By Wendi Reardon Price
Clarkston News Sports Writer
LAKE ORION – Kickers celebrated a 2-1 victory over the Dragons at the Lake Orion Soccer Stadium on Friday.
“It was a good test tonight against a really good team,” said Clarkston Girls Varsity Soccer Head Coach Damian Huffer.
Junior Emerson Wood scored the first goal for Clarkston with 26 minutes remaining in the first half with a shot into the corner of the net.
The Wolves second goal game 17 minutes later from junior Micaela Hohlbein.
“It was a pretty good performance. First off, we scored the two goals and could have maybe had three by half time,” Huffer said. “We restricted them to a lot of long balls and shots from a distance. We really had control.”
Senior Annebelle Yeloushan made three saves in the net in the last seven minutes of the first half as Lake Orion made attempts to get onto the board before the half closed.
“The message with her was to control her box and it was just a higher style,” Huffer said. “Her position was much more higher today and as a result she claimed everything she needed to in the box. She was a dominating, controlling force. She gave the back four confidence. She is always vocal. She is always a leader and a great kid. “
Huffer added at half time the momentum changed.
“We had to weather a bit of the storm they got a goal back and looked quite dangerous,” he said. “But the good thing tonight was just game management with about 20 minutes to go with a little bit of pressure we got the ball down and almost scored the third. It was a physical contest. Lake Orion is really good team. We know how prepared they are and know they are going to be a handful for everyone in districts as well. They are really well coached. It was a good battle back and forth. Like I have said you need a little bit of luck to win these games and finally we are starting to get a bit smart on how to see games out and get passed. These games this time last year could have been a tie. It’s a sign of a young team who is learning all the time.”
The Wolves lost to Notre Dame Prep on Thursday, 2-0.
“It was almost a game of two halves where they scored early,” said Huffer. “They were the good team in the first half. In the second half we switched a few things around and we had some really good chances. It was just not enough to get the result.”
They beat West Bloomfield on Tuesday, May 3, 8-0.
“It’s a great group of girls,” said Huffer. “They keep on working hard. We are finding different ways to win which is good. They are learning all the time.”
The Wolves (8-3-1) opened the week against Oxford on May 10. They host Waterford Mott on Friday during Senior Night and Youth Soccer Night.
During Youth Soccer Night, kids wearing a soccer shirt will get free admission. There are prizes and shots on the goalkeeper for a free hot dog.
The Wolves are home on Thursday, May 19 when they host Rochester Adams. JV begins at 5:30 p.m., varsity follows.
By Wendi Reardon Price