BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
Lady Kickers finished last Friday’s game on a streak going five games undefeated with a 2-1 win over Farmington.
Senior Maddy Dooling scored both times in each half for the Clarkston Girls Varsity Soccer team with senior Jessica Bennett assisting both times.
“Good performances from everybody,” Damian Huffer, head coach, reflected on how the girls have been doing this season. “It was complemented by good goal keeping from Kristen Page. She hasn’t had much saves and that is a testament on how well the girls are doing, especially defense. They seem to be shutting down a lot of the teams.”
Defense kept Farmington from scoring until late in the the second half with ten minutes remaining in the game.
They also defeated Royal Oak on May 2, 1-0, with the lone goal from freshman Rielee Fetty after Bennett had been fouled.
Bennett and sophomore Michaela Rodriguez attempted to widen the gap with shots on goal but they missed their mark.
“It took us a while to get used to the grass field because we are at the junior high now,” said Huffer. “It was pretty hard in the game against Royal Oak, which wasn’t our best result. The grass was definitely a factor, but then on Friday they played a lot better and controlled the game against Farmington. We probably should have won by more. We had a two point lead and we were comfortable with possession. They put a little bit of pressure on us.”
The Lady Wolves are nine games into the season and Huffer added they are definitely performing as well as he hoped.
“It’s really hard to continue to get the girls to develop,” he said. “It’s really helpful to have training sessions. We had a training session last week just as a refresher and it really seemed to make a difference in Friday’s game. This week we have Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday to prepare and reinforce what we are teaching. They are only going to continue to improve.”
The Lady Wolves (4-2-3, 3-0 OAA White) opened the week against Bloomfield Hills.
“They are probably one of the better teams around,” said Huffer. “They are a really strong team so it will be an indication of how well we are playing. It will be a real test to show us where we are at. As long as it’s competitive that’s all I can ask for.”
They head to Oxford on Thursday looking for a win after previously tying to the Wildcats.
“A win could put us in the driver’s seat to win the division, which is good,” said Huffer. “The girls are excited and working hard. I couldn’t ask for more. We will have to see what the week brings.”
He added over the next three weeks the team will play three games a week before they go into district playoffs.
“It will be a hectic schedule, keeping people fit is going to be paramount and key for us to have a run at district,” Huffer said.
They are at Berkley on Saturday at 1 p.m. and head to Lapeer next Tuesday. JV plays at 5:30 p.m., varsity follows.
BY WENDI REARDON PRICE