St. Clair ShoresOctober 25, 2013
Lake Shore boys soccer team wins program's first regional title
By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer
ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore boys soccer team knows all about being on the losing end of regional finals after falling in Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 regional finals in 2011 and 2012.
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 of Lake Shore boys soccer players captured the first D-2 regional title in program history.
"I guess the third time was the charm," said Lake Shore coach Dave Lount, in his 14th year with the program. "It's an awesome feeling. I'm so proud of these guys."
The Shorians (15-4-2) notched what would prove to be the game-winning goal less than five minutes into the contest as senior midfielder/forward Joey Podsiadly took a pass from junior midfielder/defenseman Sam Ambe 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.
Shorians senior midfielder/forward Nick Smigielski added another score with 12:46 remaining in the second half to give Lake Shore a 2-0 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 fastpaced 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 will face the winner of a Linden/East Lansing matchup at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at Fenton High.
The Shorians have outscored five opponents 16-0 so far this postseason.
Trenton coach Micheal Hatfield said he believed his team still had a great shot in the match even after getting down early. He said his team, which finished the season 18-5, had possession of the ball for 22 minutes in the first half.
"The boys were nervous at first, so i had to tell them to get over that and stay calm," Hatfield said. "We kind of took it to (Lake Shore). Their first goal came because we were pressing, to be fair. We were really close to getting possession and being one-on-one with their keeper."