Rochester Adams Highlanders: ... 2002



Oakland Press
Monday, August 26
Top 10 Boys Soccer Team (26 Aug 2002)
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Norman is taken down by Detroit U-D Jesuit's Russell Schaefer during 2001 Finals
By KEITH DUNLAP, Special to The Oakland Press; August 26, 2002

Coming off a year where there was a state champion (Southfield Christian) and two state runner-ups (Rochester Adams, Farmington) in 2001, it may be hard to believe county teams could have even more success in 2002. Believe it. With nationally-ranked players, state championship contenders galore and as competitive a league as you'll find in the nation in OAA Division I, it promises to be a banner year, literally and figuratively, for county teams.

Here are our top 10 teams, all of which have a chance to be playing far into the state tournament come playoff time.

1 Rochester Adams - The biggest question surrounding the Highlanders is can Nathan Norman and Simon Omekanda carry the team to a state title after losing eight seniors off last year's state runner-up team in Division I? Or will a lack of depth be Adams' Achilles heel all season?

Whichever scenario plays out will determine the Highlanders fortunes as they seek to avenge a shocking 2-1 loss to Detroit U-D Jesuit in last year's state final.

The Highlanders will have to go without Norman for the first half of the season after he suffered a broken foot on June 1 playing for his club team. He should be in peak form by the start of the playoffs, but how well he recovers will go a long way in determining the team's fate.

Adams returns four other starters, including [junior goalkeeper] Stefano Crescentini and [senior] defender Matt Stoebick, but the rest of the team is less proven.

To help compensate for the loss of the entire midfield, Adams head coach Juan Delgado will move Norman from forward to midfield and will have senior Matt Austin play on the opposite side of Omekanda at forward.

The other spots at midfield are up in the air, with Richard [Solarte], Brian Mattoni and C.J. [Szafir] among a group of candidates who will replace All-State performers Alexander Renzi and Dan Picman.

"We won't have guys as talented as those guys, so we won't ask them to do as much as those guys last year," Delgado said. "I think with hard work, they can fill in and do a good job."

2 Farmington - With 10 senior starters returning off of a team that was the state runner-up last year, the Falcons are the early favorites for a state title in Division 2.
The biggest obstacle the Falcons could face will be adjusting to life in the OAA Division I, otherwise known as the state's toughest division with Adams, Rochester, Troy, Troy Athens and Clarkston looming twice a year.
But with a loaded squad, led by senior forward and All-State performer Matt Konopinski, senior midfielder and second team All-State performer Matt O'Kopney, senior midfielder and third-team All-State performer Joe Russo, junior defenseman K.C. Lopata and senior goalie Andrew Martin, it's not like the rest of OAA Division I will be overjoyed to play Farmington.
"No major concerns," said Farmington coach Luke Juncaj, who was the state's Coach of the Year in Division 2 last year. "If we stay healthy, we should be able to compete with anybody in the state."

3 Rochester - The bridesmaid to Adams' bride last year (all of Rochester's three losses last year came against Adams), the Falcons return a deep and veteran squad that should go toe-to-toe with the Highlanders in league and district play.
Rochester returns seven starters off last year's team, led by senior midfielder and captain Josh Maniago, a second team All-State selection, senior forward Ryan Dick, who missed last year with a broken leg after earning All-State honorable mention honors as a sophomore, and senior Ryan O' Milion, an All-State honorable mention last year.
Rochester's goalie situation is unknown as the Falcons will try and find a replacement for the graduated Chris Purgatori.
Competing in the brutally tough OAA Division I and having Adams in its district, Rochester coach Todd Heugh knows what the biggest obstacle to a long run in the state tournament will be.
"If we can get out of our district, you have a good chance to go far because you start going further north," he said. "There are some good teams up there, but there are even better ones down here. We'll take it one step at a time."

4 Birmingham Brother Rice - The Warriors return 13 varsity performers and are hungry to avenge a loss 2-1 to Anchor Bay in a regional semifinal last year after being co-state champs in Division 1 in 2000.
The Warriors will be solid up front with the return of their leading scorer, senior Mark Djurovski, a four-year varsity player.
Djurovski's absence against Anchor Bay - he couldn't play in the game because he was red-carded in the district final game- was a big factor in the Warriors' season-ending loss.
Rice will also be stout on defense with the return of seniors Josh VanCleef and Justin Iavarone.
The biggest hole to fill will be the one in goal, where the Warriors will have to replace one of the best goalies in state high school soccer history in Mike Timlin, who is now at DePaul. Brother Rice coach Jay Louis Prescott said there are five candidates to replace the three-time All-State Dream Team goalie and he believes somebody will fill the job and make his team a state title contender again.
"We've got some good players vying for the position, so as soon as we find someone, we'll be fine," he said.

5 Clarkston - After earning a trip to the state quarterfinals in Division 2 and finishing 7-3 in OAA Division II in 2001, the Wolves will make a quantum leap into Division I this year.
Fortunately for coach Dan Fitzgerald, he returns 10 players who should be a handful even for the likes of Adams, Rochester and Farmington to handle.
Clarkston will be dangerous up front with the return of senior All-State forward Sean Gardner, who had 21 goals and 15 assists last year.
A pair of talented sophomores will man the midfield in Mike Holoday, an All-State honorable mention last year, and all-district performer Mike Klemm.
Senior goalkeeper Tim Moyer, who had six shutouts last year, also returns to give the Wolves the luxury of having one of the county's best goalies.
"We should have a competitive team this year with eight starters and our top two substitutes returning from last years state quarterfinalist team," Fitzgerald said. We have moved up to OAA Division I (and) we expect that all our league games will be very tough."

6 Bloomfield Hills Lahser - Head coach Andy Wagstaff said this is the most skillful team he's had in his four years as coach, and that includes the team that won a state title in 1999.
The Knights, who lost 3-2 in overtime to Petoskey in a regional final last year, have eight returning starters back from 2001, headlined by senior midfielder Ryan Drutchas, junior defenseman Rob Ranney and senior goalie Brendan Reed, all of who are tri-captains.
Lahser figures to be strong in all areas with sophomore Bobby Casilou, who Wagstaff feels can win the Mr. Soccer award, and junior Albert Lynn up front and junior Robert Lynn and freshman Jesse Henderson joining Drutchas in the midfield.
Freshman Mike Casilou and junior Ryan Doyle will join Ranney on the backline on a team Wagstaff said the Knights will be as creative and entertaining as any team in the state.
"We may not win everything, but we'll be very attractive to watch," he said. "We've got a lot of good, skilled players."

7 Troy - The Colts will have to replace the loss of 10 seniors off last year's team, but those coming back are veteran performers that figure to keep coach Carlos Wheatley's squad in the hunt again this year.
Seniors Andrew Cox and Greg Larkin will anchor the midfield, while senior defenseman Mark Kolbe and senior goalkeeper Jason Lurie will make scoring for the opposition difficult. Junior Mike Wright should provide much of the scoring punch up front.
As to how far his team can go, Wheatley said it will just be a matter of his players staying healthy and focused.
"We have some good experience coming back, but those are the key ingredients," he said.

8 Troy Athens - The perennial power will once again be a factor in OAA Division I despite losing All-State performer Ryan Hodges to graduation.
As is normally the case with the Red Hawks, they will not rebuild but reload with seniors Jason Massoglia, Doug Ewald and Nick King headlining the attack. All three are versatile performers who head coach Tim Storch said can play either midfield or forward.
"I think we'll be a team that can compete with anybody," Storch said. "We're not willing to concede anything to Adams, Troy, Rochester, Farmington, Clarkston or whoever else. That's why you play the games."

9 Auburn Hills Avondale - With Clarkston moving up to OAA Division I and Birmingham Seaholm and Birmingham Groves losing key players to graduation, the Yellow Jackets figure to be Lahser's toughest competition in Division II with 13 seniors and seven starters returning.
It will be difficult for any opponent to score on Avondale with senior goalie and captain Goran Klijaic, a third-team All-State selection in Division 2 last year, returning in net.
Avondale coach Dave Muczynski also expects significant contributions from senior sweeper Mike Carter, senior midfielder Pato Margetic and sophomore midfielder Jermaine Walters.
"The last time we made a run (in the state tournament), we had 12 or 13 seniors and that's similar to what we have this year," Muczynski said. "We have a lot of kids who can play, so we're just going to be able to wear teams down."

10 Birmingham Detroit Country Day - The other county Yellowjackets were involved in a rebuilding mode last year but should reap the benefits this year with 10 players and seven starters returning to a team that lost to Madison Heights Bishop Foley in a district final.
Senior co-captains Chris McAlary, a goalie, and Dino Papatheoeoropoulos, a midfielder, headline a squad that consists of a strong junior class. Leading scorer B.J. Goodman is among the juniors returning along with midfielders Cory Cornutte, Justin Lakamper, Jeff Kusch and Adam Saulles.
The biggest weakness for Country Day will be on defense, where sophomore Jon Trotter is the lone returning starter.
"We've got some good defenders coming up from JV, but only time will tell if they develop," said Country Day head coach Paul Bartoshuk. "We should be a very good attacking team."

©The Oakland Press 2002

Oakland Press
Monday, August 26
Adams has highly-touted 1-2 punch (26 Aug 2002)
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Nathan Norman (3) & Simon Omekanda
By KEITH DUNLAP, Special to The Oakland Press

ROCHESTER HILLS - As far as pairs go, this is one that is seen in high school sports about as often as construction zones that do not cause traffic jams. Both were on a state championship team as freshmen. Both were All-State Dream Team selections last year as juniors. Both are nationally acclaimed players who have college scouts drooling. Unfortunately, there aren't many more chances to see them.

Simon Omekanda and Nathan Norman of Rochester Adams enter their senior seasons widely regarded as the two best players in the state, something that is rarely seen on the same team.

"They have something that a lot of kids don't have and that is they work hard all the time," Adams coach Juan Delgado said. "Not only are they talented kids, but they're extremely hard working kids and they're very good kids. You never get a problem from them attitude wise." Both have also lived and breathed soccer since they were youngsters, ignoring the temptations of more popular sports.

Omekanda was born in Morocco and lived in Belgium for nearly 10 years before moving to Michigan when he was 10. When he found out he was moving from soccer-mad Belgium to the U.S., which has about as much interest in soccer traditionally as a choirboy has in joining a heavy metal band, Omekanda was in search of another sport.

"In Belgium, nobody thought they played soccer here so I was actually looking for another sport to play," he said. "I came here and they were like 'Yeah, we got teams. So I was like, all right.'" About the only ones who wish Omekanda hadn't found out soccer actually was played in America are opposing coaches, as Omekanda had 30 goals and 12 assists last year and nearly became the first junior to ever win the Mr. Soccer award.

Omekanda is not a U.S. citizen, but he does play on a U.S. regional team for his age group in addition to playing on a travel soccer team and a professional development league team in Michigan. He has taken summer classes so he can graduate in January and start his college career in the spring, an endeavor he says will last one or two years before he turns pro.

Norman, who had 12 goals and 10 assists last year also is a transplant, moving to Michigan in the fifth grade after being born in Kansas and living in Colorado and Missouri.

In addition to playing on the same travel team as Omekanda, Norman is a member of the U.S. under-18 national team, which caused him to miss a lot of school last year due to trips with the team to France and Spain. The only glitch for Norman now is that he's recovering from a broken foot, which he suffered while playing for his travel team on June 1. The injury is expected to keep him out until mid-to-late September. Both Norman and Omekanda describe their games as a desire to attack and challenge the opposition one-on-one.

It is that similarity that Norman said made it hard for some to believe they could play together and share one ball on the field, a notion he said is nonsense. "When we want to, we can play together," he said. "When we're on club, we play together and we do great and stuff like that. We love playing together, I know that."

After a stunning 2-1 loss to Detroit U-D Jesuit in last year's state final in which Adams was an overwhelming favorite, both also have payback on their minds. "Our team now, which is not better than our team last year, is better than the team that beat us last year," said Omekanda, who's being recruited by Furman, Clemson, North Carolina, Penn State, Stanford and UCLA.

Norman, who will either attend Notre Dame, Virginia, Wake Forest, Indiana or Duke, has only one vision of how his high school career should end. "To win the state championship, that's all that really matters," he said.

Players to watch
1. Simon Omekanda, Rochester Adams
2. Nathan Norman, Rochester Adams
3. Kyle Pheiffer, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
4. Mark Djurovski, Birmingham Brother Rice
5. Matt Konopinski, Farmington
6. Ryan Dick, Rochester
7. Sean Gardner, Clarkston
8. Matt O' Kopney, Farmington
9. Josh Maniago, Rochester
10. Goran Klijaic, Auburn Hills Avondale

©The Oakland Press 2002

Free Press
Thursday, September 12
PREPS EXTRA: Pros, colleges calling soccer star (12 Sept 2002)
Simon, Ish, Brian, David, CJ
Simon & Jean Omekanda with Brian Mattoni (far right), Matt Gonzolas & CJ Szafir
September 12, 2002


After setting up Rochester Adams' first goal of the night with a perfect pass, senior forward Simon Omekanda receives a pass and makes a move to get past the nearest defender. One-on-one against a helpless goalie, Omekanda scores easily.

Following another assist and a Clarkston goal, Omekanda takes a pass 25 yards from the net. He fakes right, moves the ball to his left foot and fakes again. Then he sends a shot with his right foot screaming past the diving goalie and Adams' 4-1 victory is secure.

After watching him on the field, one can obviously see Omekanda is a gifted player -- he scored 11 goals in the Highlanders' first four games. But a little perspective is needed to appreciate his ability.

This fall, Saginaw's LaMarr Woodley, the top football player in the state, is fielding calls from college coaches across the country who want to offer him a scholarship.

Omekanda, 5-feet-7, 165 pounds, receives calls from college coaches, too. He has narrowed his list to Furman, Stanford, UCLA, North Carolina and Penn State, where his brother Paul is a freshman on the team.

But those aren't the only calls he is receiving soliciting his services.

"Agents from Europe call me," he said. "They want to take me over there and see if I can play there."

The agents want him to try professional soccer right now.

Last April, Omekanda spent a week in his native Belgium practicing with a professional team. Team officials didn't want him to return to the United States.

"He played with a Division I team," said his mother, Marie. "He could have stayed and played on the professional team in Belgium, but we wanted him to have an education."

As far as the professional teams in Belgium are concerned, Omekanda has had enough education. They didn't even want him to finish high school.

Omekanda is the state's top player and an elite player at the national level. He cannot compete for the national team only because he is not a United States citizen.

In a way, Omekanda might be the LeBron James of Michigan high school soccer. James is the phenom from Akron, Ohio, who many said would have been the No. 1 selection in last spring's NBA draft after his junior year of high school.

"Oh, I'm not that good," Omekanda said, laughing. "I know who he is. One of the players on my regional team goes to his school. They play their home games in the college's gym. I wouldn't be a top 10 pick in the MLS. I'd be taken in the second or third round."

Not bad for a youngster who won't turn 18 until Monday.

Omekanda was born in Morocco, but his family moved to Belgium when he was 3-months-old. His father, Avoki, went to Belgium to work on his doctoral degree in engineering and taught at a local university.

When his father was presenting research at an international conference in Paris, General Motors offered him a job in the United States. Avoki is now a research engineer for Delphi.

Like his three sons, Avoki was a talented player, but in Belgium you have to choose between professional soccer or education. Avoki chose education.

When his sons showed an interest in soccer at an early age, Avoki spent time showing them the finer points of the game.

"We have little nets in the basement and we have cones," said Omekanda, whose younger brother Jean is a sophomore starter on Adams' varsity. "I work on skills in the basement. Our sub is across from a park and we have 35 balls. I'll go over there and shoot. With my dad and two brothers, it's easy to get a practice going."

But Omekanda doesn't simply fire ball after ball at the net. He sets up cones and tries to place each shot at precise areas goalies have difficulty reaching.

He has been doing these drills since before he and his family, who speak French at home, moved to the United States in 1995. The boys adjusted quickly.

"They adapted so well," Marie said. "In three months, Simon was already talking English. He won math competition in middle school. For me it took one or two years to learn English. Simon is very social. He makes friends easily."

Television helped Omekanda learn to speak English fluently.

"I was excited to come here," he said. "You know, United States is big country. Everything is here like Disney World. Television shows were translated into French in Belgium, but not the opening songs."

Omekanda said "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," a television show starring Will Smith that aired from 1990-1996, was popular in Belgium.

"I used to say I wish I knew what they were saying in the opening song," he said. "Now I can sing the song."

The only thing that disappointed Omekanda about his move to the United States was his assumption that his soccer career was finished. He knew Americans played football, basketball and baseball, but he thought soccer didn't exist here.

"I was looking for another sport," he said. "But one day one of my friends told me they played soccer and asked me to try out for his team. I did and made it and it just took off from there."

Omekanda started for the Adams varsity in 1999, scoring 13 goals and helping the Highlanders capture the Division 1 state championship. He added 15 goals as a sophomore and that total ballooned to 29 as a junior.

"You always heard about this kid when he was younger," Adams coach Juan Delgado said. "He's very strong and very fast. He has a great knowledge of the game. He has very good skills and his first five steps are very quick. He's very fast with the ball at his feet."

Actually, Omekanda appears to have the ball attached to his foot as he moves up and down the field.

He weaves his way through a maze of defenders and this year he has improved his vision so much an open teammate is bound to receive a pass and a scoring opportunity.

At times, Omekanda seems to be toying with opponents. It is clear his skill is considerably better than other high school players.

That makes it harder for Omekanda to improve, but last summer he was the youngest member on the Mid-Michigan Bucks in the Professional Developmental League.

"I always push myself a little harder so I don't go down to their level," he said. "I get a lot of breakaways in high school. Everyone seems to be going slower to me. I don't want to sound cocky, but high school's not challenging."

There will be enough challenges ahead for Omekanda. He spent last summer attending school so he can graduate in January and start college immediately.

That will enable him to work with his college team in the spring -- months before the fall season -- and get a head start toward a degree in engineering so he can graduate early and move on to professional soccer.

"If Jason Williams and Mike Dunleavy can graduate early, so can I," said Omekanda, a 3.3 student, of the Duke basketball players who left for the NBA draft last spring.

The opportunity to play soccer while receiving a college education is a luxury no one is afforded in Belgium.

"The best part of being in this country is I can go to school and play soccer at the same time," Omekanda said. "If I was living in Europe I would have to quit one or the other. I look up to my father; he works hard every day. He chose education. Nothing says I'm going to make it.

"I don't know what my parents would have let me do if we stayed in Belgium. It's a big risk to play professional. It's a big decision, but now I'll never know."

Tuesday, September 17
Detroit News Rates Simon & Nathan the 2 Best in the State (17 Sept 2002)
Top players on offense
   John K. Schroder rates the top 10 offensive players in the Detroit area

   1. Simon Omekanda, Rochester Adams, senior, forward: He's quick and puts defenders on their heels, and he opens lanes for teammates.
   2. Nathan Norman, Rochester Adams senior, midfielder: A switch to his natural position from forward will make him a dominant offensive force if he can overcome a foot injury by late September.
   3. Nik Djokic, Livonia Stevenson, senior, forward: A quick sniper, he leads an experienced team.
   4. Brian Popeney, Plymouth Salem, senior, forward: He has a strong shot.
   5. Ryan Dick, Rochester, senior, forward: He looks forward to going out in style.
   6. Mark Djurovski, Birmingham Brother Rice, senior, forward: He's a constant threat.
   7. Besmir Bega, Grosse Pointe North, senior, forward: He must handle pressure to carry the Norsemen in their move up to Division 1.
   8. Matt Konopinski, Farmington, senior, forward: A speedy finisher, he will get a huge opportunity to excel in the tough OAA as Falcons as move to Division 1.
   9. B.J. Goodman, Detroit Country Day, junior, forward / midfielder: He's quick on offense, responsible on defense and a top player in Division 3.
   10. Ben Pirmann, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian, junior, midfielder: He shoots and passes with the best.

Tuesday, September 17
High School Soccer Rundown: U-D Jesuit faces tough task (17 Sep 2002)
Simon-16 Sept 2002
Simon Omekanda is a top candidate for Mr. Soccer
By John K. Schroder / Special to The Detroit News

   There was significant movement with several key teams moving up and down because of enrollment sizes during the off-season, and it has created some interesting scenarios while reshaping the landscape for boys play.

   Here's a look at the top teams in all four divisions.
Division 1

   Defending champion U-D Jesuit will need another Cinderella run and strong goaltending from Trevor Lyman if the Cubs are to repeat after losing eight starters.

   Four-year starter Josh Clark will settle the midfield, where Russell Schaefer will play a defensive role. Russell's freshman brother, John, could make the starting midfield lineup for Coach Kevin Tuite.

   Runner-up Rochester Adams has the top two Mr. Soccer candidates in Simon Omekanda (34 goals last year) and midfielder Nathan Norman (out until late September because of a broken foot). Midfielder Chris McGreevy is expected to move up from sweeper to fill Norman's role. The defense will be solid with Matt Stoebick and Jean Omekanda in back and Stefano Crescentini in goal.

   Look for an experienced Livonia Stevenson -- 14 seniors -- to be strong up the middle with forward Nik Djokic, midfielder Paul Johnson and central defender Jeff Wilson.

   Rochester lost three games last year -- all to league rival Adams -- and the Falcons will challenge if they can remain healthy. Senior forward Ryan Dick will start his fourth season, but injuries have limited him to one full season. The Falcons need his scoring. A core of seniors includes Josh Maniago, Ryan Omillion and Lalo Nespolo. The Falcons also have Adam Brent, a transfer from U-D, and sophomores Chase Tennant and Ben Gearhart.
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Friday, March 1

GIRLS SEASON - Spring 2002

preseason team pic
Pre-season Team Pic - Varsity Team

Coach Juan Delgado & Coach Ken Hernandez

Head Coach- Juan Delgado 3rd Year
Tryouts are March 11-15 at Adams High School from 3:15-5:15, please bring a physical.

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Pre-season Team Pic - 2002 JV Team

Head Coach- Brian Fitzgerald 3rd Year
Tryouts   March 11-15

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Pre-season Team Pic - Freshman Team

2002 Girls Season Preview

Sunday, March 17
Varsity Scrimmage a Success
Our Varsity and some J.V. players travelled to Utica Ford II for a scrimmage. In the first half we got a goal from Emily Walainis and one from Megan Salina to go up 2-0. Gill had one assist on a corner kick. The second half we withstood some Ford pressure, but still came out with the shut out. Walainis added a late goal for a 3-0 win. Jodie Thomas and Krista Hadel played in both goals, one half each for Ford and Adams. They both played well, and made some nice saves in the process.

NEXT MATCH-District 2nd round:Th 30 May 5:00pm at Eisenhower
opponent: Eisenhower High School
mascot:   Eagles
colors:   Blue & Silver

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Saturday, April 13
Stormy Weather
storm upon the highlands
It rained and it stormed upon the highlands with much vehemence and bluster. Animals of the wood took refuge, childern cried for their mothers, and grown men could be found hiding under tables and sucking their thumbs.

The match originally scheduled for 12 April against Notre Dame Prep was cancelled due to inclement weather. We tried to play. But the skies became dark & angry. Lightning killed the scoreboard, the press box was blown over and landed on the other side of Teinken, and 2 or 3 players from each team were swept away with the driving rain and have not been found or heard from since.

The animals will return, the press box will be rebuilt, the match will be rescheduled... the players may or may not be found.

Tuesday, April 9
Strong Start; Adams 5 - Lake Orion 1
Adams controlled the whole game in the first half for both teams. Scoring for Adams was Caitlin Gill and Emily Tyler with each a goal and an assist. Erin Ashenfelter added two assist and the other goals were by Julie Duda, Emily Walainis and Holly Adams. The goalie duties where shared by Jodie Thomas and Krista Hadel. Lake Orions goal came on a direct kick from outside the 20 in the second half.

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Thursday, April 11
LAST RESULT: Adams 2, Seaholm 1
Adams won there first league game tonight with goals from Holly Adams and Megan Salina. Caitlin Gill set up the 1st goal two minutes into the match with an excellent corner kick from the left side of goal. Holly, going strong to the ball, beat everybody and headed it directly into goal. At the 9th minute, an insightful thru ball played by Emily Walainis left Megan 1v1 against her defender who then finished her scoring opportunity with flair, making it 2-0. Seaholm drew back to within one goal shortly before the first half expired, but Adams were able to prevent the equalizer in a scoreless 2nd half. Jodie Thomas and Krista Hadel split goalkeeper duties. The Highlanders are now 2-0.

Tuesday, April 16
Tough Night for Adams
The game was much more competitive than the final 5-1 score indicates. Taking a 1-1 tie into halftime the Highlanders came out strong and put extreme pressure on the Knights goal the 1st 15-20 minutes of the 2nd. But 3 balls off the goalpost and some stingy goalkeeping allowed Lahser to weather the storm. And then once the momentum, shifted their way, several goals ensued and it kind of snowballed from there.

Adams’ goal was scored on a brilliant finish by Emily Walainis. Catlin Gill set up the goal with a strong cross to the far post and a strong supporting run by senior Gretchen Stubenvoll was just as instrumental in splitting the attention of the defense and allowing Emily the opportunity for the finish.

Monday, May 6
Freshman Report: Unlucky Day for Highlanders
The Highlanders played a great second half but could not over come the 1-4 deficit they acquired in the first half. Lake Orion started the scoring in the first 5 minutes of the game. The Highlanders answered back on a goal from Katelyn McFadden when she put in a rebound off a shot from Megan Wilson. The Highlanders had a breakdown in defense at the close of the first half and allowed Lake Orion to put in a couple goals to make the score 1-4. The Highlanders came back the second half to put the pressure on. They scored off of a free kick from Rachel James at the beginning of the second half. They kept the pressure on for the rest of the game, but were unable to capitalize.

Saturday, May 4
Freshman Report: McFadden Leads Scoring
Katelyn McFadden had a great day ending with a goal and an assist. McFadden started off the scoring in the first half on a shot off a pass from Margie Hannahan. Grand Blanc didn't have in a chance when Stephanie Blincow scored the second goal on a pass from McFadden.

Friday, April 26
Freshman Report: McCabe Leads Freshman to First Win
The freshman post their first win from a game winning goal by Marissa McCabe with only 10 minutes left in the game. McCabe put in a rebound off a shot by forward Rachel Long. Stephanie Blincow finished off the scoring from a nice pass by Nicole Washington.

Friday, May 10
Freshman Report: Frosh Come from Behind to Tie
The freshman team on Friday played rival, Clarkston to a 3-3 tie. Adams started off the scoring on a beautiful goal from Stephanie Blincow in the first 5 minutes of the game. Clarkston came back and scored 3 unanswered goals to send the Highlanders into halftime down two goals. The second half was all Adams. Nicole Washington scored a nice goal halfway through the first half and Kelly Robbins tied the game with one minute left on a free kick from outside the eighteen. A great played by Marissa McCabe, Katelyn McFadden and Margie Hannahan, who debuted in goal.

LAST RESULT: Adams 4, Lake Orion 3
from the Michigan Soccer Net:
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Adams 4 - Lake Orion 3 (2OT)

The Rochester Adams Highlanders overcame a poor start and very solid play by Lake Orion to defeat the Dragons in double overtime 4-3 Wednesday night in a girls district game. Lake Orion scored first on a goal by Andrea Crimando. Adams tied the score on a goal by forward Megan Salina, assisted by senior Gretchen Stubenvoll. Lake Orion answered with two goals by Shelly Marick. Trailing 3-2 with eight minutes left in regulation, the Highlanders knotted the score at three apiece on two goals by junior forward Mary Whitt. The teams remained tied at the end of the first fifteen minute overtime. Both teams had their chances in the second overtime until Adams mid-fielder Caitlin Gill and senior Megan Salina combined on a defense-splitting pass from Gill, that Salina took around a defender and drilled into the back of the net. Solid goal keeping performances were displayed by Adams' Holly Adams and Meggie Smith, both called upon to play goalie when the Highlanders' regular goalies was unable to start.
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Oakland Press
Thursday, May 30
By: STAFF WRITERS, Of The Oakland Press
* Rochester Adams 4, Lake Orion 3 (2OT) - At Rochester Hills in a District 11 game, Megan Salina scored three goals, including the game winner seven minutes into the second overtime for Adams (7-8-3), which will play at Eisenhower today in a district semifinal game at 5 p.m. Mary Whitt added a goal for Adams. Holly Adams and Meggie Smith combined to get the win in net for Adams.