Lady Kickers open season with boost in first half

The Clarkston Girls Varsity Soccer team opened the season with a 2-0 loss at home against Midland Dow, March 28.
“Overall I was really delighted with the way they played,” said Damian Huffer, head coach. “We just didn’t get the result their performance deserved. Midland only and three shots on target and scored twice. We probably had 15.”
The Lady Wolves had a few close opportunities in the first half including one from junior Elle Vondette as she broke out of Clarkston’s turf and into Midland Dow’s territory. She took a shot on the net with it stopped by the goalie.
With nine minutes to go in the half, senior Chrysoula Kondyles made another attempt for Clarkston and it missed its mark going to the side.
“The second half was a little bit more even,” said Huffer. “Based on really having a full week of practice outdoors to work on things – it was a really good performance based on what we were able to achieve.”
Midland Dow scored twice in the second half to win the game.

Anna Lebourdais and Katie Schrei block Midland Dow from closing in on the net during the first half of the Lady Wolves game on March 28. Photo by Wendi Reardon Price
Anna Lebourdais and Katie Schrei block Midland Dow from closing in on the net during the first half of the Lady Wolves game on March 28. Photo by Wendi Reardon Price

Huffer added it will be a fun season to watch especially for his first season at the helm.
“About 80-90 percent of the girls have played for me at some point,” he said, adding it makes it a smooth transition not just for him but the players. “They already understand how I want to play. I try to coach to every player in the system – get everybody involved in the game. Everybody attacks and everybody defends.”
He added some of his goals include putting the fun back into soccer and being as competitive as possible.
Look for more about the season in an upcoming edition of The Clarkston News.
The Lady Wolves come back from break with two away games as they head to Oxford on Tuesday and Royal Oak on Thursday, April 13. JV begins a 5:30 p.m., varsity follows.
~Sports Writer Wendi Reardon Price