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September 4, 2013

First soccer team in BHH history looks to set the bar as high as possible

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Brady Goldstein (20) battles for the ball with Groves’ Jack Mansueti. With the combination of Lahser and Andover this summer, Bloomfield Hills High is in its first season of boys soccer.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — There will be plenty to come after, but none have come before.

And that’s the somewhat awkward but truly special thing about 2013 and the first-ever Bloomfield Hills High boys soccer team.

Two schools converged to one.

Old rivals now on the same roster with the same goals in mind.

So far, so good.

“This is the strongest team I’ve ever had,” said coach Dougie MacAulay, who spent the past five years coaching Lahser. He faced many of the same guys he’s now in charge of in games against Andover.

“The talent pool to choose from was like something I haven’t had before,” he added. “And we look real good so far.”

The Blackhawks were 3-1 at press time, having gone 3-0 and laying claim to the Detroit Country Day season-opening tournament.

“One of the coolest things is being the first team,” said senior Ethan Garcia, who was at Lahser last year. “That Country Day tournament was the first trophy this school has ever won, and to have the support of everyone and do that with this team was pretty special.”

“I feel like the chemistry is already very good,” said Ben Kileen, previously of Andover. “Even though it’s only been a month, you can see how we’re playing together and how much talent there really is.”

MacAulay echoed his players’ statements on the current cohesiveness everyone seems to enjoy.

But it certainly took some effort to get to that point.

“We did a lot of work over the summer, working with just players, and the awkwardness kind of got out of the way then,” Kileen explained. “By the time tryouts started, I think we stopped seeing each other as guys from a different school, but instead just guys on our team.”

“It was different, something to get used to,” Garcia said of the summer work. “Maybe not as weird as I thought, but it was something to adjust to. … Now, it feels like we’ve all been on the same team and at the same school all along.”

MacAulay was especially impressed with the way his guys played at Country Day.

This came just a few days after playing in, and winning, a preseason tournament in Petoskey.

“The goal for the season was to start well, establish what we have going here, and with our depth, I think we have a chance to do well in everything,” MacAulay said. “I’m excited about this team and what its potential really is.”

The Blackhawks will play league games in the Oakland Activities Association White Division this fall.

“A tough league,” MacAulay said. “Some very good teams to battle. Hopefully, the way we started kind of sets the tone for the whole season.”

“We believe we can make a run at states, but there has to be a focus and a mindset that we can beat anyone we play, and they can beat us,” Garcia said. “But the potential is here. This is one of the best teams I’ve ever been on.”

And most unique.

“This is a team that gets to set the standards very high for this program,” Kileen said. “We’re the first team ever here, and we want to make the most of it.”

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