Rochester Adams Highlanders: ... 2005


BOYS SEASON - Autumn 2005

Sunday, August 28
Adams Fall To Foley in Season's First adVenture
Adams 1 – Bishop Foley 2

Bishop Foley Ventures mounted a second half comeback to wrest the victory away from the Highlanders tonight. Adams carried play for most of the game but failed to finish on multiple opportunities.

Tough loss, but the Highlanders show a great deal of promise. Nobody is panicing here - so don't you panic either.

Adams' lone goal was scored by Joe Connelly.

Wednesday, August 31
3 Of A Kind To Open
Adams 3 - Lake Orion 3

Adams Soccer Rocks! Adams opened up OAAI play last night with a thrilling game against Lake Orion. In a game that saw you’re your Highlanders comeback twice from 1-goal deficits, the energy level was high, the drama was palpable, the Go Joes were on hand providing music and cheers and chants and fantastic support from the stands all game long and the excitement lasted up to the very last second.

In the first half, Adams were working hard, but were unable to finish on several promising opportunities. Lake Orion converted a corner kick for the only 1st half goal 25 minutes into the contest.

Adams came out the second half with a renewed focus on possession and ball movement and carried play the entire half with about 75% possession. 14 minutes into the half, captain Ryan Blackwell played the perfect through pass to Alex Verville who made no mistake on the finish. Adams continued to carry play but relinquished the lead once again as the Dragons converted on a free kick from 25 yards out.

Undeterred, Adams drew level again 4 minutes later with Blackwell doing the playmaking again, as Justin Dawson got on the end for the equalizer. Then 5 minutes later, at the 69th minute, Dane George from the defensive right flank launched a brilliant 40-yard service to Verville on the left wing. Alex collected the ball deftly, beat one defender and slotted the ball past the keeper for the go ahead goal.

The atmosphere was electric. The Go Joes, kicked it up a notch. There were another few chances that we didn’t put away, and then finally with a mere 1:34 left to play, the Dragons were awarded with a penalty kick. It was converted for their 3rd set-piece goal on the night. The action was not finished and with the clock winding down, Adams had one last great chance as Blackwell broke through one last time and took a shot heading directly into the lower right corner. But Orion’s keeper was up to the task for this last shot and got his hand there to deflect it out. Time remaining: 00:02.

And so two seconds later, this one was in the books. A highly entertaining 3-3 draw. 3 restart goals for them; 3 attractive and well crafted goals scored during the run of play for us. And although Adams didn’t get the win, there is certainly plenty to be happy with. This was good soccer tonight. And if it’s an indication of the season to come, then there is no telling how far the Highlanders will go this year.


Next Game: Thursday, 1 September at Clarkston.

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 Dick Johnson for setting the site up. Also, many thanks to Paul Gonzales, Harry Kreger, Jeff Christensen & Dick Johnson (again) for the fantastic images you’re providing.

If you have taken digital pics that you would like to include in the photo galleries, send them to me at and I’ll make sure they get forwarded.

Friday, September 2
Cry Wolf
Adams 3 – Clarkston 0

After a week of strong play but no wins to show for it, Adams finally put it together for a convincing victory as the Highlanders traveled to Clarkston last night.

Adams Soccer Rocks!
The first half seemed a continuation of the 1st two games – lots of promise but lack of finishing. Adams crafted four or five quality scoring opportunities but let them slip away. The only 1st half goal came from a Ryan Blackwell penalty kick conversion for the Highlanders.

At halftime, Coach Juan challenged the players to step it up and focus on their chances. The response was immediate. Two minutes into the second half, junior Cameron Iserman jumped all over a poorly cleared ball and made the Wolves pay. Dicing his way past 3 defenders, Cam unleashed a missile from about 12 yards out into the upper 90 that the Wolves keeper didn’t have a prayer for.

Three minutes later Adams put the nail in the coffin. Adams knocked a 40 yard clearance out of their defensive end and with the most deft touch you can imagine, Alex Verville played the ball 1-time out of the air perfectly onto the feet of Blackwell who was overlapping at full pace into the attack. With an inside-outside touch Blackie unbalanced his defender and finished with conviction for his second goal on the evening.

The result was never in doubt from that point forward and Adams finally chalk one up in the win column.


Also played today:
Adams JV 2 – Clarkston JV 0

Adams travel to cross-town rival Rochester Tuesday, 6 September. JV at 5:30; Varsity at 7:00.

Wednesday, September 7
Adams 0 – Rochester 0

Falcons, Highlanders display tough defense, solid goalkeeping in OAA I contest
story as printed in the Oakland Press, written by Keith Dunlap of the Oakland Press

Falcons, Highlanders display tough defense, solid goalkeeping in OAA I contestROCHESTER HILLS – In a way, Tuesday was the start of a new era for the Rochester-Rochester Adams soccer rivalry.
With each of the three Rochester public schools getting a field-turf type surface installed on their football/soccer fields over the summer, it was believed that Tueasday’s tilt was the first time the teams have faced each other on an artificial surface.
So what happened in the match up of two fast, skilled squads on a type of surface that normally enhances such qualities?
A 0-0 tie in an early season battle of traditional Oakland Activities Association Division I powers.
So much for the offensive fireworks.
“It was a very equal game,” said Adams head coach Juan Delgado, who is in his seventh season. “This was the most even game we’ve played since I’ve been here at Adams. Usually, it’s not as even a game. I thought possessions were even and opportunities were even.”
Indeed it was a dead heat, as neither team generated many quality scoring chances until the final minute arrived.
When opportunities did arise, Rochester Goalkeeper Robbie Bule and Adams keeper Dan Withrow were there to turn them away.
Rochester’s best chance came with just under 10 minutes left, when junior Etrit Demaj fired a bullet inside the box from the right side of the goal, but Withrow was there to stop and corral it into his body.
Adams almost made it 1-0 with less than a minute remaining when senior Ryan Blackwell blasted a shot from 25 yards out that Bule, a 6-foot-5 keeper, barely managed to push over the crossbar.
Other than those opportunities, the defenses pretty much dominated.
Both the Falcons and the Highlanders are using the early season to try to plug holes that were created with the departure of key seniors last season.
Adams (1-1-2, 1-0-2) lost 12 seniors off a team that lost to eventual state champion Okemos in the state semifinals, while Rochester is trying to replace two players at Division 1 colleges in Chase Tennant and Ben Gearhart, along with three other starters on defense.


Also played today:
Adams JV 2 – Rochester JV 0

Adams host Warren De LaSalle Thursday, 8 September. JV at 5:30; Varsity at 7:00.
Be there or be square.

Friday, September 9
Pilots Unable To Navigate Through Adams Defense
Adams 2 – De LaSalle 0

Entry Denied! With a workmanlike effort, Adams kept a clean sheet against Catholic League powerhouse Warren De LaSalle Thursday night.

Andy Kreger and Michael Chandler shared goalkeeper duties to combine for the shutout as senior Dane George stood in and took charge of the Highlanders defense as sweeper. The first half was evenly played with both teams working hard on and off the ball, but it was a half that lacked any real flow because the referees, evidently not realizing they were officiating a soccer game rather than a basketball game, were calling every slightest touch and bump. The result being that, aside from a short span of time in the 2nd half, there were never more than 30 seconds of soccer being played without one of the three stripes blowing his whistle.

Nonetheless, Adams found the touch at the very end of the half as Alex Verville played the ball to an overlapping to Joe Seikel down the left flank. Seikel carried into space and then from 18 yards out knock a hummer past the keeper and into the side netting with a mere 11 seconds left in the half.

In what is becoming increasingly familiar fashion, Adams stepped it up a notch in the second half and once again (al la Clarkston, Lake Orion) scored the quick second-half goal. This one was off a long Kyle Kimball throw-in which was flicked on and then collected by Verville who turned lightning quick and hammered a thundering shot in from 22 yards out before the Pilots’ keeper even reacted.

With the insurance goal under their kilt, and the Go Joes up in the stands making niose and spurring their team on (and growing in numbers!), the Highlanders took care of business for the rest of the match, playing with urgency and determination the whole way through. Even so, you know a team like De LaSalle is not going to just roll over and call it quits for you. And through the half, the pilots did put together some good chances of their own. But when the did get through, junior Michael Chandler, came up with absolute gems. Three different time the Pilots had us dead-to-rights, but all three time Chandler came up huge and stoned them cold.

Adams walk off with the 2-0 victory and improve to 2-1-2. Great job by everybody tonight.


Adams JV 2 – De LaSalle JV 2
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Adams travel to Troy Athens (big game!), 13 September. JV at 5:30; Varsity at 7:00.
Be there or be square.
Brown is Beautiful!

Tuesday, September 13
Adams Freshman Team 2 - Rochester Frosh 0
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Wednesday, September 14
Adams & Athens - Head To Head
Old Rivals Treat Spectators To A Gem

Adams 2 – Athens 2

Justin Dawson gets it doneWhat a great game. It’s everything you would or could expect out of a match between two long-standing rivals. The energy was high. The play was fast. Determination and effort were clear – on both sides. The result was a 2-2- draw in the year’s most entertaining game to-date this season.

With Juan deciding to mix things up a bit, Adams opened the game flying with Sean Hasting joining Blackwell & Verville up top as a third forward. The hunch was right on the money. In the first seven minutes the Highlanders created 3 quality chances. The best of those came 3 minutes in with Alex Verville gaining a step his defender and then attacking straight toward goal. But the defender stayed with him step for step and in the end, the shot that went just high over the crossbar can be credited more to the determined defensive hustle and a well timed “nudge”, than to any fault with the shot. Things settled down a bit as the half progressed. And finally it was Athens who drew first blood at the 25th minute. The Red Hawks took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

Once again, Adams would have to draw on some second-half magic. And once again the Highlanders responded. 6 minutes into the half, it was junior, Cameron Iserman, feeding his club-season teammate Ryan Blackwell. And Blackie released an absolute masterpiece off his left foot into the upper-90 to the keeper’s right. It was a shot that had Athens coach, Tim Storch, marveling over it after the game. All the coaches grabbed a late dinner together after the game and here’s what he had to say: “To knock a ball like that, off the left foot and dipping, exactly into the corner - that is just pure quality.”

Then exactly half-way though the second stanza, it was Iserman creating things for Adams yet again. This time the crafty play-maker found Verville off to the right, and this time there was no denying the standout sophomre who finished off the play for the go-ahead goal.

Adams were now a goal ahead with 20 minutes left to play. But 20 minutes is a very long time in soccer-land. And long experience has taught anybody who has cared to pay attention that against Athens you can never be too comfortable. And once again, the Red Hawks proved just why. The equalizer came with 9 minutes left to play - and that’s how it ended. Two very good teams giving their all. Each getting a break here or there, and each capitalizing just when it matters most.

A great game both ways. Ask anybody who was there.


Adams JV 0 – Athens JV 0
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THE GO JOESNEXT UP: Adams host Troy Thursday, 15 Sept. 5:30 JV; 7:00 Varsity. The Go Joes will be there – you be there too!


Friday, September 16
These Laces Launched a Thousand Shots
Adams 0 – Troy 2

Adams turned away at the gateHomer tells the tale of how after ten years of undergoing brutal siege, Troy still stood firm. The Greeks had tried virtually every type of siege equipment to try and breech the walls, but to no avail.

And last night, our Adams Highlanders got a taste of the same medicine. After an early breakdown allowing a 2nd minute Troy goal, the Colts bunkered in for the ensuing 78 minutes and absorbed everything Adams could throw at them. We moved the ball well. We worked hard. Speed of play was excellent. We created countless chances including 17 corner kicks and 21 shots. Adams pressed and pressured the entire match through, but the combination of Troy’s bunker defense coupled with our annoyingly familiar finishing demons kept the Highlanders off the scoresheet. There were excellent chances created including a redirected corner kick that rang off the cross bar among others. But it was all to no avail this night as Troy, led by standout Colin Givens, held fast.

With Adams pushing for the equalizer and leaving only two defenders in the back, Troy scored the goal that sealed the matter with 4 minutes left in the match. Final shots – Adams 21 – Troy 5. Final result Troy 2 – Adams nill. We must start finishing our chances.


Adams JV 3 – Troy JV 2
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NEXT UP: Adams travel to Grosse Pointe North, 17 Sept. 10:00am JV; 11:30am Varsity.

Sunday, September 18
Grosse Pointe Blanked
Adams 3 – Grosse Pointe North 0

Andy Kreger keeps a clean sheet The Highlanders traveled Saturday to face the Norsemen of Grosse Pointe North who have been gaining a bit of a reputation this season, having tied Rochester the week before and defeated both Troy Athens and Utica Eisenhower, last year's state runner-up, in pre-season friendlies.

But neither, GPN’s record nor the fact that the referee decided to finally show up 20 minutes into the match, affected Adams on this afternoon, as the Highlanders set the tone early and controlled the play and pace of the match the whole way through.

Corey Majkowski patrols the defensive thirdJoe Connolly opened scoring with a header well to the keeper’s right. There was more than a little ironey to this (and the 2 ensuing goals as well). After the Troy match Thursday night, Juan scolded and implored his Highlander’s to keep the ball on the floor because playing in the air has not proven to be among our strengths (which, it must be said, has been true up to this point – Troy kicked our butt in the air Thursday).

And then, as if to heighten the paradox, Cameron Gibson and Kieran McGuirk, a JV call-up making his varsity starting debut, both tallied goals off headers. An unexpected treat to be sure, and a highly welcome one at that.

Senior Andy Kreger (pictured top) got the start in goal and combined with Michael Chandler for the shutout.


Adams JV 2 – GPN JV 1
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NEXT UP: Adams host Royal Oak Kimball, 19 Sept. 5:30 JV; 7:00 Varsity.

Tuesday, September 20
Knight Moves
Adams 4 – Kimball 0

Adams had all the right moves this night It's the end of that sweet summertime, with autumn closing in. And last night Adams put all the right moves on the Knights of Royal Oak Kimball, cruising to a convincing 4-0 win.

Goals & assists by Joe Connolly from Ryan Blackwell (8th minute), Alex Verville from Blackwell, Connolly from Kieran McGuirk, and McGuirk from Cameron Gibson.

Adams carried the play the entire match through and the Knights never really got in it. Defense was rock solid tonight. Dan Withrow & Andy Kreger shared the shutout.

A great overall effort with excellent contributions from the entire team. Workin' on our night moves... with autumn closing in.


Adams JV 1 – Kimball JV 0
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NEXT UP: Adams travel to Lake Orion Thursday, 22 Sept. 5:30 JV; 7:00 Varsity.

Tuesday, September 20
Adams Freshman Team 3 – Kimball Frosh 2
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Tuesday, September 27
Adams Freshman Team 3 – Athens Frosh 4
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Wednesday, September 28
Keeping The Wolves At Bay
Adams 3 – Clarkston 0

Adams Soccer Rocks!Adams got the job done last night scoring 3 goals and carrying play the whole night long. Clarkston were missing a key player and fought hard to dodge bullets all throughout the match. But in the end, the couldn’t dodge them all.

Once again, the Highlanders created chance after chance after chance, but could not tuck them away. Finally, after a stunning array of near misses and shoulda-been’s, the lone 1st half goal came by way of PK. Alex Verville had gained a step on his defender who found little choice but to whack him a good one to prevent a near-sure thing. A body check sent Alex flying, and captain Ryan Blackwell coolly converted the ensuing PK for the goal.

Verville took the reins all by himself for the second goal, intercepting a half clearance near midfield. With an attacking run down the left wing, He beat one, and then a second defender and finished with a well struck left-foot into the side panel. The final goal of the night came courtesy of some patient buildup and then a lovely cross from Alan Palma. Joe Seikel read the cross perfectly and finished smartly with a one-timer in full stride.

Once again, a solid defensive effort and the sure hands of Dan Withrow and Andy Kreger between the pipes ensured a clean sheet for the Highlanders.

All in all, a good looking game for Adams.


Adams JV 0 – Clarkston JV 0
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NEXT UP: Part 2 of this season cross-town rivalry as Rocherster come to us. Thursday, 29 Sept. 5:30 JV; 7:00 Varsity. Get your brown on and get there. Anybody wearing blue will be turned away at the gate.


Saturday, October 1
Adams, Rochester tie matters up again

Adams 0 - Rochester 0
story by Dan Stickradt, Rochester Eccentric Staff Writer

5 straight shutouts for WhiteyIn recent years, the rivalry between Rochester and Rochester Adams in boys soccer may have lost some of its luster. Some lopsided games over the past six seasons may have been the cause of that.

That changed Thursday night at Adams. Even though the OAA Division I match ended in a 0-0 tie, the game saw a renewed interest and increased intensity levels in front of a boisterous crowd that has been abstinent in recent clashes between the two rivals.

The game also marked the first time in 25 seasons of varsity soccer in Rochester where both regular season matches between the two finished in scoreless ties.

"This definitely had more emotion, more intensity than the last time we played them, and really than the last four or five times we've played each other," offered Juan Delgado, Adams' head coach since 1999. "Both teams played hard and it was a very even game. Both teams had a couple really good chances. And both goalkeepers were very good tonight."

Rochester, which stayed in second place in the league thanks to Lake Orion's 2-0 upset of No. 8 Troy Thursday, held a narrow 15-13 shots advantage in the game, but both teams traded off seven shots on net. Rochester also held a 5-4 edge on cornerkicks.

Adams is fourth in the league at 3-1-4 and 5-2-4 overall.

As for halting scoring chances, it was Adams sophomore goalkeeper Dan Withrow who was near-brilliant between the pipes. In the game's opening minute, Withrow punched a bending Andy Chun cornerkick over the crossbar that was destined to curl inside the far post, and just 2:18 before halftime he stopped Rochester's Pablo Merlo on a 1-v-1 breakaway from four yards out with a kick save.

Part of Withrow's seven saves were back-to-back stops off blasts from Luis Pacheco and Kevin Sanders inside three seconds with just over nine minutes remaining.

"I think I may have got a little lucky," said Withrow, who has anchored five straight shutouts for Adams. "I timed the first shot just right, then popped back up just in time to stop the rebound."

While Withrow received sterling defensive help from Joe Connolly, Justin Dawson and Corey Majkowski, their counterparts were equally effective for Rochester.

Senior Brett Jones was moved back to marking back and joined first-year starters Brian O'Rourke, freshman Jimmy Nieman and Tyler Hardy for a defensive unit that kept Adams' scoring duo of Ryan Blackwell and Alex Verville to limited scoring chances. Rob Bule, the Falcons' 6-foot-5 senior keeper, made seven saves for the Falcons (6-2-3, 4-1-2), including punching a blast by Adams' Kieran McGurik just over the crossbar inside the game's final two minutes.

"Rob set a (single-season) school record for shutouts last season, but this year he's doing it with a completely new defense in front of him," explained Rochester coach Todd Heugh. "He's been solid in goal for us all season."

For Bule, it was his seventh shutout of the season and sixth in league play, surrendering only two league goals to Troy in a 2-1 loss. He has 21 shutouts over the past two seasons, which ranks among the top two for a career in a Rochester uniform.

Ironically, Rochester opened the season with a 4-1 loss to Traverse City West, but has improved drastically since that point. The Falcons, honorable mention in this week's Division 1 polls, have allowed only nine goals all season.

"We have a new defense this season and I think it was just giving these guys (varsity) game experience," offered Heugh. "These guys have come a long ways since the start of the year. We're not scoring a ton of goals, so it's been (a blessing) that our defense has matured."
Adams JV 0 – Rochester JV 1
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Friday, October 7
Adams Freshman Team 0 – Athens Frosh 1
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Saturday, October 8
Churchill Downed
Adams 3 - Churchill 2

Dane George anchors the defense

details to follow.

Goals: Corey Majkowski (unassisted), Cameron Iserman (Justin Dawson), Justin Dawson (Cameron Gibson)
Goalkeepers: Andy Kreger, Dan Withrow

Adams JV 0 – Churchill JV 1
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NEXT UP: Adams host Troy Athens. Tuesday, 11 Oct. 5:30 JV; 7:00 Varsity. Big Game! Be there.


Wednesday, October 12
Great Game!
Adams 4 - Athens 1

Alex VervilleAdams were firing on all cylinders last night as the Highlanders won convincingly over Troy Athens last night. From the first moment of the game it looked like something special as the speed, intensity and execution of the Highlanders were all at the highest level they have been all year.

But we’ve seen good speed & execution during other games this season – and seen it all go for naught for lack of finishing. Tonight would be different. And it took just 90 seconds to show that it would be different. With lovely sequence of passes building into the attacking third, Cameron Iserman laid off a lovely little touch into the path of Ryan Blackwell who found the back of the net with a solid full-stride strike.

The first half would continue to be carried by Adams as Justin Dawson and Alan Palma (assist) would hook up in the 20th minute, and then Joe Seikel, playing far and away the best of his Adams career this past week, would add to the cause in the 35th minute on a feed from Alex Verville. Matt Gonzales back from injury and making his first appearance of the year, though limited in his minutes, played with the energy and free-spiritedness (and efficiency) of a predator that has just been let out of it’s cage.

During the second half, the scoring opportunities subsided just a bit, but the Highlanders continued to carry play. The Red Hawks were able to tally one at the 15 minutes into the second half, but Verville (from Blacwell) would answer a mere 5 minutes later and that would cap the scoring on the night.

This was just a gem of a game and a magnificent effort through and through.

Adams JV 1 – Athens JV 0
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NEXT UP: Adams travel to Troy. Thursday, 13 Oct. 5:30 JV; 7:00 Varsity.

Friday, October 14
at troy
Adams 1 - Troy 3
Adams JV 4 – Troy JV 1

Tuesday, October 18
Highlanders’ Winning Heritage Shines Through
Adams 4 – Saginaw Heritage 0

Alex VervilleAdams continued their strong play of late as they traveled to Saginaw to down the Hawks of Heritage High School Saturday. It was dominant performance with the Highlanders scoring 90 seconds into the contest and carrying 75% of possession.

All four goals were scored in the first half. Ryan Blackwell had two goals and an assist, Alex Verville a goal and an assist and Justin Dawson scored for Adams. The second half saw more opportunities including two penalty kicks. Senior Alex Nelson looked to power one through with the first PK but the shot was saved by the keeper. On the second, Theis Hofmann went the finesse rout and took a beauty on the rise toward the upper-90 on the keeper’s left. But it rose just an inch or two too high and rang off the crossbar.

No matter though. The match was well in hand and once again, every player on the roster is to be commended for a strong contribution to the overall showing. Andy Kreger and Michael Chandler share the shutout and the Highlanders head into the last week of the regular season moving in the right direction.

Great job team. Keep up the great work!

Wednesday, October 19
At The End Of The Knight
Adams 2 - Kimball 1

Joe Seikel attacked as Kyle Kimball looks onAdams traveled down to Royal Oak Kimball last night to play the last boys’ soccer game the Knights will ever play at home. Next year Kimball will merge with the Oaks of Dondero High School into one high school, which will be named Royal Oak High. Their mascot will be the Ravens.

The scrappy Kimball team worked hard and took as good an advantage of the surface conditions as possible. The small field dimensions and the worn out and torn up field, showing every bit of a full season’s football and soccer use with grass remaining on perhaps 70% of the playing area serve to negate ball control and sustained possession, both of with have been hallmarks of the Adams game this year.

But in the end it was 2 goals by Joe Connolly (assists to Cam Iserman and Cam Gibson) that sealed the deal for the Highlanders. Kimball made a game of it scoring halfway through the second half, but were unable to tuck away the equalizer and had to settle for the one goal loss.

Dan Withrow and Andy Kreger combined once again between the pipes for the win.

Knight has gone and Oak is fallen. Their time is done, consigned to lore.
‘Tis a Raven in the distance - tapping, knocking at the door.
Only this, and nothing more.

Thursday, October 20
Senior Night Success
Adams 2 – Grand Blanc 1

(back row: Joe Connolly, Matt Gonzales, Thies Hofmann, Alex Piazza, Alex Nelson, Andy Kreger, Jeff Siemianowski, Alan Palma, (middle): Brian Kimball, Joe Seikel, Eric Schlaupitz, (front): Dane George, Ryan Blackwell, Sam ChristiansenIt was senior night at Highlander Stadium Wednesday night as the Adams Highlanders played their last home game of the year against the visiting Bobcats of Grand Blanc. This is always a bittersweet game. And all the more so this year because everything about coaching and interacting with this team this year has been a pure joy – and that always starts from the tone and example set by the seniors on the team.

And again it was the seniors leading the way as Ryan Blackwell opened the scoring by coolly finishing off an absolutely lovely ball delivered back toward the penalty spot from the deep right flank by Alex Verville. Minutes later it was defender Joe Connolly scoring his 7th goal of the season, and his 3rd in two games, off a corner kick set piece. Cameron Iserman delivered the ball hard along the ground about two yards off the touchline. Blackie making a near post run, dummied and Connolly played a cheeky little touch onto frame in past the keeper who seemed to be caught entirely unprepared.

Watching Joe Connolly score goals like this is like watching Joey Kocur score those unbelievable finesse goals during the ’98 Stanley Cup run – you’re certainly happy for the goal, and you admire the skill to finish… but THAT goal from THAT guy? Unbelievable.

Well believe it.

Grand Blanc scored early in the second half but Adams put the clamps down after that and walked off the field with a 2-1 victory to close out the season here at home. The last game of the season will be tonight at Lake Orion.

This is no time to go on about the outstanding core of seniors on the squad, as we expect to have a good deal of soccer yet left to play. But just for now, let me offer my thanks for your leadership and work ethic and the tone you set for your team. You guys are great and I cannot wait for the next three weeks.

Well done, boys.

Friday, October 21
Adams Wrap Up Regular Season; Look Ahead Toward Playoffs
Adams 0 – Lk. Orion 4

Alex NelsonAdams capped the regular season with a spirited outing last night. With great speed of play and determination, Adams continued to focus on their possession oriented style of play. The first 20 minutes were brilliant as the Highlanders consistantly strung together sequences of 4, 5 and more passes at a time. The hard work paid off with several quality chances for forwards Kieran McGuirk and Thomas Casey.

During the second half, the work rate never let up and several more exciting chances were crafted by the relentless Highlanders. Alex Piazza came within an inch as he rang a shot off the crossbar early in the second half. Minutes later a lovely buildup sequence between Piazza, Alex Nelson resulted in a fantastic opportunity as Thies Hofmann running onto a lay-off, struck the ball in full stride but missed just wide.

Despite the near misses, Adams never let up a moment. Midfielders, Nelson, Piazza, Jeff Siemianowski, Eric Schlaupitz and Scott Robbins continued to work and bang and seek out those chances to feed the forwards and never got taken off their game plan.

In the back, Drew Dering and Mark Rudolf assigned to mark some very speedy frontrunners, were fantastic. And ironman Bryan Brown, playing every minute of the match, was relentless in hunting down every ball he could find and winning balls out of the air against bigger and taller opponents.

And so the game ended. Several near misses. Our share of very nice chances created. Outstanding effort and work rate by every single player. And a very satisfying match to wrap up our regular season. Every player went in hard for every ball. Every player left everything they had out on the field and Juan & I could not be more proud of this team.

Now we turn our attention to our 1st round district opponent, Waterford Kettering. The Captains, coached by Tony Williams who led Adams’ girls to a state championship in 1992, are a much improved side with 10 wins under their belt this season and very impressive draw with #3 Novi two weeks ago.

So from here on out, it’s total focus on the job at hand. There are no easy games. And there are no days off. And there is nothing worth winning that isn’t worth giving your all for.

Great job this regular season, boys. Now let’s go put all that great work to use.


Adams JV 1 – Lake Orion JV 0
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NEXT UP: 1st-round District Match vs. Waterford Kettering, Teusday, 25 Sept. 5:00 at Pierce Middle School, 5154 Hatchery Rd. (between Crescent Lake Road & Airport Rd.), Waterford.

Wednesday, October 26
Captains Lead The Way Past the Captains
Corey Majkowski & Sean HastingsIt wasn’t going to be easy. It’s not supposed to be. And if anybody had any doubts about the vast improvement of this Waterford Kettering soccer team, the should have been well put to rest this last two weeks as the Captains tied #3 Novi and gave #2 Stoney Creek everything they could handle in the nail-biting 2-1 loss.

It wasn’t going to be easy. It’s not supposed to be.

And it wasn’t.

But on the shoulders of our own captains, the Highlanders came up big when they needed to and got stingy when they needed to.

The game started out brilliantly. For the first twenty minutes, Adams carried play and looked as though we’d have our way. The first goal was scored early off a set piece served up by Cameron Iserman, assisted and finished off by captains Ryan Blackwell & Joe Connolly, respectively. Three minutes later, the same treo nearly repeated the deed on another corner – but this time the shot was off target. And then another shot off target... and then another.

And then the turn in the tide of play. Once again, the finishing demons reared their ugly heads and before our eyes, the game turned from one of total control to one of a total dogfight. Kettering began to sniff out chances and after the 20th minute or so of the first half, would match Adams, chance for chance. And if not for a rock-solid performance by Dan Withrow in goal, things could have got very ugly for the Highlanders. As it was, Whitey, even to the point of giving up his “body” for the cause, kept a clean sheet on the half and Adams carried their tenuous 1-0 lead into halftime.

During the second half, both teams came out full of spirit and speed of play and general intensity were raised a notch on both sides. Play got more physical and ten minutes in, Adams were called for a foul in the penalty area and the Captains converted.

This becomes very dangerous territory. To have dominated a team at the beginning of a match, but not to have put them away, is very risky business. Because for every minute that they are NOT put away, hope grows. Confidence grows. Belief grows. And where you should have had the game well in hand, you now have a game on your hands. And This was the hand we had now delt ourselves; the price would have to pay for not finishing our chances when we should. And in the face of that swelling threat, a team can do one of two things – they can fold, or they can rise to the occasion.

And it took only a minute for the Highlanders to choose their path. And against these Captains of Kettering, it was OUR own captains leading the way. It was captain Brian Kimball, having one of his best game of the year, feeding co-captain Ryan Blackwell whose fantastic finish from the right of the keeper into the upper-90 of the far post seemed not so much a soccer goal, as it was a statement: “we WILL not be denied this game – we REFUSE to quit the field”.

And with that, Adams gathered herself and played with a renewed determination that would see them through the match to the end. As the captains in the back, Matt Gonzalez and Joe would take charges and see to the defense’s share of the responsibility, the rest of the team would settle down a bit and just go about the business of taking care of business. And in the end, Adams got the job done. It never did get easy again. But it never seemed in doubt again either. 2-1 final score.

Hats off to coach Tony Williams and a quality Waterford Kettering side for a great match and an outstanding season.

And hats off to you boys, for knuckling down and finishing the job.

And Brian, Ryan, Joe & Matt - hats off to you captains for leading the way.

Well done, Adams. Now we focus on Thursday.


GIRLS SEASON - Spring 2005

Monday, April 11
Adams Fend Off the Dragons
Rochester Adams 1 - (at) Lake Orion 0

This was an extremely tough and hard-fought match. Lake Orion playing with the services of several key starters gave Adams all it they could handel Thursday night up in Dragon country. In the end, it was Smurf finding her second late-in the-second-half game-winner in as many games. Kelly Robbins records her first carreer varsity shutout with another strong showing. Actually, the shutout credit must be split with Jessica Holt, who gamely finished the last 2 minutes of the match when Kelly was shaken up on an outstanding breakaway save as Orion was throwing everything but the kitchen sink at us at the end to try to salvage the tie.

Well done EVERYBODY!!!!!!!

Also played today:
Adams JV 0 - Lake Orion JV 0
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Wednesday, April 13
D-Day - 2005 Campaign Begins With Eisenhower
Susan Szafir turns toward goal
Adams 2 - Eisenhower 2

The Highlanders opened their season last night with a very strong non-conference opponent in the Eisenhower Eagles (3-1-1). Play was even throughout the most of match with each team working hard and being active. The first goal came halfway into the 1st half when Jessica Meek flicked a great ball on to Brittany Boeckel in stride who then zeroed in to attacked goal with determination fighting through a double team. Though sandwiched and fouled from two sides, Brittany, in an exemplary show of grit and refusal to be denied, kept her feet and kept the ball and the referee wisely allowed advantage. With the two defenders left behind laying on the ground behind her, Boeckel slotted the ball smoothly past the Eisenhower keeper.

The Eagles drew the game level with 4 minutes left in the half on a restart play and then pulled ahead 5 minutes into the second half. Things started to improve as the Highlanders simplified their game. Amy Montes was outstanding as outside mid with several quality crosses. Finally with 10 minutes left to play a lovely possession sequence from Susan Szafer to Stephanie Cregg to Lauren Sinacola (Smurf) found Smurf 25 yards outside with a look at goal. She pivoted and drove just off the floor like a laser beam into the side netting. The shot came so quickly and unexpectedly the Eisenhower keeper looked surprised that it was actually taken and reacted far to late to have a legitimate chance to get there. It was truly a highlight goal.

That was how the game ended - with two strong teams having put in a good evening’s work. Senior Kelly Robbins had 5 saves on the night for the Highlanders, now 0-0-1.

Also played today:
Adams JV 1 - Eisenhower JV 2
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Adams next travel to Lahser Thursday night at 7:00. Be there or be square.

Friday, April 15
Adams 0 - Lahser 4

Adams had an inconsistent outing last night in their first conference match of the season and suffered a tough 4-0 loss to a solid Lahser team. The only goal in the first half came after goalkeeper Faith Hatt made an excellent diving save off a restart, but an unmarked player on the back side tucked away the rebound. The Knights (3-0-1) came out very sharp in the 2nd half, scoring another three goals and really carrying play throughout the match. The Highlanders fall to 0-1-1 (0-1-0, OAA I) in this early season.

Also played today:
Adams JV 2 - Lahser JV 0
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Adams next host Stoney Creek for their home opener Saturday, 16 April at 1:00pm (JV game at 11:00). I promise perfect weather and delicious hot dogs. So get on your brown, bring the kids and cheer on your Highlanders for this crosstown matchup.

Saturday, April 16
Back On Track
(at)Rochester Adams 2 - Rochester Stoney Creek 1

On a beautiful day the Highlander hosted a highly talented Cougars of Stoney Creek. Lauren Carter scored Stoney's lone goal of the match. Adams' two most prolific scorers, Lauren Sinacola and Brittany Boeckel each contributed a goal to secure the win.

Also played today:
Adams JV 0 - Stoney Creek JV 0
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Wednesday, April 20
Cross-Town Classic
Rochester Adams 2 - (at) Rochester 1

This is a cross-town division rivalry that always promises to be a hard-fought, highly spirited, thouroughly entertaining affair. It was all that and more. Rochester drew 1st blood 12 minutes into the first half. Shaking the goal off, goalkeeper Kelly Robbins stepped her game to keep her team in the hunt making several excellent saves, including a highlight diving deflection late in the half to keep the game within 1 goal.

The Higlanders came out with renewed energy in the 2nd half and with 12 minutes left to play in the game, Lauren Sinacola served a free kick into dangerous territory around the 6-yard box. In the scrum that ensured, Kelsey Smith was able to tuck away the equalizer.

Then with only 3 minutes left to play, Smurf banged the game-winner home from 20 yards out and into the far side netting.

An exhilerating finish to a highly dramatic match between these two old rivals. And we haven't seen the last of each other this year. Adams & Rochester face off again May 5th at Adams.

How could you even consider missing THAT match?

Also played today:
Adams JV 1 - Rochester JV 1
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Tuesday, April 26
Tied Up In Troy
Rochester Adams 1 - (at) Troy 1

When Adams and Troy stepped onto the field last night, there seemed more similarity than difference between the two. Both young. Both loaded with talent. Both determined. And both led by veteran coaches with state championship rings on their fingers.

And in the end, both teams could claim owning a half.

The first half was Troy’s. From the get-go the Colts came out strong and created chance after chance all through the half. Kelly Robbins was the difference in the half for the Highlanders with her most impressive outing to date. Facing 12 shots in the first half alone Robbins kept her team in the match with solid play throughout. The only one that got through was a magnificent shot struck with pace and pin-point precision from freshman Megan Pines (#17 pictured above). Robbins dived to her right and got fingers on the ball, but still it just glanced off her fingertips, brushed the inside of the post and found it’s way home to give Troy the 1-0 halftime lead.

With a second half boost of energy, Adams came out a bit more organized, a bit more determined and began to carry more of the play. With 20 minutes left, Brittany Boeckel took off on as inspired a piece of dribbling and finishing as I’ve seen in years. Receiving the ball at about half field with room to turn, she had help on either side as Chelsea Leonardelli (pictured above in gold) and Jessic Meek from their respective wide forward positions, made their own strong runs – which certainly factored into the defense’s indecision as whether to tackle Boeckel hard or protect against the through ball. In the end Brittany beat them all, and then, silky as you like, wrong-footed keeper with one final fake and slotted the ball home along the deck.

And that was the game. There were more chances both ways, including a terrible PK call awarded for a foul clearly committed outside the box. But even that worked out correctly in the end, as the ensuing penalty kick was send high up over the goal.

And that was the end result. Two mirror teams with a mirror result. Great game.

Also played today:
Adams JV 0 - Troy JV 1
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Next Up: Adams travels to Troy Athens Thursday, 28 April. Game time is 7:00 (5:30 JV). Coach Storch say he's gonna hold Juan to an old bowling wager that he lost – the bet was the loser of that bowling game had to sing the national anthem at the other team’s home field. Tim never collected and says he’s gonna hold Juan to it Thursday. Hey, that's worth the road trip and the price of admission right there!


I'll be happy to get the Freshman Team info listed and updated, but I need a volunteer to get the info to me.

Until then, there is nothing I can do but let this page sit empty.

Thursday, April 28
Athens Has the Answer
Rochester Adams 0 - (at) Troy Athens 2

This was a very close match, well played both ways. The first half was a chess match as one team would make an adjustment and the other would counter and the first would respond to that counter, etc. And so it went for the whole of the first half resulting in a scoreless match up to halftime.

The deadlock was broken 18 minutes into the second half when from 20 yards out on the right flank Alex Jendrusch launched a missile of a bender up and over everybody and then back down into the back panel. Just an extraordinary shot. Adams responded with pressure and chances for the rest of the half, but Athens sealed it with about 8 minutes left and walked off the field with a hard-fought and well-earned 2-0 victory.

Also played today:
Adams JV 0 – Athens JV 2
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Athens hosts Utica Ford II Saturday at 1:00 (jv at 11:00am).

Thursday, April 28

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See you on the fields!


Saturday, April 30
Ford II Put Up A Fight Too
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Everybody is happy Jill (right) is OK.
(at)Rochester Adams 1 – Utica Ford II - 1

In a non-conference cross over, Utica Ford II served notice early that they were here to play. Withstanding some early pressure and missed chances by our Highlanders, the Falcons found a counter-attack opportunity about 10 minutes into the match and made no mistake, scoring on their first chance of the game.

Adams responded 5 minutes later on a lovely combination resulting in a heads-up goal by freshman Jordan-McAdory attacking with perfect timing from the back post to meet the ball served to the back post and slot the serve home. It was Jordan’s first goal of her Adams career – and the first of many expected to follow.

Adams continued to apply pressure and held most of possession, but Ford played a determined, physical match matching Adams’ speed and skill with sheer determination and will. Both Jill Slingerland and Brittany Boeckel were lost to the game and sent to the Crittendon ER for examination for possible concussions.

And yet the Highlanders still continued to carry play, but were just unable to finish on numerous chances. The last and most spectacular of those chances came with a mere 30 seconds left in the match. Smurf received the ball with her back to goal near the top of the arc. With a deft move she turned on her defender and banged a superb strike that was heading to the left side panel. Coming off her foot I had a perfect sightline of the path of the shot and distinctly recall whispering to myself “goal”. But Ford’s keeper doesn’t much care what I had to say about it. In an absolute textbook example of an extended dive save launched herself to her right and while perfectly horizontal and 3 feet off the deck, deflected the ball out past the outside of the post.

And it was that kind of day. Some great chances we missed ourselves, and a few great chances Ford came up huge. Good game. Last word on Jill & Brittany was that they are both fine and expected to play next week. Great news.

Also played today:
Adams JV 3 – Ford II JV 0
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Last week Adams wrapped up their OAA road marathon and will begin a 6 out of the next 7 games homestand. Tuesday we’ll host the Lahser Knights. Adams will be motivated to avenge the one real butt-kicking we have had handed to us this year. But the Knights, having suffered their first and only loss this past Thursday, will have motivation of their own to draw on. As I’ve said before – there are no nights off in OAA I. Come on out. It’s going to be a great game.


Tuesday, May 3
Lahser Knights Continue to Show Their Mettle
(at) Adams 1 – Lahser 2

As we officially enter the back half of the season the Highlanders' task and focus are to keep an eye on adjustments, improvements and preparation for the playoff run. Tonight’s varsity match up featured a rematch between Adams and 1st place Lahser(9-1-2, 5-1 OAA I). Motivation for both teams was high as the Highlanders sought vindication after the sound beating Lahser place on them in the season opener. Meanwhile, Lahser’s last match resulted in their only loss of the season so you knew they were going to come out strong.

Also, a bright spot of note – tonight’s game featured the return of Amy Montes who has (reluctantly) been out since the first game of the season recovering from injury. Despite wanting to get in the last 2 weeks, Juan has been very cautious, knowing that it will be far more important to miss her here at the beginning of the season and have her 100% for the playoff run, than to have her at 70% all year long because she never had the time to properly heal. Juan finally gave her the nod tonight and she put in a solid performance. It’s great to have you back Amy.

And as expected, it was a hard fought, hard working match that both teams could take great pride in. Lahser opened up scoring with the only goal of the 1st half. The pace and the intensity never waned at all as the second half played out. In the 60th minute Lauren Sinacola once again displayed her restart magic as she perfectly bent a 22-yard free kick into the upper right corner of the goal to draw the math level.

Things remained knotted up until Lahser put together a stylish combination sequence that started from the center of midfield to the left wing, back to the weak side and resulting in a chip over the keeper for the game winner.

But regardless of the result, it was a far more gratifying outing than our last meeting. Because despite the loss, the quality of play is vastly better than it was the 1st week of the season. Sometimes it's all about having you eye on the right target.

Also played today:
Adams JV 0 – Lahser JV 1
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Adams host Rochester Thursday, 5 May 2005 at 7:00 (jv at 5:30). Hey, get on out and make some noise for your Highlanders. This is going to be a great game. Both teams want this one badly. Both teams enter the match with identical conference records (2-3-1). Both teams are working hard to stay in the OAA I hunt. Plus - this is THE game. The cross-town rival. Our own little derby. It’s Cubbies-White Sox. It’s Yankees-Mets. It’s just plain fun. The Falcons will be looking for a little revenge of their own, having lost the 1st of the two season match-ups. So get on out to the game. It’s just so embarrassing if the visiting team has more fans in the stands than the host. See you Thursday.


Tuesday, May 3
1.        Ok so I lied about the rest of our conference matches being at home now. As it turns out, on 17 May, we will take the unusual step of traveling to Troy Athens for a second time this season to accommodate the field upgrade scheduled to begin at Highlander Stadium. Oooh, high-tech third millennium field turf! No more mougles! (I think I'm gonna get this stuff installed in my back yard - no more mowing!)

p.s. while we're at it, I say we plan for a 3rd trip to Athens on June 18th! whadayathink?

2.        Our snowed-out match vs. Birmingham Grove has been rescheduled for 24 May. Location will be Rochester High School (again, to accommodate the field upgrade).

3.        SENIOR NIGHT: We will be taking a few minutes before our last home game on Friday, 13 May 2005 vs. Bishop Foley to recognize our outstanding seniors, Stephanie Cregg, Victoria Horton, Mallory LePage and Kelly Robbins.

That's all I got for now. SEE YOU TONIGHT vs. Lahser!

Thursday, May 5
Falcons Avenge Early Loss; Split Season Series
(at) Adams 1 – Rochester 3

Well, we knew they were good. We knew they were motivated. And we knew we had a fight on our hands. But it takes more than knowing the obstacles to negotiate an obstacle course. You have to overcome them. And today we didn’t do that. In the end, Rochester were the ones who took advantage of their opportunities and finished their chances. Adams struggled today in the defensive third of the field not winning enough first & second balls and having difficulty clearing the area when we had chances to do so.

Adams lone goal tonight came once again off the foot of Smurf from a direct free kick. Rochester made an error in setting up their wall and didn’t take it far enough over to cover the near post. So that is precisely where Lauren zeroed in on. She knocked that ball on a rope past the last player on the wall and just inside the near post as a helpless Lauren VanHoey made a late attempt for a save she never had a chance to make.

It was one of few bright spots on the night for our Highlanders. But it came when we were already 3 goals down and with only 6:17 left to play. And although we pressured strongly for the remainder of the match, as Juan changed the field formation to a 2-4-4, the odds were very much against us by that time, and the odds prevailed.

Also played today:
Adams JV 1 – Rochester JV 0
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Rochester wins 3-1 and these two fine teams who know each other so well slit the season series 1-1. Adams head up to Grand Blanc Saturday with all 3 teams to square off against the Bobcats. Freshman team plays at 10:00, JV at 11:30, and varsity at 1:00.


Monday, May 9
Grand Blanc Blues
Adams 1 - (at) Grand Blanc 4

The Highlanders have hit a rough patch the last few weeks that have involved some bad breaks, some tough injuries, some bad mistakes, and just some plain bad soccer luck. Adams recent struggles continued Saturday against Grand Blanc. With two key starters, and five players in total, already out with injury, Smurf was taken out of the match for the day after a heavy collision 5 minutes into the match.

The challenge was on for the Highlanders. And although Grand Blanc drew first blood, Adams answered back strongly as Stephanie Cregg skied to get on the end of a Susan Szafir corner kick. Steph got all of it and absolutely buried the thing before the keeper ever had a chance to react. But then the fates of “soccer luck” kicked us in the teeth again when Adams were charged with a highly questionable intentional handling of the ball in the penalty area. Goalkeeper Kelly Robbins made pretty good go of it, and my even have got a touch on it (I haven’t had a chance to ask her yet), but nonetheless, the PK was converted with what turned out to be the game winner. Grand Blanc scored twice more as Adams chose to gamble by loading up the front of the field and take our chances with less numbers in the back.

And that was that. Nice day. Tough result. Adams is in a rough patch right now – but rough patches don’t last forever. Either does bad soccer luck.

Also played today:
Adams Freshman team 7- Grand Blanc Freshman team 0
Adams JV 1 – Rochester JV 0
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Next match is at home vs. Lake Orion. Tuesday, 10 May, 7:00 (5:30 for the JV game).


Wednesday, May 11
Adams Over Lake Orion
Adams had a very strong game against Lake Orion last night. Goals came in the second half by Lauren Sinacola (assisted by Brittany Boeckel) and Brittany (assisted by Amy Montes.)

Also played today:
Adams Freshman team 7- Grand Blanc Freshman team 0
Adams JV 1 – Lake Orion JV 0
click here for JUNIOR VARSITY game details!

Up next: Adams host Troy Thursday, 12 May at 7:00 (JV at 5:30). Also, remember Friday night is SENIOR NIGHT when we will take some time before our 7:00 match vs. Bishop Foley to give a special thank you to our outstanding seniors, Stephanie Cregg, Victoria Horton, Mallory LePage and Kelly Robbins. It is our last game at Adams High School this year and it’s our last game ever on our bumpy, crowning, knurly, semi-grassy home field. Construnction on the new high-tech third millennium field turf field begins the next week. So c’mon out. Say thank you to our seniors and grab a patch of grass to put in your “crazy memorabilia case” right next to the patch of grass you pilfered from Tiger Stadium on 1984.


Friday, May 13
Dark Skies Rain on Seniors’ Parade
storm upon the highlands
We saw it coming. Dopler “x”-thousand jockeys all over town were bull-horning the news every 3 minutes on the radio & TV. But we were hoping to at least get enough time to acknowledge our wonderful seniors and think them and their families for everything they've given to this program before the skies opened up – but then the skies opened up.

Things have just been kind of going that way for the Highlanders the last few weeks – so why would Friday the 13th be any different?

Well, maybe it can rain on our parade, but the is no way it can dampen our spirits or wash away our gratitude for the four exemplary seniors of this Adams Highlander soccer team, Stephanie Cregg, Victoria Horton, Mallory LePage and Kelly Robbins. Girls, I have said it before, but it remains true and so I say again - you are a class act and the incredible spirit and camaraderie of this varsity team this year starts with the fantastic leadership you have provided and displayed all year long. Your team and your coaches are very proud of you.

But there was, soccer tonight. Before the rains came Adams and Foley JV squads were able to complete their match. The Adams JV team continued to roll by shutting out their 5th consecutive opponent. Adams started this game off right by scoring 5 minutes into the game. Haley Mansfield played a long ball up the middle that forward Krista Dean was able to run down. Krista took it to the goal and beat the Bishop Foley goalkeeper to give Adams the early lead. Bishop Foley never put on any offensive pressure throughout the game and although the game was a little ragged, Adams controlled the game throughout. However, with only a one goal lead at half time, there was still cause to be a little nervous. Alex Nicholaou put the game away about 9 minutes into the second half, when Adams scored again on a very pretty passing play. Nada Zohdy started the play by playing a long ball into the box. Stephanie Wang received the pass on the left wing, and as she was driving towards the goal, fed a pass to Krista Dean to her right, who promptly passed it to Alex Nicholaou going down the middle. Alex scored the goal and the defense didn’t allow Bishop Foley any scoring opportunities for the rest of the game. As usual, Adrienne Reed and Liz Williams shared the goaltending duties and once again shut out the opponents. Adams JV is now 5-4-5 and have a couple of tough games against Troy Athens and Saginaw Heritage next week.

Individual Highlights:
Krista Dean – 1 goal, 1 assist
Alex Nicholaou – 1 goal
Haley Mansfield – 1 assist
Stephanie Wang – 1 assist
Adrienne Reed – 1 Save (first half)
Liz Williams – 2 Saves (second half)

Good job girls - keep up the great work.

The makeup for this rained out varsity match against Foley will be Monday, 23 May, at a location as yet to be determined; and not to be confused with makeup for the snowed out match against Groves which will be Tuesday, 24 May at Rochester HS.

Our next game will be Tuesday, 17 May at Athens. 7:00 (5:30 jv).


Thursday, May 12
Trojan Force
(at) Adams – 0 Troy 4

Not much to say about this match except Troy came out and carried play all evening. Adams wrap up their OAA I schedule Tuesday against Athens (at Athens) and then finish the season with a four-game marathon against non-division opponents including 2 make-ups from earlier weather-induced postponements.

Also played today:
Adams JV 0 – Troy JV 0
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Wednesday, May 18
Struggles Continue For Adams
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Adams 1 - (at) Athens 5

Adams had another rough outing last night as we headed down to Athens High School for the second time this year. And as in previous games, the Highlanders were well in it for most of the first half, but for only a moment the slightest breakdown was exploited brilliantly by a very alert Athens team and resulted in the 1st goal on a far post cross and a 1-time finish.

At halftime there was no reason to doubt that we could come back and pull it out. It seemed we only needed to tweak things here & there and we’d be ok. But that’s wasn’t what happened. Rather than the Highlanders stepping things up a notch, it was the Red Hawks who did so and laid siege to the Adams goal resulting in 4 more second half goals before Brittany Boeckel finally created a breakaway with 6 minutes left to play and finished to tally Adams’ only goal on the night.

With the 5-1 victory, Athens wins a share of the OAA 1 championship, and Adams goes back to work to find the right mix as we look toward state playoffs set to begin in 2 weeks. It’s been baptism by fire for us this season and has not been easy. But it’s never easy. Nothing worthwhile ever is, nor should we wish it to be. Because although fire burns, it also tempers steel. The task is to learn from this adversity and use it to improve ourselves.

And I know we can do just that.

Also played today:
Adams JV 0 – Troy JV 0
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Adams travels to Saginaw Heritage Friday, 20 May.