BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
Kickers posted their first win in the OAA Red over North Farmington on Sept. 12, 2-1.
“It was good,” said Clarkston Boys Varsity Soccer Head Coach Ian Jones, adding they have been close. “But we haven’t really had the bounce of the ball or control of the game.”
The Wolves were down 1-0 going into the second half. Junior Ethan Wise scored off a penalty kick to even the score. Senior Maclain Zaremba broke the tie with his goal.
“The moment we scored it was very controlled,” Jones said. “I am happy with the way they are playing. The results haven’t been the greatest so far, but the style of play and what we are trying to achieve is really starting to click. Hopefully as we move on more results occur. Obviously, continue to play good soccer and keep the ball on the ground. So far it’s looking promising for the future.”
He added the win showed the players to continue doing what they are doing and they will get a win.
“We are asking them to play a style of soccer that is renowned in high school – keep the ball and dominate possession,” Jones said. “To teach them that it takes a while for it to fully click. We have seen moments and spells in games of dominating but not quite follow through and get the win. The more they play, the more dominate they become in possession. Then, hopefully long term or short term, depending on how you look at it they go into playoffs seeing they can control these games and hopefully go on a really good run.”
The boys lost to Rochester Adams on Sept. 11, 2-1.
“It was a similar game to North Farmington,” Jones said. “The first half we dominated the game. We didn’t take advantage of that, and if you don’t take advantage of being on top you are susceptible to being hit. The second half, Adams came out strong and got a goal lead. The game became a bit broken from the standpoint we didn’t have control like we have been. We came back and ran out of time.”
Maclain scored the lone goal against Rochester Adams.
“It is important for the boys to know what they are doing is right and not to panic when they are a goal down which has been an issue,” Jones said. “When they have been a goal down they, have been a bit panicked the last couple of weeks and then it breaks down. They need to know even if they don’t capitalize being dominate it will come which was the difference between Adams and North Farmington.
Jones added they found out on Friday the Wolves will play Waterford Kettering in the first round of district playoffs, beginning Oct. 15. The winner will play the Stoney Creek/Waterford Mott winner in the second round.
The Wolves (1-6-2) tied Lakeland on Monday, 1-1. They head to Stoney Creek on Thursday. They host Berkley on Tuesday. JV plays at 5:30 p.m., varsity follows.
BY WENDI REARDON PRICE