Rochester Adams Highlanders: ... 2006

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GIRLS SEASON - Spring 2006
REGIONAL CHAMPIONS
STATE SEMI-FINALISTS


Wednesday, March 8
TRYOUT SCHEDULE
The girls' 2006 soccer season is just around the corner! Spring tryouts take place next week.

Mon, 13 Mar - 9:00am-11:00am; 1:00pm-3:00pm (double session)
Tue, 14 Mar - 3:00-4:30
Wed, 15 Mar - 3:00-4:30
Thu, 16 Mar - 3:00-4:30
Fri, 17 Mar - 3:00-4:30; individual player/coach meetings 4:30-6:30


GOOD LUCK TO ALL TRYOUT CANDIDATES.


Wednesday, April 5
Cold Start
Adams 0 – Lake Orion 2
It was a cold wet snowy game. It was actually kind of pretty out - until you looked at the scoreboard. Adams came out flat and Lake Orion scores 2 quick goals before 20 minutes had passed. After that, the entire match was about the snow. Nobody could get a footing on the field (which was more white than green) and with the game called at the 65th minute, there was just no real chance to turn it around on this night.

ALSO PLAYED TONIGHT:
Adams JV 2 - Lake Orion JV 2

On a cold and blustery afternoon, the Adams JV took the lead on a nice goal from Meagan Niles who picked up a loose ball outside the goal box and beat the keeper inside the left post. Adams tallied again with a nice finish by Kendall Swarbrick off a Hillary Finet free kick. Lake Orion had the 2nd half wind advantage and a surprise sleet blizzard to help them rally for two second half goals to tie the match.


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Friday, April 7
Rochester Battle Lines Drawn
Rochester Adams 1 - Rochester 1
This was a high intensity toughly fought cross-town battle; which concluded in a draw. Rochester jumped out to an early lead on a goal by Amber Brewster twenty five minutes into the half. Adams returned the favor with three minutes left in the first half with a goal by freshman Andrea Meloff. Adams seemed to control the play more in the first half. The second half was a two-way battle with good scoring opportunities by both teams. Rochester applied pressure the last 7 minutes but put two good scoring opportunities wide of the net.

ALSO PLAYED TONIGHT:
Adams JV 0 - Rochester 3

Adams dominated play in the first half but couldn't find the net. Rochester scored three second half goals to win 3-0.



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Friday, April 7
Freshman Team Update:
Adams Frosh 2, Marian Frosh 0
Game 2 against Marian was the home opener and as usual the Highlanders were lead by their defense. We scored twice and secured another shut out, this time a 2-0 win over a decent team. The goals were scored by Lexy Newsom and Brenna Monaghan.


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Sunday, April 9
Adams Pick Apart Groves
Rochester Adams 4 - Birmingham Groves 0
Rochester Adams opened up scoring in the first half with a goal by Lauren Sinacola (Safir, Lilly). Andrea Meloff was tackled in the box the Groves goaltender causing an Adams PK which was put away by Susan Safir. The second half scoring was started by Andrea Meloff on a re-direction of a Susan Safir shot. Jordan Macadory (Chandler, Meloff) finished off Adams scoring 35 minutes into the second half. Adams defense lead by Chelsea Leonardelli, Jess Holt, and Jessica Meek helped goaltender Christine Gasparovic record her first shutout of the season. Adams is 1-1-1 on the season.

ALSO PLAYED TONIGHT:
Adams JV 0 - Groves 0

Adams traveled to Groves without their Juniors and played a strong game but again, couldn't find the net despite some great chances.


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Monday, April 10
Freshman Team Update:
Adams Frosh 2, Troy Athens Frosh 1
The 2-0 freshman took the home field again Troy Athens on April 10th and beat another good team 2-1.    The match was even throughout and we just played harder to secure the win and remain unbeaten and untied. The scorers’ were Lexy Newsom and Lauren Morris.


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Wednesday, April 12
Highlanders Hold Off Colts Late Charge
Rochester Adams 3 - Troy 2
Rochester Adams got off to a quick 3 goal lead in the first half with goals by Lauren Sinacola (Meloff), Chelsea Leonardelli (Lilly), and Christina Sarkisian (Holt, Chandler). Adams tallied seven shots on goal in the 1st half and offensively controlled the game to that point. Troy scored late in the first half on a goal by Archie Wadhawan (Mason) from 10 yards out . The second half was a Troy offensive punch with 13 shots on goal including 2 off the crossbar. Kristine Gasparovic held Troy off letting in only 1 more goal by Archie Wadhawan. Adams is 2-1-1 overall. (1-1-1 in OAA Div.1 play). Rochester Adams hosts Clarkston tomorrow night.

ALSO PLAYED TONIGHT:
Adams JV 0 - Troy JV 0

Adams traveled to troy and battled with the Colts for 70 minutes and drew another scoreless tie.


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Wednesday, April 12
Freshman Team Update:
Rochester Freshman Team 1, Adams Freshman Team 0
It was cold and windy day in Rochester when we visited one of our cross-town rivals, the Falcons.   The Highlanders controlled play throughout but could not find the net. Rochester scored the only goal on a corner kick in the second half. We look forward to the re-match on the 17th of May.


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Thursday, April 13
Wolves Sent Packing
Rochester Adams 2 - Clarkston 0
Bags are packed. Players are thinking about sunny warm Spring Break destinations. But there was the business of tonight's match to take care of first. And the Highlanders took care of business.

A combination pass from Keely Chandler and Elizabeth Lillie allowed Lauren "Smurf" Sinacola to fire a well placed shot which found the back of the net midway through the first half. The Highlanders lone goal in the second half was scored when a Jordan McAdory pass allowed Andrea Meloff to split two Clarkston defenders. Strong play by the Adams defensive line of M.E. Daniels, Amy Montes, Jess Holt, Kristin Sanburn, and Chelsey Leonardelli kept Clarkston from recording any shots on goal in the second half. Goalkeeper Kristine Gasparovic recorded her 2nd shutout of the season. Adams is (3-1-1 overall), (2-1-1 in OAA Div 1).

Next match is in twewlve days, 25 April at Lahser.


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Wednesday, April 26
Tied Up To-Knight
Lahser 1 - Rochester Adams 1
Rochester Adams pressured Lahser in the first half out shooting them 5-2. Andrea Meloff (Lauren Sinacola, Jessica Meek) put Adams up by one with a placed shot over the keeper. A few minutes later (Rochester Adams) Elizabeth Lilly put one off the right post from the top of the box . In the second half the Lahser offense stepped it up on a goal by Kara Koppinger (Kiki Stencil). They continued to pressure the Adams defense; Adams keeper deflected another good shot from Lahser’s Kristen Abbott wide of the net with 10 minutes left. Adams keeper Kristine Gasparovic faces 5 shots while Lahser keeper Jessie Baxa had 7 saves. Adams goes to (3-1-2 overall).


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Wednesday, April 26
Freshman Team Update:
Adams Freshman Team 1, Stoney Creek Frosh 0
The Highlanders traveled over to Stoney Creek on a beautiful sunny afternoon against the Cougars. The Adams girls controlled play and beat the hosts 1-0. The defense continues to be strong posting the 3rd shut out.   The lone goal was scored by Lauren LaChance.


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Monday, April 24
Freshman Team Update:
Adams Freshman Team 1, Clarkston Frosh 1
The Clarkston Wolves were up next in the stadium. We played this very good team tightly and came away with a well deserved tie, 1-1. The Adams goal was scored by Lauren Morris assisted by Brenna Monaghan.


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Friday, April 28
Hawks Survive Highlander Pressure
Rochester Adams 0 - Troy Athens 1
Freshman Megan Swiderski converted a Megan Amann corner kick midway through the first half to propel the Redhawks to a hard fought victory over the Highlanders. Jakki Dominski played a strong game in goal for Athens making 2 superb saves along the way to record her 1st shutout despite furious pressure from Adams throughout the 2nd half. Adams pushed up their late substitution keeper; Faith Hatt in the last minute and she had a good scoring opportunity that veered to the right of the net. Athens moves to 2-2-2 and 1-2-1 in OAA division 1 while Adams falls to 3-2-2 and 1-2-1.


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Friday, April 28
Freshman Team Update:
Adams Freshman Team 1, W. Bloomfield Frosh 1
The Highlanders, recently evicted from the stadium, played on the lunar like surface of the upper field and tied West Bloomfield 1-1. Once again Adams controlled play but a well place late free kick stole the win from us. Our goal was scored by Lauren Morris.


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Monday, May 1
Highlanders Come Back In Force
Rochester Adams 4 - Utica Eisenhower 1
Utica Eisenhower struck first on a cross by Bria Kozecki which was headed in by Alyssa Telang. Ike held a slight edge in pressure in the first half out-shooting Adams 7-6. In the second half Rochester Adams tallied the tying goal within the first 5 minutes. Jordan McAdory found Angela Gerbach who then fired a hard shot from the top of the box. After that goal the Adams offense continued to mount pressure. A controlled play on a pass from Jordan McAdory to Elizabeth Lilly found Andrea Meloff one on one with the keeper for the go ahead goal. Andrea Meloff scored 2 more goals for the hat-trick off passes from Angela Gerbach/Smurf Sinacola and Susan Safir/Smurf Sinacola . Total shot on goal were Adams 14, Ike 8.


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Monday, May 1
Freshman Team Update:
Adams Freshman Team 1, Groves Frosh 0
Adams hosted the Birmingham Groves freshman on the “third world” upper field Monday and came away with a 1-0 win. As usual the girls outplayed their opponent and used the early goal by Lexy Newsom (LaChance) as a cushion to record their 4th shut out.


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Tuesday, May 2
Freshman Team Update:
Adams Freshman Team 1, Troy Frosh 1
The girls took the show on the road to Troy in the rain against the unbeaten Colts. We started strong as usual by scoring early (Jackie Dospil) then letting Troy get the tying goal in the second half. This is the mid-point of the season and the girls have a great 5-1-3 record.


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Friday, May 5
Tight Match Finishes in Falcons' Favor
Rochester Adams 1 - Rochester 2
The Highlanders opened the second half of the OAA season by traveling across town for the second meeting against first-place Rochester. Adams battled Rochester(8-0-1; 3-0-1 OAA I) to a 1-1 draw earlier this spring.

The Falcons scored early in the first half on a leading pass from Jackie Carron to Amanda Bowery. Bowery unleashed a rocket from 10 yards out and Whitney Newsom in goal for Adams got a piece of it but with the power behind short shot, the defelction was not enough to steer it wide. Newsom had 5 saves in the half including another bullet from a direct free kick that was destined for the far post upper-90 if not for Newsom's excellent reaction. The second half saw opportunities for both teams. Carron chipped in a loose ball on a scramble in front of the Adams net for a 2-0 lead. Later Adams captain, Susan Safir, rang one off the post for Adams as did Carron for the Falcons. Angela Gerback (Hatt-Meloff) caught a pass on the fly and scored for Adams with 10 minutes left in the game. 2nd-half goalkeeper Caitlin Springer finished with 4 saves and Adams continued to pressure the remainder of the game but the Rochester defense were able to break up plays within the box.

Two great rivals; Two great matches; Only one goal separates them this year. Congratulations Falcons. Hopefully, we'll meet one more time this spring - that's our plan anyhow.

UP NEXT:
Adams host Grand Blanc Saturday, 6 May at 12:30pm (JV play at 11:00am)

ALSO PLAYED TONIGHT:
Adams JV 0 - Rochester JV 0

Game details to follow.


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Friday, May 5
Freshman Team Update:
Adams Freshman Team 0, Lake Orion Frosh 0
The Adams girls ran into the luckiest team in Oakland County on Friday. We traveled over to Lake Orion to play the Dragons. We simply outplayed them from start to finish and left with a very unsatisfying tie, 0-0. Our shots went wide right, left and over the cross-bar. Their keeper stopped everything else. We slip to 5-1-4 with 8 games to play.


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Sunday, May 7
Grand Blanc Fall to Highlanders
Rochester Adams 3 - Grand Blanc 1
The Adam’s offensive attacked throughout the first half, out-shooting Grand Blanc 8-3. Adams capitalized on a corner kick by Susan Safer which was headed into the right upper 90 by Elizabeth Lilly. Later in the half Andrea Meloff put one in the lower left corner off a centering pass by Keeley Chandler. In the second half Adams opened up scoring on another header. Susan Safir put a corner kick on the head of Faith Hatt who place her header just inside the far post. Adams played short handed the last 30 minutes on a red card call. Adams goalkeeper Whitney Newsom was injured with 15 mins. left in the game requiring an ambulance. Grand Blanc scored on a shot from Alyssa Wambell (Kristen Steffes) from 10 yards out. Adams moves to 5-3-2 overall.


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Monday, May 8
Freshman Team Update:
May 8, 2006
Adams Freshman Team 1, Kimball Frosh 0
Today the girls from Kimball High pay a visit to the pathetic field at Adams. Our girls scored early (Jackie Dospil) and then played another strong defensive game to win 1-0. We had several chances to put the game way out of reach in the second half but could not find the back of the net. As of this game, we are giving up .45 goals a game; just 6 games left and only 2 at home.


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Tuesday, May 9
Troy Shut Out
Rochester Adams 2 - Troy 0

Rochester Adams scored midway through the first half when Andrea Meloff found Susan Safir coming up the left side. Safir beat two players and put away a hard shot from 20 yards out. The Adams lead held up through the first half with equal scoring opportunities from both teams. Adams controlled play in the second half and scored a late goal when Troy was pressing for a game tying scoring opportunity. Andrea Meloff won a 50/50 ball and found Keely Chandler in stride. Chandler beat the sweeper and placed her shot in the lower left corner for the clincher. Midfield play was controlled by Adam’s Senior Lauren “Smurf” Sinacola, and (So) Elizabeth Lilley. Kristina Sarkesian and Jessie Holt (outside mids) also ripped a good shots that just went wide of the far post with about10 minutes left. Adam’s strong defense with Chelsea Leonardelli, Amy Montes, Kristen Sanburn, and Jordan McAdory helped GK Kaitlyn Springer record her first varsity shutout. Adams is (6-3-2) overall.

ALSO PLAYED TONIGHT:
Adams JV 0 - Troy JV 0

UP NEXT:

Adams host Lahser Friday, 12 May, 7:00pm (JV play at 5:30)


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Tuesday, May 9
Colts Reigned In
Rochester Adams 2 - Troy 0
The Adam’s offensive attacked throughout the first half, out-shooting Grand Blanc 8-3. Adams capitalized on a corner kick by Susan Safer which was headed into the right upper 90 by Elizabeth Lilly. Later in the half Andrea Meloff put one in the lower left corner off a centering pass by Keeley Chandler. In the second half Adams opened up scoring on another header. Susan Safir put a corner kick on the head of Faith Hatt who place her header just inside the far post. Adams played short handed the last 30 minutes on a red card call. Adams goalkeeper Whitney Newsom was injured with 15 mins. left in the game requiring an ambulance. Grand Blanc scored on a shot from Alyssa Wambell (Kristen Steffes) from 10 yards out. Adams moves to 5-3-2 overall.


Wednesday, May 10
Freshman Team Update:
Adams Freshman Team 1, W. Bloomfield Frosh 0
We made our way to West Bloomfield for a 6pm match against the Lakers. The game started slow for Adams with WB controlling the play for most of the first half. Fortunately Justine Barnes played very well and kept them from scoring after numerous attempts. The second half started better for Adams and now we controlled play. Emily Rudorf scored on a free kick from the left side line with about 9 minutes left to start and conclude the scoring. Justine Barnes stood up to a late flurry of shots to secure the shut-out, our 3rd in a row and seventh this year.


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Friday, May 12
Give No Quarter, Ask No Quarter
Adams 0 - Lahser 0
Adams and Lahser faced off in another defensive OAA Div I match up ending in a scoreless game. Lahser held a slight offensive edge in the first half. Adams stepped up and controlled play in the second half. Jordan Horvath, Lindsey Hartunian, and Caity Murnahan had chances for Lahser. “Smurf” Sinacola, Andrea Meloff, Jesse Holt, and Angela Gerbach, all had good chances but were denied. In a last minute run Jessica Meek (Adams) fired one just wide in the side netting on the short side. Shutouts went to Kristine Gasparovic (Adams), and Jesse Baxa (Lahser). Adams is 6-3-3 overall.


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Sunday, May 14
Northville Has Highlanders' Number
Northville 3 - Adams 1
Northville came out hard against Adams out shooting them 4-0 in the first half. Mustang goals were made by Danielle Toney (2) and Theresa Yankovich. Assists are credited to Vanessa Bailey, Christine Colleran, and Lauren Hill. Adams built a play that started with Susan Safir to Elizabeth Lilly; Lilly crossed the ball which was headed in on the far post by Angela Gerbach. Final shots on goal were 9-4 in favor of Northville. Northville is now 13-2-0, Western Lakes: 11-0-0; Adams is 6-4-3.


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Wednesday, May 17
Red Hawk Down
Adams 3 - Athens 0
Rochester Adams controlled play the majority of the game. Athens was forcing Adams back on their heels the first ten minutes. Amy Montes got a ball to Susan Safir on the left side just outside the box. Safir’s cross found Andrea Meloff open in front of the net for Adams first tally. In the second half Adam’s Susan Safir placed a shot in the lower left corner off a pass from Angela Gerbach and Faith Hatt. Adams out-shot Athens 11 to 4 holding Athens to 1 shot on goal in the second half. Kristine Gasparovic records the shutout for Adams. Adams goes to (7-4-3) overall; (3-3-3) OAA I, Athens falls to (5-4-4) overall, (2-4-3) OAA I.


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Wednesday, May 17
Freshman Team Update:
Adams Freshman Team 2, Rochester Frosh 1
The 4pm home game got moved to 7:30pm on the turf at Rochester because of the poor upper field condition. It turned out to be a non-issue as Lexy Newsom scored twice in the first half to secure the win for the 8-1-4 Highlanders. This game was especially satisfying for the girls since Rochester is the only team to have beaten them this season.
The entire team continues to play well and improve; next up is an away game at Troy Athens.



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Friday, May 19
Scoreless Tie vs. LO
Adams 0 - Lake Orion 0
Tonight’s game was fast paced but neither team was able to find the net. Total shots were in favor of Adams 8-4. Kristine Gasparovic (Adams) and Margaret Verespie (LO) get the shutouts.


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Friday, May 19
Freshman Team Update:
Adams Freshman Team 1, Athens Frosh 0
The girls came away with a closely played 2-2 tie with Athens on a cool, grey May afternoon. Emily Rudorf opened the scoring with a long free kick that found the left side of the net. But Athens answered shortly thereafter. Kristin Rheinlander put Adams up one but it was not enough as Troy scored their second goal to keep pace. We move to 8-1-5 with 3 to play.



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Saturday, May 20
Highlanders Handle Heritage
Adams 5 - Saginaw Heritage 1
It was Senior Night at Adams, many thanks to our Seniors! Jess Holt, Chelsea Leonardelli, Jessica Meek, Susan Safir, Lauren “Smurf” Sinacola, & Kelsey Smith. Adams held a 2-0 lead at half time on goals by Susan Safir (Angela Gerbach), and Andrea Meloff (Susan Safir). In the second half scoring was started by Jess Holt (Elizabeth Lilly), and a 2 goal performance by Faith Hatt assisted by Elizabeth Lilly and Kristen Sanburn. Stephanie Salow scored on a PK for Saginaw. Adams moves to 8-4-4 on the season.


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Monday, May 22
Freshman Team Update:
Adams Freshman Team 1, Clarkston Frosh 0
Another close match and another tie; we played Clarkston earlier in the year to a 1-1 draw and the score was no different this time. Emily Rudorf scored the lone Highlanders goal in the first half from 30 yards out. The Wolves evened things in the second when a close range shot hit Justine Barnes and still found its way into the net. A Wolves player was ushered off the field after receiving a yellow card for slapping Lauren Morris after a scrap along the sideline. The girls are scoring 1.13 goals a game and only giving up 0.6.


Wednesday, May 24
Derby Draw
Adams 1 - Stoney Creek 1
The first half ended in a scoreless tie after Rochester Adams put 2 shots off the crossbar (Susan Safir & Lauren Sinacola). Adams keeper Kristine Gasparovic stopped a point blank shot by Stoney’s Dani Haelewyn for their closest effort midway through the half. In the second half a Jessica Meek header put Adams on the board first off a cross by Brittany Boeckel. Stoney Creek’s Caiti Norton tied up the game with 7 minutes left off a pass by Kelsey Pichel. Stoney Creek outshot Rochester Adams 7-5.

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Thursday, May 25
Freshman Team Update:
Adams Freshman Team 1, Groves Frosh 0
The girls attempt at 10 win season was kept alive today on the road against Groves.
After a first half that saw the Highlanders outshoot Groves 7-0 and come away tied at zero, Kristin Rheinlander took care of the scoring late in the second, beating the keeper on a high shot from the top of the 18 yard box. The girls played another strong defensive game posting their 8th shut out. We improve to 9-1-6 with the season ending game tonight at home against Stoney Creek.


Tuesday, May 30
Dragon Slayers
Rochester Adams 1 - Lake Orion 0 (SO)

It was a hard fought battle by both teams. This one went scoreless through regulation, double overtime, and ended up in a shootout. Adams seemed to apply more offensive pressure the majority of regulation time (out-shooting Lake Orion by a margin of 13-4). Each team had 1 shot on goal during the OT’s. Shootout scorers for Adams were: Elizabeth Lilly, Susan Safir, and Kristen Sanburn. Ashley Poirer scored the lone goal for Lake Orion. The win came on the fourth shooter for Adams. Kristine Gasparovic & Ashley Shugar recorded the shutouts for Adam and Lake Orion respectively at the end of regulation play.



Adams ushers Lake Orion from tourney with shootout victory
story by Dan Stickradt, Rochester Eccentric Staff Writer


If any members of Rochester' Adams' girls soccer team showed up late Tuesday night for the school's prom, they more than earned it.

The Highlanders escaped postseason death and the right to be fashionably late for the annual big dance with a 1-0 shootout victory over rival Lake Orion, topping the Dragons after nearly three hours of competition.

Adams (9-4-5) posted a 3-1 edge in the penalty kicks tiebreaker, to advance to Thursday's Division 1 district semifinal against Waterford Kettering. Lake Orion finished 13-5-4.

It was some bittersweet revenge for Adams coach Juan Delgado and several of his team's players, as Lake Orion had eliminated Adams in the distinct finals each of the past two years. The Dragons had also ousted Adams last fall in the boys season with a 3-2 district final win and also prevailed in a boys district final over the Highlanders back in 2003.

Tuesday's game was just another chapter in a long list of epic battles between the two neighboring schools over the past decade.

"It does feel good to beat them, because they knocked us out each of the past two years," recalled Delgado. "I didn't want to go to a shootout with them. I thought we had far more better chances in this game than they did and I wanted to win it in regulation, but we just couldn't put one away."

"In a shootout, it's more like a coin toss," Delgado continued. "You never know what might happen."

Adams posted a lopsided 28-5 shots edge, including 17-3 with shots directly on goal, and even held a 5-1 edge with cornerkicks in the contest. The Highlanders still couldn't beat Orion junior goalkeeper Ashley Shugar, who finished with 17 saves.

"She's the best goalie we've had come through here," said Lake Orion coach Ken Snage. "She's won some games for us and stole a coupe way from other teams. She kept us in this game and gave us a chance."

Lake Orion, which was 4-1-2 against Adams over the previous seven meetings, only had one chance in the second half and didn't attempt a shot during the two, 15-minute sudden death overtimes.

In the shootout, the situation looked bleak for the Dragons, as Lake Orion hit the goal post twice and Adams freshman goalkeeper Kristine Gasparovic had to save only Amelia Cortis first attempt.

Gasparovic made only three saves in open time to post her third shutout of the season.

"We've had some great games with them," said Delgado. "We knew that this could become a game like this. Ken Snage does a great job with that team and we have a lot of respect for them."

In the shootout, Adams picked up makes from Elizabeth Lillie, Susan Szafir and freshman Kristin Sanburn, who was credited with the decisive tally.

It was the second straight year that the Dragons' tournament ended in a shootout loss. Last season, Grand Blanc downed Lake Orion 3-2.

"It is a little frustrating," said Snage. "If I could spin the world around backwards like Superman, We would have scored another goals against Grand Blanc last year and tucked one away in this game. But it wasn't meant to be."

dstickradt@oe.homecomm.net




Friday, June 2
Highlanders In The News:


Clarkston earns right for rematch with Adams
story by Dan Stickradt, Rochester Eccentric Staff Writer


Just days before spring break, Clarkston got a chance to play one of the state's top girls soccer programs in Rochester Adams.

The Wolves hung with the No. 8-ranked Highlanders for more than 50 minutes before succumbing, 2-0, in a non-conference matchup.

Now, Clarkston has earned the right to play the Highlanders once again.

Clarkston overcame a sluggish performance and defeated Waterford Mott, 2-0, in a Division 1 district semifinal Thursday at Lake Orion. Adams, meanwhile, had no problem advancing with a 7-0 whitewashing of Waterford Kettering.

Adams (10-4-5) was set to face Clarkston (4-12-3) at noon Saturday in the district championship, played after press deadlines.

"We hung with them the first time we played them; it was 0-0 at the half," Clarkston coach Sarah Smith said. "I think we can play with them again, but I know we'll have to play better than we did against Mott."

Clarkston scored bookend goals again the Corsairs (10-6-3), the OAA Division IV champs, but struggled to find the net throughout much of the match despite posting a lopsided 18-3 shot edge.

Junior forward Brittany Davis scored two minutes into the contest on a rebound. The Wolves didn't score again until there was 10:55 left in the match, when senior stopper Marie Timm volleyed home a corner kick from Davis.

"We struggled on the offensive end, which has been a problem all season," said Smith, whose team had clubbed Mott 7-1 in game played back in early April. "We have this mentality in games where we either expect to lose or win and win big. I think the girls thought we would walk all over Mott and we didn't.

"I know we had the senior all-night party (Wednesday) night, and some of these girls were tired, but we shouldn't have let them stay so close," she added. "We're going to have to play better against Adams."

Senior goalkeeper Emily Pierce had to make just one routine save for her second straight shutout for Clarkston.

Adams played three goalkeepers in its rout of Kettering (1-15-3) and didn't even dress three starters. Juan Delgado, the Highlanders' head coach, rotated over 20 players in the contest, giving several reserves some valuable playing time.

"We're finally healthy enough, so I gave a lot of girls some playing time," he said. "We got the early goals and then we experimented some the rest of the game."

Junior forward Tiffany Boeckell scored exactly six minutes into the contest to open the floodgates for Adams. Faith Hatt and Angela Gerback went on to score a goal with an assist apiece, Jill Slingerland had a goal and two assists and Kelsey Chandler and Whitney Newsom had single tallies for Adams.

Kristine Gasparovic, Kelsey Springer and Andrea Meloff shared the shutout between the pipes for Adams, which posted a 35-2 shot edge.

Facing Clarkston again does concern Delgado, due to the fact that Pierce made 15 saves for the Wolves in that early-season loss to Adams.

"That concerns me, because she's a great keeper," Delgado said. "She'll keep them in the game. We'll have to score on a couple of our chances early. I don't not want to have to go to overtime against them like against Lake Orion."

dstickradt@oe.homecomm.net | (248) 651-7575, Ext. 12
Originally published June 4, 2006





Saturday, July 1
Boys Socer 2006 Try-out Information
*Players must have their physical before tryouts*

Tryouts- August 14 - 11-1:00 on the upper fields and 3-5:00 at the Stadium
         August 15-16- 12:30-5:00 at the Stadium ( 2:30-3:00 -Break)
         August 16- 6-7:00 Player Meetings inside the school in room 101

August 17- Practice begins

August 18- Varsity scrimmages in Saline, Michigan
9:00- Ann Arbor Pioneer
11:00- Northville
3:00- Livonia Stevenson
5:00- Saline


Tuesday, August 1
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BOYS SEASON - Autumn 2006


Saturday, August 26
Give Us The Tools And We Will Finish The Job (24 Aug 2006)
Adams 3 – Livonia Churchill 0

A very strong season opener for Adams as we traveled to Livonia to face the Chargers. Livonia fielded a strong and athletic team but the Highlanders, with strength and athleticism of their own held the decisive edge in ball control and speed and that, in the end proved too much for the Chargers to handle.

All three goals were beauties. Justin Dawson and Ryan Taylor scored in the first half, both assisted by Alex Verville. Verville put the nail in the coffin early in the second half after receiving a Thomas Casey pass down the right flank and then with a solid individual effort blew past one defender, kept balance on what would otherwise have been a foul (referee alertly allowed for the advantage) against another, penetrated into the penalty area and finished smartly against the helpless keeper.

Dan Withrow recorded 8 saves in the first half and Michael Chandler logged 3 during the truncated 2nd half. Lightning was sited 20 minute into the 2nd half and the game was declared official 30 minutes later when it showed no prospect of clearing up.

The entire team looks well in sync and if this outing was an indication of the season ahead, then it’s going to be a bright season indeed – regardless of the weather outside.

Well done, team!

Also played today:
Adams JV 2 – Churchill JV 0

NEXT UP:
Adams travel to Troy High, Wed, 30 Aug 2006. JV at 5:30; Varsity at 7:00



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Wednesday, August 30
Adams Close the Gate on Colts (30 Aug 2006)
Adams 1 – Troy 0

Tonight was very much a tale of two halves. First half was all about possession, ball movement, creating chances and very attractive soccer. And it was attractive. Midfielders Cameron Iserman, Cameron Gibson and Corey Majkowski controlled the center of the field and dictated the tempo of the game. Alex Verville made several strong runs down the right flank and give several pinpoint crosses that either just missed or were redirected to the Troy goalkeeper.

Finally in the 32nd minute, Justin Dawson won the ball at midfield and embarked on a most serendipitous run. Between Dawson and the goal were 5 field players, and the keeper. Justin took a look a his field and in the spirit of all true strikers brought to life the old adage of “Run At ‘Em”. I later told Coop that he reminded me af a surfer who kept getting lost in the tube of a breaker and you kept waiting for the wipe out – but it never came and and the end of the run, there is the surfer dude, on his board, under control and having just made one of the best rides you could ever hope to see. And that’s exactly what Justin looked like here. He attacked straight into the heart of that defense, stopped, started, cut, turned, and exploded out the other side with the ball still under full control and nothing left to do but beat the keeper – which he did. Credit also to Alex Verville who seeing the play develop, made a fantastic decoy run of his own across Dawson’s path which served to distract and wrong step two of the Colt defenders and allow Dawson to do his thing. Great fun to watch that one.

So 1-0 was the score at halftime and that is how the game would finish. Second half somehow got off track a bit and became more of a longball kickfest and really did not feature the style, control or certainty of the 1st half. But in the end, while Adams did not create nearly as much has they had earlier, neither did they allow much to the Colts. Defense did a very good job of staying organized, and Chandler and Whitey were there to clean up anything that might have turned into a major threat and the Highlanders walked off the field with a victory for their conference opener.

Also played today:
Adams JV 0 – Troy JV 0

NEXT UP:
Adams host Stoney Creek, Tuesday, 5 Sept 2006. JV at 5:30; Varsity at 7:00



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Wednesday, September 6
Stonewall (5 Sept 2006)
The Highlanders squared off tonight against a very talented Stoney Creek team and it was everything you expect a cross town match-up to be. Physical, emotional, fast, quality soccer was put on display by both teams and in the end, neither team yielded.

The Cougars came out strong and it took Adams a while to settle into the match. After about the 20th minute, things settled down and both sides took turns prodding and probing for the other's weakness. Each side created chances for themselves. Work rate and intensity were off the charts. Midfielders were amazing tonight. There was Corey at the end of the match sprinting and sliding to save a ball that ought to have been a Cougar throw-in, and then up and tackling it away from the surprised opponent, and then up and tackling it again so that all of a sudden, we’re in for another quality chance rather than (if he had chosen to be lazy or even complacent) them having possession from the near-sure throw in. There was Gibson spent near the end of the match yet still denying a long service in by virtue of his outright refusal to be shaken off the ball. There was Iserman taking charge, organizing restarts, controlling the middle, controlling the tempo. All of you, forwards, defenders, mids – just a great job. Hard work turns into great chances. Adams rang three quality chances off the crossbar and tested the Stoney Creek keeper another several times. Tonight, we didn’t get through. But with this sort of effort, intensity, attitude and focus, I’ll place odds on us every time.

Stoney also had their chances, most notably with about five minutes left when they got on the end of a cross for a one-timer that looked certain to be tucked into the lower corner - but Whitey came up HUGE(!!!!) getting across from his left post to his right post smooth as silk and at the speed of light to deny that cougar game-winner even as they were raising their hands in the air for celebration. Highlight stuff there - absolutely brilliant.

So no bragging rights earned tonight for either side. Nill-nill draw. But both can take great satisfaction in a fantastic outing and look forward to the next meeting between these two quality sides.

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

NEXT UP:
Derby week continues as we travel to Rochester HS, Thursday, 7 Sept 2006. JV at 5:30; Varsity at 7:00



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Thursday, September 7
Round One to Rochester (7 Sept 2006)
An early two goal deficit Adams yielded up in the first half Thursday night proved to much to overcome against the hungry Falcons.

The Highlanders, coming off a strong and emotional game two days before, committed a couple lapses in concentration during the first half which Rochester fortuitously exploited for goals. Adams refocused and came out with a much stronger second half, creating chances, but were only able to tuck one of them away. The elusive equalizer never materialized and the Highlanders suffered their first loss of the season.


Also played today:
Adams JV ( ) – Rochester JV ( )

NEXT UP:
Adams travel to play defending state champion DeLaSalle, Saturday, 9 Sept 2006. JV at 1:00; Varsity at 11:00am



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Tuesday, September 12
Match Result(12 Sept 2006)
Adams 0 - Lk. Orion 1

Also played today:
Adams JV 3 – Lk. Orion JV 2

NEXT UP:
Adams travel to play defending state champion DeLaSalle, Saturday, 9 Sept 2006. JV at 1:00; Varsity at 11:00am



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Friday, September 15
Highlanders Rout the Big Bad Wolf(14 Sept 2006)
Undefeated (8-0) and ranked #4 in the state heading into the match, Clarkston had every reason to feel confident. But despite Adams' recent results, the Higlanders' modest record very much belies a fantastic brand of soccer they have been playing since the season began.

That high level of play was unleashed on the Wolves last night as the potent Highlander attack exploded for four goals by four different players en route to a convincing 4-0 victory. Alex Verville played "playmaker" for the evening logging three assists on the four Adams goals. It was the Highlanders' setting the tone and carrying the play throughout the first half. Justin Peterson (Verville) opened the scoring with the lone first half goal. Then, with the second half underway, Adams turned it up another notch and put an exclamation point on the matter accumulating three more goals from Thomas Casey (Verville), Cameron Iserman (Casey), and Corey Majkowski (Verville).

The attacking mode continued through to the end of the match as the Highlanders continued to craft opportunities including two quality chances by Cody Ketchum. Dan Withrow had five saves on the evening for Adams' 5th shutout on the season.

It was a great way to come back and close out the week on the heels of a tough loss. Great job boys.

Also played today:
Adams JV ( ) – Clarkston JV ( )

NEXT UP:
Adams host Saginaw Heritage, Saturday, 16 Sept 2006. JV at 10:30am; Varsity at 11:00am



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Thursday, October 12
Adams crashes Clarkston's OAA title party
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BY DAN STICKRADT; Rochester Eccentric
STAFF WRITER

Clarkston has never won an OAA Division I title in boys soccer. It looks like the Wolves will have to wait at least another year.

Rochester Adams pulled even with Clarkston for first place in the OAA Division I following its narrow 1-0 win Tuesday in Rochester Hills and can win the title outright Thursday with a road win over Troy Athens.

Adams and Clarkston are tied with 23 points apiece with Rochester Stoney Creek standing one point back at 22 following its 2-0 road victory Tuesday over Troy. While Clarkston is done with league play, both Adams and Stoney Creek (at Rochester Thursday) still have one league game to play and can pass the Wolves with victories.

"We don't win the league very often, because usually at this time of the season we're beat up and we have to rest kids to get them ready for the state tournament," offered Adams coach Juan Delgado, whose team hasn't won the league since 2001. "Now we have a chance to win it this year and we're healthy. We have just about everybody for Thursday and we can win it (outright) if we beat Athens."

Adams (11-4-3, 7-2-2) posted its fifth straight shutout and outshot Clarkston by a 10-3 count, including 6-2 with shots directly on goal. The Highlanders struggled to get he ball past Clarkston senior goalkeeper Jason Dutcher in the early going, as Dutcher recorded two brilliant saves in the game's opening 20 minutes.

He stopped Alex Verville on a breakaway with 23:29 to play in the opening half, and then tipped away a rifle from Justin Dawson that was destined for the upper 90 of the net.

Adams finally broke through the game's lone score 12:32 before halftime, when Verville flicked a ball over to Dawson, who one-timed a shot past Dutcher.

Adams' defense made the goal stand up.

"Defensively, we're really playing well," said Delgado. "We aren't giving up many chances and the kids are playing smart soccer."

Adams junior Dan Withrow had three saves for the Highlanders, while Dutcher turned aside five shots for Clarkston (13-3-2, 7-3-2).