St. Clair ShoresNovember 6, 2013
Lake Shore boys soccer team wins program’s first regional title, falls in state semis
By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer
ST. CLAIR SHORES — Going into the 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 state boys soccer playoffs, the St. Clair Shores Lake Shore boys soccer team had played in the last two D-2 regional finals, coming out on the short end each time.
After a 2-0 win over Trenton High Oct. 25 at Lake Shore, the Shorians now know how it feels to win a regional title, as this group became the first Shorians boys soccer team in program history to do so.
“I guess the third time was the charm,” said Lake Shore coach Dave Lount, in his 13th year with the program, following the regional final. “It’s an awesome feeling. I’m so proud of these guys.”
Lake Shore’s run came to an end in a 1-0 loss to East Lansing in a semifinal played Oct. 30 at Fenton High. The one goal scored by East Lansing in the state semi is the only score Lake Shore allowed in its postseason run. The Shorians tallied 16 goals in six postseason games.
It was a good time for Lake Shore to make its run, as the Shorians will lose 13 players from the regional champion to graduation, including captains Joey Podsiadly, Michael Swarthout and Mike DeMara.
“I’m proud of the past players who came out to watch us on the run, and it means a lot to them, too,” Lount said.
Lount reflected about his time with the program, saying the first couple of years were tough. After that short, tough stretch, Lount’s teams have finished above .500 in each of the last 11 seasons.
Lount guided the Shorians to Macomb Area Conference Division title in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012. Lake Shore finished in second place in divisional play four other times.
Lake Shore (15-5-2) in its regional final notched what would prove to be the game-winning goal less than five minutes into the contest as senior midfielder/forward Podsiadly took a pass from junior midfielder/defenseman Sam Ambe, looking to simply clear the ball out of Lake Shore’s end, and went nearly the length of the field for a score with 35:02 left in the first half to give Lake Shore a 1-0 lead.
That score came as a bit of a surprise after Trenton had three corner kicks in the first five minutes of the contest.
Shorians senior midfielder/forward Nick Smigielski added another score with 12:46 remaining in the second half to give Lake Shore a 2-0 lead that would stand for the remainder of the contest. Senior midfielder/defenseman Josh Scott assisted on the score.
“It really was funny because we were a little nervous in the first half where we couldn’t settle down. Our game was too fast-paced the entire first half,” Lount said. “In the second half, we were able to settle down, and that’s when that second goal came. Once we settled down, we controlled most of the play.”
Lake Shore senior goalkeeper Luke Warrick likened the team to a family, following regionals. He said every player on the Shorians’ roster gives maximum effort each time they step on the field.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better team,” Warrick said.