:
Adams JV 1 – Clarkston JV 0


Quality Comeback 8 May 2007
Rochester Adams 2 - Lake Orion 1

At Lake Orion. Lake Orion's Nikki Reed converted a PK in the 5th minute. Adams' Kendall Swarbrick (assist to Andrea Meloff) scored the equalizer at the 60th minute. Swarbrick (Elizabeth Lillie) scored again with 12 minutes remaining in the match for the game winner. Adams' goalkeeper Kristine Gasparivic was outstanding tonight stopping 2 breakaways and 3 other high quality scoring chances.


NEXT UP:
Adams will host Livonia Churchill, Friday, 11 May 2007. JV at 5:30; Varsity at 7:00

For more pics of the team this season CLICK HERE. Many Thanks to Randall McAdory and his magic camera for all the wonderful images!


Also played today:
Adams JV 0 – Lake Orion JV 3


JV Update: It's Not Easy Beating Green May 8, 2007
The Highlanders fell to Lake Orion, 3-0. Adams’ sluggish start cost them a 1-0 deficit on the first shot of the game that was redirected into the goal in the first 3 minutes. Adams continued to struggle through the first 15 minutes before they finally began to hit stride. For the remainder of the half, the Highlanders played Orion very even and the score remained 1-0 entering the half.

During the 2nd half Adams continued to play a sound game but with the early damage done, a short bench on a hot day, and fatigue becoming growing factor as the match went on, it would prove too much an uphill battle to overcome. Orion doubled their advantage half way through the half when they opportunistically pounced on a rebound. A tall order had just become taller. Yet despite that, Adams played admirably and in the end put together a much stronger 2nd half than their opening effort. Orion ended up tucking away a final goal off a converted corner kick with 20 seconds left in the match.

So, like 3 weeks ago, it ended 3-0. Yet, despite the same scoreline, this was far and away a much better showing for Adams than the first meeting between these two teams. Aside from the opening 15 minutes (a matter we will address during training this week), the Highlanders played a smart, efficient and far more tactically sound match. All three varsity coaches commented on it – and I agree.

You girls are doing a very good job of improving from week to week. And make no mistake; it’s been a good week so far. A very impressive win yesterday and a (mostly) well played game today. Your set pieces are coming off very well and creating scoring chances for you. Your communication and organization has been improving steadily (hence, your growing team success) as well.

I'm proud of you girls. Keep up the great work and let’s prepare to build on this success for Friday’s match against Churchill, and see what we can’t do about turning it from a very good week to a great week.



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Charge!
070511 - vs Churchill
Rochester Adams 4 - Livonia Churchill 0

A very important non-conference match up tonight as the Adams Highlanders welcomed Livonia Churchill to OAA Div. 1 soccer. The Chargers entered the match undefeated and ranked #3 in the state so Adams looked forward to this match eagerly to take a measurement of our post-season preparedness.

And prepared they were. The Highlanders allowed just two shots in the first half while crafting six of their own. Kendall Swarbrick continued her banner week scoring the 1st goal in the 6th minute from a feed from Elizabeth Lillie. Brittany Boeckel (Andrea Meloff) added another to take the Highlanders into halftime with a 2-0 lead.

At halftime Coach Juan emphasized, in no uncertain terms, the pitfalls of the deceptive 2-0 halftime edge; pointing out how easy it is for a leading team to get too comfortable and concede a quick goal to a hungry team. And once that happens, with shifts of momentum and a renewed confidence taking root in the opponent, the tides could turn quickly. Juan’s point: DO NOT LET THEM BACK IN IT!

The team heeded the words and the warning and came out blazing in the second half. Andrea Meloff scored early off a cross from Brittany Boeckel and the Chargers were unable to answer. The Highlanders closed out scoring on a Brittany Boeckel goal from Keely Chandler.

Goalkeeper Kristine Gasparovic was outstanding tonight with several highlight saves among the Chargers’ 5 shots. Her best moment came when, with only 2 minutes remaining, Churchill were awarded a penaly kick. The Chargers’ Bailey Brandon drove a low hard shot that was headed to the side panel but Gasparovic with textbook form, extended fully to her left and got her palm behind the ball to deflect it wide and preserve her well-earned shutout. Adams improves to 8-3-3 with an inspired outing while handing Churhill (10-1-3) their first loss of the season.


NEXT UP:
Adams will host Troy, Tuesday, 15 May 2007. JV at 5:30; Varsity at 7:00

For more pics of the team this season CLICK HERE. Many Thanks to Randall McAdory and his magic camera for all the wonderful images!


Also played today:
Adams JV 1 – Livonia Churchill JV 0


JV Update: Adams JV Charged Up May 11, 2007
The JV girls continue to improve and impress. With the backfield and midfield shored up by Sarah Bachleda, Casey Thal and Brittany Campbell, the Highlanders played a solid match from beginning to end in defeating Livonia Churchill, 1-0.

The game was very entertaining to watch with both teams creating high quality chances at both ends of the field in the first half. The Adams defense was relentless in keeping balls away from the goal after several corner kicks were attempted the Chargers. Brittany Richardson broke up a sure goal off one of the corners before the intermission. Time of possession slightly favored the visitors at the break.

The second half was all Adams. Casey Thal fired a shot that was saved. Brittany Campbell was just wide with another. The girls were attacking with beautiful passing that set up scoring opportunities in which Jenna Simard capitalized midway through to secure the win for the girls. The only real chance for the Chargers came with about 9:30 left to play when yet another corner attempt was headed over the bar.

Tonight’s game was the finest to date. A great win over an equally great opponent hopefully will inspire the girls against Troy at home then Rochester on the road.



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JV Update: Falcons Shutout Highlanders May 17, 2007
In a game with summer bragging rights on the line, Adams traveled across town on a cool sunny afternoon to face a strong very Rochester side. Adams and Rochester both came out hard, each determined to set the tone. Goalkeeper Justine Barnes was injured in a collision halfway through the half, and team captain, Kaitlin Springer took over net minding duties and kept Rochester off the board as the teams played to scoreless first half.

During the second half, Rochester carried play and put Adams back on their heels. Despite that, the Highlanders stubbornly held the Falcons off until, with a mere 8 minutes remaining in the match, Rochester finally broke the ice to tally the 1st goal. In an effort to equalize, Adams pulled defenders to push players forward – always a high risk/high reward proposition. Rochester took advantage of the opportunity to add two more late goals (the last one with 25 seconds left to play) to win the match 3-0 and claim the season series against the rival Highlanders, 2-0

Despite the scoreline and despite the result, it was another quality outing for the JV team against a very good team. With 3 games remaining in the season, the JV Highlanders are playing better than they have all season and are getting striong as we go along. Great job tonight girls. Keep up the hard work.



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Thursday, May 17
Rivals Play to Scoreless Draw May 17, 2007
Rochester Adams 0 – Rochester 0

The Rochester High Falcons hosted their cross-town rivals the Rochester Adams Highlanders this evening. In the first half Rochester out-shot Adams 3-1. The Highlanders best chance came off a corner kick when Jordan McAdory got a header on the far-side of the box. Rochester rang 2 shots off the crossbar and keeper Kristine Gasparovic stopped a close range shot from Amanda Bowery to keep the half scoreless. Both teams had chances in the second half as the defense for each team shut down the forwards and kept shots limited to outside the 18 yard line. The shutouts go to Laura VanHoey of Rochester and Kristine Gasparovic of Adams.


NEXT UP:
Adams travel to Lahser, Tuesday, 22 May 2007. 7:00 (JV 5:30).

For more pics of the team this season CLICK HERE. Many Thanks to Randall McAdory and his magic camera for all the wonderful images!


Also played today:
Adams JV 0 – Rochester JV 3


Monday, May 21
JV Update: Highlanders Corral Colts May 21, 2007
The JV Girls showed intensity, drive and a high level of skill in tonight’s 3-0 win over Troy.

Adams opened the scoring only 1:30 into the game when Emily Rudorf’s corner kick found Lexy Newsom who finished quite nicely making it 1-0 for the home team. Next up was Jackie Dospil who drove the ball into the net from the left side on two beautiful passes from Jenna Simard and Erin Knapp. The rest of the half continued to be all Adams. The Colts finally had there first shot on goal with 6:50 remaining.

The second half started just as quickly for the Highlanders. Christine Alvarado scored from the right side of the goal at the 33:38 mark.   The girls kept the pressure up Brittany Richardson just missing a minute later. Play settled down from this point with both teams limiting the other to the midfield only. The Colts had a great opportunity at a goal with 29 minutes to go; a free kick from 18 yards out was denied by Justine Barnes after the ball curled around the wall that was set. Troy would get one more chance when they took several shots inside the six yard box that were blocked by the Highlanders defensive unit and Justine.

An outstanding match by the Highlanders, who are playing their best soccer so far. As the season has progressed the level of play of this fantastic team has raised with each and every outing. Great work girls. Let’s keep raising the level.



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Monday, May 21
Gates of Troy Cannot Fend Off Determined HighlandersMay 21, 2007
Rochester Adams 3 - Troy 1

The Highlanders started out with pressure on the visiting Colts, but Troy tallied first on a goal from Joslyn Brown (Michelle Gerbara) who forced the Adams keeper to commit out by the 18 yd line. Andrea Meloff found the back of the twine on a rebound off the crossbar on a shot from Angela Gerback to tie it up before halftime. In the second half Andrea Meloff tallied the game winner heading in a Brittany Boeckel cross from the right side. Troy had two opportunities from Joslyn Brown and Michelle Gerbara to tie it up from inside the box but the shots were handled by the Adams keeper Kristine Gasparovic. Elizabeth Lillie (Helen Andrews) volleyed in the insurance goal from the top off the box as the Highlanders out-shot the Colts 10-5 for the game.



NEXT UP:
Adams travel to Lahser, Tuesday, 22 May 2007. 7:00 (JV 5:30).

For more pics of the team this season CLICK HERE. Many Thanks to Randall McAdory and his magic camera for all the wonderful images!


Also played today:
Adams JV 3 – Troy JV 0


JV Update: Knights’ End May 22, 2007
A determined Adams team held off an early charge by Lasher and came away with a 1-0 win on a warm and humid spring evening.

Lahser came out of the gate quicker and created two very good chances within 6 minutes that were turned away by the defense and Kaitlyn Springer.   Moments later a defensive lapse leads to a Lahser breakaway in on goal. When Kaitlyn committed early to stop the shot, the Lahser forward went around her for the empty net. Our girls recovered fast enough to steer the shot wide right of the goal which awarded the Knights a corner which was handled neatly by the defense.

From that point on it was all Adams. The girls settled into a nice rhythm of ball control and passing. Smart substituting kept the girls fresh in the heat and it paid off towards the end of the half when Emily Rudorf’s corner kick eventually found Jackie Dospil who smartly flipped the ball over the keepers head with less than a minute to go.

The second half was a continuation of the end of the first. Several shots by our girls were blocked, saved or just missed the goal other wise this would have been even more one-sided than the score would indicate.

The Highlanders record their 7th shut out of the season and move to 6-8-2 with one to play on Thursday at home.




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Tuesday, May 22
Knights Edge Highlanders May 22, 2007
Rochester Adams 0 – Bloomfield Lahser 1

The first half ended scoreless as the game was primarily fought in the midfield. Keely Chandler (18 yard line) and Andrea Meloff (crossbar) had the best chances for Adams and Allison Drutchas had the Lady Knights only opportunity in the half. In the second half it was a midfield battle again with Lahser controlling more of the play out-shooting the Highlanders 4-3. The winning goal came on an Allison Drutchas corner kick that was headed in by Kara Koppinger inside the 6 yard line. Jordan McAdory fired just wide twice for Adams in an attempt to tie it up. Kristen Abbott of Lahser had a good shot inside the 18 that was handled by the Adams keeper. This game saw 4 players (2 each) going off with injuries. Goalkeeper Hailey Holman records the shutout for Lahser. Lahser is 8-6-1 overall, 7-3-1 in OAA Div.I.


NEXT UP:
Adams play their final home match of 2007, Thursday, 24 May 2007. 7:00 (JV 5:30). It is Senior Night and we will take time between the matches to honor our outstanding seniors for their contributions and achievements as Adams students and athletes. Join us.

For more pics of the team this season CLICK HERE. Many Thanks to Randall McAdory and his magic camera for all the wonderful images!


Also played today:
Adams JV 1 – Lahser JV 0


Thursday, May 24
JV Update: Hot Fun, Adams Shut out Cougars May 24, 2007
Summer was in the air last evening as the Highlanders beat Stoney Creek 1-0 under windy and warm conditions.

Adams started nicely with long passes finding their mark and really played beautiful soccer for the most part. The Highlanders did give up 3 breakaways in the first half but not a single one resulted in a shot on goal.   Midway through the first, an Emily Rudorf corner kick found the head of Erin Knapp who just missed the cross bar. The Cougars made another late attempt on goal but again the strong play of Marissa Burns kept them off the scoreboard. With 2:45 remaining Clare Toeniskoetter broke away from her defender and closed in on goal, the keeper made a brilliant save and sent Clare tumbling to the turf. But she was not to be denied in the second half. A very nicely played ball from Christine Alvarado found Clare in stride and this time she beat the keeper for the games only goal.

The JV girls finish with a record of 7 wins, 8 losses and 2 ties. The keepers recorded 8 shut outs this year. The scoring leaders were: Jackie Dospil and Lexy Newsom with 3 goals each, Emily Rudorf, Jenna Simard, Christine Alvarado, Erin Knapp and Clare Toeniskoetter had 1 each.




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Thursday, May 24
Adams Come Up Short In Roller Coaster Match May 24, 2007
Rochester Adams 2 – Rochester Stoney Creek 3

A cross-town match up tonight had the SC Cougars visiting the Adams Highlanders on Senior Night. The Highlanders acknowledged the class of 2007 (Alyse Kowalick, Helen Andrews, Christina Sarkisian, Brittany Boeckel, M.E. Daniels, and Stephanie Torrealba).

The Cougars started thing out when Abbey Haelewyn put in a shot from the 6 yard line off a pass from Stephanie Carter. Adams replied with a goal from Jordan McAdory off a feed from Brittany Boeckel. The second half saw the Cougars go up again off when Tyler Thal put a shot on the far post where Stephanie Carter put in the loose ball. Adams tied it up again when Keely Chandler headed the ball in off an Andrea Meloff cornerkick. An Adams turnover left Abbey Haelewyn alone on the 18 for the game winner. Sarah Bowman notches the win in the nets for Stoney Creek.


NEXT UP:
Adams open up the playoff season with a first round match-up against Utica H.S, Tuesday, 29 May 2007 at Utica’s Swingart Stadium.

For more pics of the team this season CLICK HERE. Many Thanks to Randall McAdory and his magic camera for all the wonderful images!


Also played today:
Adams JV 1 – Stoney Creek JV 0


Thursday, March 29
Adams JV 0 - Stoney Creek JV 0
March 29, 2007

The 2007 Adams JV Highlanders started the season on the road against the Stoney Creek Cougars. Despite dominating play for 80 minutes the girls could not find the back of the net and left with a 0-0 tie; the Highlanders out shot the Cougars 9-0. Next up is Troy Athens on April 2nd.


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Monday, April 2
Kicking off the season at Birmingham Groves…
25...23...20...18,17,16...13...10,9,8,7,6,5,4...2...that’s right just about two minutes until the official kick off for the Fresh 2007 season…so then, where was the bus carrying our team and coach? Making a statement with their well anticipated debut? Perhaps…

After a very brief warm up, and starting 15 minutes late…the season and kickoff started as a blur.   By halftime, our team was up 2-0...and by the final whistle…5-0.   (Goals scored by Caroline #9, Lexy #7, Lexy #7, Paige #16, and Marissa #4). The shutout was shared by Marissa #4 and Taylor # 5, and supported by a unified back line. Teamwork and coaching led to the first victory of the season. Needless to say they could use a little improvement on their timing, but… the bus, team, and coach did in fact show up to play that sunny, yet breezy cool evening.


Wednesday, April 18
NO bus to Rochester…
…but that didn’t delay our team!! As a matter of fact, arriving in war paint and ready to battle against their youth soccer teammates down the street, from earlier days …the officials felt our girls had plenty of time to be sent off the pitch and remove their aggressive make up before kick off. While parents and friends were huddled in one mass, cheering together regardless of their school affiliation, it was apparent that the girls in uniform knew how to separate the two during play. With an experienced Rochester GK being put to our test, and an aggressive defense thwarting many of our attacks…it was a well placed PK by Paige #16 due to a foul in the box on Caroline #9, that made the official score at half-time 1-0. Then, it heated up…on the turf, at least, in the second half. A few warnings and a RHS yellow card were handed out…but our team continued to hold it together, combine together, play together, play for, and to each other. Adams set up the plays, created many scoring opportunities, and took ample shots on net. Lexy #7 eventually got lucky and struck it past the active RHS keeper as she made a diving effort to maintain her well fought second half shut out. With the final whistle piercing the cold air, Marissa #4 was awarded the shutout, and a pair of goals highlighted Adams’ team efforts. Even without make up…our Fresh team looked good for their coach, their fans, and themselves… accessorized with another win under their collective belt. Adams 2 Rochester 0.

Wednesday, April 4
West Bloomfield game cancelled...and a break for what.... Spring?
The first home game was cancelled due to the weather conditions.
The wind chill number’s were too low!
Next week Spring Break...or more aptly, a Break from Spring.
Our next scheduled game is against Rochester.


Saturday, April 21
Stepping up “Big” time in Grand Blanc…
They were told before hand, by coach Sean, that the other team would be “Bigger”, and older, and more aggressive ---and this would be the opening game of a triple header for Adams Girls Soccer teams. What a fun way to begin a warm weekend. Starting out strong, our Fresh Adams girls showed that they were up to the challenge on both ends of the pitch--defensively and offensively. As the whistle blew at half time the score was 2-0 Adams ( due to goals by Lexy #7 and Jenna #20), and the stands were filling up with more Adams’ players, friends, and families. The second half saw some planned and unplanned adjustments. It was quite a treat to have the JV team warming up and cheering behind the net as the Fresh Adams team continued to push forward towards that very same goal. As if answering to their sisters in yellow, and their coach’s instructive comments as well…the goal scoring and supporting team efforts continued. Lexy #7 succeeded first in getting it past the keeper, but during Paige’s #16 goal scoring shot, she went down…and was sidelined for the remainder of the game. Caroline #9 took it to the net shortly there after, and the score was up to a handful of goals. Taylor # 5 took over goal tending duties for Marissa #4, as she took up an attacking position. During what seemed to be a mounting breakaway, Jenna #20 played smart and responded quickly to avert any scoring opportunity…and was taken down by her aggressive mark. There was a call made, and perhaps a warning, but at the cost of sidelining another of our players for the remainder of the game. (Both teammates remained out for cautionary purposes. And, are fine.)   In what later proved to be their strongest attack, Grand Blanc’s Junior Varsity B team put one in…and the final score was 5-1.   Thanks to a well coached team, team play, team effort, and team support…from the entire Adams crew, the Fresh Adams girls continue working hard day in and day out to uphold a tradition…and their undefeated streak.


Oh…and take shots with and at all the Adams Girls Soccer players during the Laser Tag outing on a fun-filled soccer weekend.

Next week the Fresh Adams team is headed over to Stoney Creek on Wednesday @5pm, and hosting their first home game against Clarkston on Friday @5pm. (ETA...cancelled due to school threats.)


Wednesday, April 25
Rock’ in IT at Stoney Creek
Traveling to the east a stone’s throw, these Fresh Lady Highlanders set the pre-game tone-- moving and shaking away their inhibitions to the sounds of some rock’ in tunes. It was obvious to the audience that their dancing boots were well worn and ready to set the stage for a repeat performance.

Kicking off the opening minutes of play was an wonderful set up down the right, accompanied by a well paced run from the left, and a shrilling cross connecting with a head-banger meant to please the visitors. SC’s keeper appeared at the curtain and stopped this number from reaching a well played finish. But, the tone was set.

Within minutes, and some smooth moves at both ends of the field, Caroline #9, emerged from the crowd for a solo run and headed up towards center stage, striking a perfect high note at the back of the net. Shortly there after Lexy # 7 entered from the left, dueled back and forth with the keeper and proved that it pays to keep sticking it. The 3rd goal of the half was created by Jenna #20, breaking through the competition and finding the perfect spot for her finish. A second goal by Lexy#7 , with a sliding tackle past the line, pushed the score up to 4-0.

The second half proved to be lively, thrilling, and entertaining. Coach Sean changed things up, and the team responded by stepping up to meet the challenge with plenty of fancy footwork, team supported play, combinations, moves, and contact taking place in the mosh pit(ch). Why even the ref tried to step in on the Ladys' dance with the ball at one point.   

Supported by a strong team, SC scored the finale from a well played ball and a talented Lady Cougar.

However, playing on turf after a soaking day of rain… the Fresh Lady Highlanders resounded with near perfect pitch.

Adams 4 - Stoney Creek 1. (Marissa #4 and Taylor #5 shared keeper duty.)


Monday, April 30
Challenging the Ladies of the Lake (Orion)
Entering into the Dragons’ Arena just to the North, were the Fresh Lady Highlanders ready for a very tough challenge?

In the opening seconds and on the attack, Caroline #9 was taken down in the box-- a defensive foul. With the devoted support of the Lady Highlanders behind her, Paige #16 sliced it past the keeper of the den, and opened up the door for the ensuing contest of will.

It was a back and forth effort all over the field between the two well trained sides. In a fist full or so minutes, the confrontational rivalry headed down towards our Highlander territory. Another foul was sensed, and the Dragons set up for an indirect kick. Their attack was strong, and the Ladies of Lake Orion reached this goal with success.

By the sound of the horn ending the first half…it was once again an even playing field at 1-1.

The underlying hearts of Warrior Vikings with the voracity of Wild Cats were apparent in our Fresh Lady Highlander battalion. And, this was verified through their hard fought attacking and defending efforts as a solidified team. Supporting, setting up, and opening up space for their sisters of the same cloth. Many opportunities were taken by both sides from all angles of attack, and rough and tumble was par for the day.

Working it up the flanks, and crossing it with precision into the danger zone… the official in the blood red uniform made his presence known as he stepped in and called the play dead, just as a sniper hit its target. Perhaps in such a closely fought battle there is no call (off) for advantage. Another indirect kick…Paige #16 hit a perfect cross, in front of the Dragon’s Den, and Lexy #7 stabbed it in for the clincher.

In tried and true formation, the mounting attacks from each side intensified. Fatigued opponents each stepped up their defenses and pushed their offenses to the front lines. It certainly was a hard fought and well played out contest. But, at the end of "this" day…the Dragons were defeated.
Adams 2 - Lake Orion 1
Marissa #4 took care of keeper duty.


Wednesday, May 2
May Adams Please Finally 'See Home' ?!?
With the various threats of April ruining any plans for their first home game, May this game prove to be a re-Fresh-ing continuation of Adams' stronghold? Looking at Seaholm's team warm up, it would definitely be 'no easy day at the beach'.

As the opening whistle called, the rush to the ball announced that rough seas were indeed ahead. Testing out the flanks, shoring up the middle, and anchoring the back line was the logged map of both crews. Play continued to switch and swirl...and then the setup of a viable storm began to brew, and an organized front blew in...Kristin #10 slipped the ball over the threshold and provided the first glimpse of sunshine for the flock of home shore spectators.

Determined to see home team advantage rise upward even higher before the timely curfew of the first half, Caroline #9 surfed the crimson tide of defenders and used her footwork to avoid the sea of encroaching danger. A foot first diving effort at the edge of the net cast in a Fresh Adams' second goal of the evening.

Shifting to the second half of this maiden home voyage became a whirlwind of possession. The tidal cycles mounted and shifted in the midfield, as the wave lines of offense and defense ebbed back and forth. In the midst of it all, legs and arms were treading and thrashing, and bodies were thrown into the crushing forces at hand. The buoy-ish ball continued to bob off of white caps rising up from the horizon. And a strong back line on each side's breakers successfully thwarted all incoming waves of attack...guarding their keeper's respective coves from entry.

Once the final whistle sounded, Adams had successfully caught hold of their first win at HOME!!

Seaholm 0 - Adams 2 ( Marissa #4 played keeper, continuing the lockdown)


Friday, May 4
HOME, HOME on Our Range
game 7.5 T--lone goal
The winning shot
Oh, come to our home where Soccer does roam
Where the Colts and the Highlanders played;
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,
And the sky is not clouded all day.

Taking the field, each side looked menacing, and hungry for yet another victory. It was apparent from the get go that neither side was untrained nor were they unskilled. Each defended their territory with fervor and grit. Each attacked with passion and cunning maneuvers. Within the boundaries of the pitch, our well organized herd roamed from flank to flank and front to back as one. Everyone attacks…everyone defends. In unity there is strength. Both keepers wrangled many well placed shots from reaching their intended targets. And, at the midpoint of this showdown…it remained scoreless.

The movement of possession continued to circulate back and forth in the later minutes of the match, with each side creating danger around their opponent’s gate. And then…a strong kick of sunshine pushed through the clouds, hovered just above the reach of the Colt’s keeper and landed exactly where it belonged…in their netted corral. Kristen #10 was credited with the lone goal of the day. However, that single result triggered a fire from within, and released an unbridled gallop to rustle up another goal or two as a means to claim victory at the end of the day.

Protecting their range from an outside attack to even the score in the final minutes, Adams successfully contained the Colts with their collective team efforts.

Troy 0 - Adams 1 (Marissa #4 was credited with the shutout.)

... and Best Wishes to Clare #25, as she is on loan to Junior Varsity. We sincerely appreciate all of your sweeping team efforts.


Monday, May 7
Schooled by the Red Hawks at Athens
All players were given the same 70 minutes for a multiple choice test.
The culmination of all individual choices constituted the overall team score.
There are NO EXCUSES accepted.

Test A ( for Adams and Athens) was scheduled for this date. T or F
Team A arrived late. T or F (it happens…NO EXCUSE)
Team A’s bench was sparse. T or F (it happens…NO EXCUSE)
The refs were required to change from Yellow to Red, and award credit for the questionables. T or F
( it is official…NO EXCUSE)


The first 35 minutes were exhaustive, yet seemed to fly by quickly.   Each team testing the other’s ability and skill. At the scheduled break…the test had yet to be scored. 0-0.

As the second half of the test got under way…
The officials made a call in the box.   T or F
Team A capitalized on the PK. T or F
Team A responded effectively. T or F
Team A was first to the ball effectively. T or F
Team A communicated effectively. T or F
Team A combined passes effectively. T or F

As the final buzzer sounded…it was official.
Team A(thens) out scored team A(dams) by 3 points on Test A.

Wait, you say?…the above is not multiple choice, but rather true and false statements of fact! True, but each of us is given a multiple choice test day in and day out. Only YOU can determine whether or not YOU made the best choice for each problem that YOU encounter. The true test is learning from choices and decisions, and applying that knowledge and experience towards the remaining tests in your future.

It is a fact that there will always be other tests. As A team, you learned early on how to win as ONE. On this date, you learned that A team loses as ONE. Fortunately, you have the opportunity to test your collective multiple choices against Team A(thens) on Friday during Test H (Hawks and Highlanders) at Home.
Hint…Hint… it is the same test.

Adams 0 - Athens 3


Wednesday, May 9
Defending Royal Oak on the High land
Practically forty days after their opening game, the question of the day was whether or not this Highlander team could weather out this storm on their turf. As if listening to Coach, Thunder and Lightning each made a well timed run away from the Highland pitch prior to kick off. Rain on the other hand, destined to be a strong 12th player on the field for each side, poured out what seemed to be every available ounce of determination.

The entire game challenged each to take the showboat 12th player out of the game. Rain however, endured to be a dispensing force. It seemed that Royal Oak waved their substitutes in two by two, over and over. We had but two players waiting on the side of the High land. No matter, on the field each team played with the zeal of a fast paced tempest striving hard to pass to a quickly moving attacking front. But alas, at the half…it was 0-0.

Now the second half…was a tale of strong-as-oak defending, proper placement, positioning…and results.   Royal Oak’s core budded with controlled team efforts. In front of their net, the strong roots of their defense and keeper’s strong branches were mighty hard…but controlling our stance, maintaining our positioning, and taking advantage of attacking and defending opportunities paid off. Did a ball and squall in front of the net result in a goal due to a misplaced root force or a well positioned stance upon High land? Regardless…the well positioned ray of sunshine spread cheer to the team of Highlanders. And…it spread throughout the entire team with a wave of passion. Saving face and risking limbs, while defending the most Royal yard of Highland real estate as their keeper went down, the heroic efforts of the quick thinking defenders brought tears to the eyes of more than one. The match was stopped and both coaches took to the field to assess the situation…and the status of the wounded keeper of the High land. Each team also took this opportunity to take a unified stance on their respective territories. No goal resulted due to defensive positioning, action, and pure heartfelt passion.

As if on cue, and coinciding with the game ending whistle…Rain stopped. In true dramatic form, Rain's keepsake was a lingering signature scrawled across every inch of the Highlander’s pitch. Well, that…and a dramatic win for defending the High land. Oh, and the earned heroic physical badges of purple and red for their team heart and courage. Please don’t forget the First Aid cream, ladies. And, continue to play strong on the High land.

Royal Oak 0- Adams 1


Friday, May 11
A Tale of Two..
..Cities (Troy and Rochester Hills).. Schools (Athens and Adams).. Teams (Hawks and Highlanders).. Tests (A and H).. Games together (in one week)--the choices are multiple..

It was the BEST of TIMES-- Playing soccer for your high school in your first year, surrounded by the mates from your class, and in THE Classic Game--and the first rematch of the season against your new Nemesis.. the Athenians.

It was the WORST of TIMES-- of course not.. the weather was beautiful, it was Friday, you were prepared; and although injuries were numerous, an equal number of your mates from the same class stepped in for support. Now, only time would tell..

Unmixed colors collected together, waiting for the sign to mix and promote movement and expression upon the blank canvas pitch.   Reflections of positioning began in the designing mind, well before the first stroke. The landscape began to take shape. And, the echoing call to create resounded.   Short, broken strokes of pure and unmixed colors through the center, lent itself to broader and increasingly dynamic movements on the outsides, with bending angles. Developing into visible strong strokes and open com-positions, the effects were carried towards a focused light and goal. And yet all variations were stopped short of complete. The mix and swirl, and a series of changes in balance and control, were the overall artistic style. And at the break, it reflected as much.. 0-0

Resuming their calling to make a solid impression, and drawing inspiration from their own experiences and choices; as well as the experienced artists visible behind their collective work in progress, preparing to create their own timely landscape; the challenge became to diverge from the dark results of their previous combined finished work with their nemesis, earlier this week. Capturing the essence of the fleeting moments was met with the knowledge gained from past trials of skill, and a fresh confidence from within. Defined sweeping combinations of movement from each side were a prominent emphasis of this particular landscape, stripping all attempts to finish this piece with a flourish. However, these early Impressionists captured the difference THIS TIME.. They created A DRAW.. 0-0

It is a far far better thing..


Monday, May 14
Wolf Hunt
The thrill of this scheduled hunt was for the visiting Highlanders…in Clarkston’s Wolf country. Curiously, a charged fee was required for such a Fresh invitation. The permit included the services of an announcer, anthem, and an unobstructed view of the entire sporting event.

Only eleven Highlanders participated in this hunt. Out numbered by their prey- the Wolves. A true test of stamina, endurance, heart, will, and physical strength. Conserving energy, marking, and sensing when to actively or passively submit or pursue; were all elements of the game plan for each. The attacks of the Highlanders were relentless…and yet come the break, without anything to show for such pursuits. Once again 0-0.

After fine tuning their plan, the Highlanders committed to a combination of aerial, flanking, building, and straight forward attacks. Once again they captured the role of the opportunistic and dominant hunter. They certainly were effective at defending, creating, and setting up the opportunities. After repeated ambushes and leading the wolves in an endless chase of speed and athleticism, Caroline #9 received the cross, outwitted her quick attackers and snared one in their net, claiming first kill of this hunt.

Within minutes, and on the verge of being run down by the pack, a perfectly placed cross entered the territory of the Alpha Wolf protecting her lair from predators. A yellow locomotion of force penetrated the area from the left, and intentionally ricocheted it head-long, yet mistakenly barely above the crossbar. No claim.

The surmounting onslaught and hunger for more was apparent in the eyes of each participant. And then, with only minutes left in this hunt, the Wolves turned and mounted their own method of descent upwind. Their scent of approach carried past the Highlanders as they headed towards the kill. Quick minds and feet trapped this raid, and a counter attack began just as the call to the finish sounded.

Was it modest sportsmanship or a string of choice luck that held the Highlanders back, capturing only enough goals to secure victory- shrewd to not over hunt or cause endangerment?
Highlanders 1 - Wolves 0 (Marissa #4 was awarded the shutout.)


Wednesday, May 16
Bombarding the Gate at Troy
As the yellow warriors from the North disembarked the hollow horse powered vehicle bearing the same markings, their Odyssean guide coached them to lay siege to the city. The prevailing weather and wind whispered, as an oracle, “equo ne credite--do not trust the horse”. Even before this day, the Achilles’ heel of each was known…casualties of prior battles thinning out the legions.

Upon the whistled announcement that war was inevitable…the first of many attacks upon the gate of Troy began.   In accordance with such classics, the soccer gods could not leave their presence unknown , so they threw an interfering crown into the pitch for this day. An annoyance, yet it served no advantage. The golden ranks blitzed the well guarded gate from the wings, from the middle, from the back, from the corners, from the air, from the ground. And still…at the consensual break, the soccer gods favored neither, 0-0.

Trusting their champion advisor, the soldiers from the North remained unwavering in their tactics and focused on victory. They created buildups and sneak attacks from all angles of the field, and their defense was dependable. However, that was not to say that the Ladies of Troy were not equally as strong willed, for they were, and it showed. The keepers of the fortress were truly tested on this day. The gate of Troy was bombarded with unrelenting showers of Herculean trajectories.   And this citadel was strong and difficult to infiltrate. Battering, head ramming shots entered both from the left and right flanks. Well placed crosses met with their intended target, but were foiled by the pillars and shrewd actions of the last defender. Attack after attack, run after run, turn after turn, cross after cross…and then, a shot rang out…and as it was seized by the keeper, she stepped back on her heal for surer footing. This arrow then completely penetrated Troy’s treasured line, and Ashley #15 was bestowed with the sacrifice. The war raged on, with attacks from each side. Defensive forces erupted successfully to maintain the advantage. But, at the call signifying the end of this day’s war, Troy was defeated.

Adhering to ancient custom, the rivals set aside their personal feelings regarding the outcome…and in a mutual sign of respect, offered up a symbol of peace to their adversaries. Thereupon, they returned to their horse driven coach and timely escaped the destruction of Troy to return home to the Highlands for their remaining adventures. In accordance, may the fortunate future of this Odyssean ambassador hold true… to wander the Odyssey of the Highlands for the next decade, but in favor with the soccer gods.

Adams 1 - Troy 0 (Marissa #4 shut out the Lady’s of Troy.)


Friday, May 18
Girls Night Out in Rochester Hills
Another Friday night on the Adams High School playground, with the girls from down the street, what a treat. A few Fresh new faces came over to join in the game this time around. Yet another great opportunity to celebrate valued friendships both new and old, whilst mixing it up and sharing in the fun…the perfect atmosphere for a femmes only shindig-- on the pitch.

However, once the whistle sounds…the next 70 minutes of playtime is all a matter of truth-or-daring the others to test their experience of the game. Tonight proved the truth of this statement once again. There were truly beautiful moments of fluid possession and vision, well timed runs and overlaps, combinations with purpose, headers with intent, and build ups with solid goal scoring opportunities complete with redirects and rebounding chances. There were daring moments of aerial grace, gorgeous footwork, fashionable moves and turns, and keepers with style and wit when put under pressure. While the final score reflected balance at 0-0… it is up to individual interpretation on the balance of the finer points surrounding this shut out.

With each day and year, life will become faster-paced with more personal and familial responsibilities. The key is to find a successful balance, while making time for youthful fun and games. This results in a happier life with reduced stressors and a more relaxed outlook. Never forget just how important it is, every once in a while, to toss your cares to the wind and call up all your old friends and all your new ones in an effort to get the gang together for a night of relaxation, reminiscence and rejuvenation. Spend time with your girlfriends – those who got you through all those tough times and influenced you enough to have even a slight impact on who you are today. Enjoy every moment, so you have more memories to hold dear.

Rochester 0 - Adams 0 (Rochester’s Natalie and Adams’ Marissa #4 earned the shared shutout for their schools.)


Monday, May 21
Growth and Maturity
The economics of imported Groves to the domestic product from the orchards of the Highlands is as complicated as comparing oranges to apples.   The measurable growth since their last match up, however, became the focused model of this pairing. The crew at home on the Highlands were enterprisingly suited up in their whites and primed to demand and supply team efforts for their earnings. The whistle sounded, and the cultivating meeting was underway. After sizing up the situation, and incorporating ‘working smarter’ as a supportive and assistive team, their productivity seemed to increase exponentially…

Lexy #7 threw in the precious sphere into the box at the feet of Caroline #9, who in turn shot it into the bushel for the first collected objective. Minutes later, Jenna #20 sliced a beauty up the middle into the space of Caroline #9, who met another target successfully. Then, Annie #17, working hard up through the crowded green nitty- gritty flanks, planted a sweet and delicious looking sure pick from the right. And yet, upon its Newtonian descent it was headed just wide of sinking in. At that very moment of realization, Lexy #7, bound and determined to stick out her neck for a teammate, made sure that under no uncertain terms the fruits of this labor would indeed yield a shiny achievement of combined efforts. These conditions were met, but not without a struggle of opposition. The Groves’ keeper protected her territorial assets by putting it all on the line and adding a choke hold as well. Unfortunately, this action resulted in the opportunity cost loss of this eleventh Groveser for most of the remainder of the match, and unscheduled moments of rest for each crew as she was attended to. The ripe Highlanders, in turn, picked off one of their own field players to even the field. The by product of a following Highlander siege into the bottom line of Groves set up a play from the flag. Taking it, Paige #16 capitalized on the knowledge of the set play and found Lexy #7 with the perfect in coming run to provide a little hip action to close the deal from the corner. Continuing to use their resourcefulness, Caroline # 9 and Jenna #20 combined back and forth, calling attention away from Lexy #7’s well timed run towards the top, and plucked a pass into her space as she plowed it over the keeper and into the back of the net.

By the official break, the supporting efforts of the Highlander Ladies had collected a juicy handful to share with their crew. The second half exemplified mature and selfless acts of clear methodical Highlander vision. A late comer, Lauren #18, stepped up for keeper duty, permitting Marissa #4 time running the field. Still playing with 10 per side, open spaces provided room for creativity, time, and calculated forward thinking and decision making. Upon taking a free kick, Paige #16 chose to slot one over to her left into Lexy #7’s crowded space. Lexy worked it into the corner, drawing in a mass of green uniforms, as she crossed it over to Jenna #20, who finished it off with style.

Coach, acting as a Big Brother in the eyes of a few that he called to his side, began to mix up the field. The demand for the greater good was a force to be unleashed. And, opportunities presented themselves from the willingness to source out supply and support. Set ups, combinations, and give and goes, provided the back bones of many an exciting buildup for these maturing Highlanders. Why even the eleventh player for Groves returned to the field to lend her experience to her teammates in green. Upon adding back our eleventh player, Caroline #9 sensed a widening opportunity to break away from the crowded middle and sniffed out her way to the Groves’ box…where she then snatched the last one to complete her team’s collection. While this proved to be a very offensive takeover of possession, the Ladies of Groves never let their guard down, and responded with strength and confidence until the last whistle--a priceless and dignified quality of growth and maturity that is honorable. Solid and well organized defending efforts of the Highlanders, however, kept all incoming Groves attempts, to make away with the goods, out of the prized orchard of the Highlands and hands of our awaiting keepers.

Upon the whistle, the timed harvest was complete. Mutual Highlander support and assistance funded a Gross Domestic Product exceeding all previous results and goals to date. The profits overflowed for these hard working young entrepreneurs. However, to them a G-7 Summit is another way of stating that 7 Goals in one game is the summit of their team’s Fresh accomplishments. And, yes…this team is a prized apple of our eyes.

Groves 0- Adams 7 (Marissa #4 and Lauren #18 shared keeper duty and the shutout.)



Thursday, May 24
Ending with a Fresh Splash…
They had flocked to the welcoming poolside pasta party, breaking bread with their teammates one last time, the evening before the season’s finale. It was forecast to be a hot one. As they entered the enchanted green lake of the Highlands, these fledglings declared their intention to be symbolized/immortalized as animals. Turtles and squirrels??? Well…as always, only time will tell. Floating out for the initial set up and costumed in whites, they were greeted with a dark wave and the deepest blue bench on the banks that they had seen to date. Earning their wings against incoming substitutions of five at a time was their fate this day. (Where did they all swim in from? Oh, Stoney Creek… of course.)

Well, the stage was set and the realm of possibility for this final appearance was at foot. Upon the opening call to jump into this lake's game, the turtles were slow with the stone and the squirrels near the edges, (while fast and fur-ious) were not dipping shots into the deepest part of the creek. The blues, however, were a rapid and slippery challenge to maneuver through. Realizing that actively taking the plunge bravely would be more productive, they mysteriously transformed into creatures more at home in their surroundings. At first they were still a little awkward, but that was overshadowed by their inner beauty bursting to emerge. And then…perhaps, under a spell from the brightly shining sun applying heat to the blue defenders, a pass was forced back and the keeper of the Creek picked up the enchanted stone. A moment that could change the flow? A wall of blue lined the creek bed, anticipating an incoming rock-et. With a touch for luck from Caroline #9, Paige #16 skimmed a sweet one through, as the feet of the creek rose up to washout a sinker. It collected at the back of the net.   As play continued onward, a stronger sense of self developed, and confidences began to soar. Come intermission…our home beauties were swimming in the lead 0-1.

Entering the second act of their final performance, the transformation towards grace and artistic inspiration twinkled in the heart-warming ( or heat-warmed) faces of our maidens in white. A compositional ballet to highlight their combined repertoire of orchestration and choreography, unbeknownst to the audience, was just about underway. Creativity, elaborate combinations, and well timed movements were unfolding as the dance continued onward. Setting up from corner stage, Paige #16 once again pledged her fidelity with a perfectly placed kick, that Lexy #7 rose above the surface to meet and send into the awaiting creek bed. Within minutes, the set up of a ‘Grand Adagio’----Lexy #7 and Caroline #9 were seen rising together in an elaborate Waltz, gliding their beloved between their rapidly turning movements as a mirrored pair…and as all attention was directed on the left, Paige #16 magically swooped at center stage to greet the incoming crescendo, and lovingly sent it into the nest.   Rhythmical and melodious, the play continued to favor our performers in white. With a variation on a theme, and a sense of balance on her feet, Taylor #6 moved up through the swirling current and connected with Caroline #9, providing the foundation to another success as the Creek keeper was forced to commit prior to the feint and release. Moments later, during an effort for control, a yellow and black outsider swarmed into the area and stung Taylor #5 with the carded direction to leave the stage for the next 10 minutes. Some creative movements within the dance line took place, and the show resumed. Composed and displaying complicated moves effortlessly, these downy smooth sweethearts increased the volume and tempo on the pitch for the final moments on their Fresh stage. Jenna #20 and Paige #16 pirouetted with ease in the center, once again summoning the attentions of the on lookers. Rising and racing up the side in the time signature style that is distinctively characteristic of a winger, Lexy #7’s arrival was anticipated and honored with a well placed ball from Paige #16. Another set of feints and goalie commitment, and this one was destined to hit a perfect chord all the way to the back depths. And, as with all…time moved onward.

Sadly for many, the most final of all notes was sounded…and the rock solid seasonal performance of these Fresh Ladies in White concluded. Stepping off of the enchanted Highlander stage of their Fresh farewell appearance, the classical Swan Song celebrated the evolution of these ladies’ journey as a flock. Realizing that this was their last moment on the sidelines, as a team, the sisterhood anointed their Hero, Coach Sean, with the most precious gift of all on such a glorious day… WATER.

The season wrapped up by having a 5goal-d star review and another shutout of the competition. And with this, the curtain falls for the Spring 2007 Adams Soccer Lady Highlander Freshman, whom by the way have already begun spreading out their wings to conquer all that lay in their future.

Stoney Creek 0 - Adams 5 (Marissa #4 providing the final shutout.)
Trumpeting their record 12-1-2 with 36 goals for and 6 against. Beautiful.


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Wednesday, August 1
BOYS SEASON - Autumn 2007
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Wednesday, September 5
Highlanders Take First Match From Cougars, 3-2

Adams defeated Stoney Creek, 3-2, in the first matchup of the year for these rivals. Adams got on the scoreboard first with a goal by Thomas Casey off a corner kick. Stoney answered soon thereafter with a goal of its own, leading to a 1-1 halftime score.

The Highlanders scored mid-way through the second half on a beautiful strike inside the 18 by Alex Verville. Several minutes later, with Adams continuing to apply pressure in their offensive third, Verville served a ball into the box, which was headed by Mickey Biebelhausen to Joey Dillon, who scored on a header of his own.

Stoney Creek applied tremendous pressure the final 5 minutes of the game, getting an own goal off the Adams defense to close the gap to 3-2.

In the JV match, Adams also defeated Stoney Creek, 2-0, on goals by James Davis and George Patsarikas. 



Thursday, September 6
Adams Defeats Falcons, Sweeps City Series For Week

For the second time in three days, the Highlander men's soccer team defeated one of its cross-town rivals.  This time, the Rochester Falcons were the victim of another 3-goal attack by Adams, who cruised to a 3-1 victory at Adams Stadium on Thursday night.

Justin Peterson opened the scoring  in the first half with a goal on an assist by Cameron Gibson.  The second half was all-Adams, as the team built a comfortable 3-goal lead with goals by Thomas Casey in the 24th minute (Alex Verville assist), and in the 21st minute by Gibson (Joey Dillon assist).  The Falcons answered several minutes later with a goal of their own, but that's as close as they would get.

 The Adams JV team completed a sweep of its own, following up a Tuesday victory over Stoney Creek with a 1-0 victory over Rochester on Thursday.  Despite dominating possession for the game, the Highlanders couldn't tally a score until the final minutes, when James Davis cashed in a goal assisted by George Patsarikas.

 

 



Wednesday, September 12
Highlanders and Dragons Play to 1-1 Draw

Wednesday, September 19
OAA Standings:
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