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April 24, 2013

LCN girls soccer hopes to re-establish winning tradition

By Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writer

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LCN girls soccer hopes to re-establish winning tradition
L’Anse Creuse North goalie Victoria Maniaci prepares to kick the ball in a game against Fraser High earlier this season. Maniaci has committed to play for Miami University.

Last season, L’Anse Creuse North’s girls soccer team had an overall record of 4-12-5 (1-6-1 in the MAC White).

According to coach Scott Boice, it was the Crusaders’ worst league record since he took over the program in 2001.

He has no intention of continuing that trend. Since taking over the program, according to Boice, LCN has an overall record of 138-76-28 (at press time), and has won both league and district championships.

Boice would like to re-establish that standard of success, and he believes he has a group in place that would like to help create some positive memories of their own.

“It’s not so much that they realize the success of recent years as much as they want to be successful,” he said. “They want to win. They want it, as well.”

Boice is encouraged by some of what he has seen thus far.

At press time, LCN was 2-1-1 in the MAC White (5-3-1 overall), already surpassing its league win total from last season. The Crusaders have 20 girls on their roster, which Boice said is the largest team he’s ever carried. He credits the depth on the squad, at least in part, as a reason for the team’s improved record.

“It offers a lot of opportunity for other girls to get in and help out, as well as have coverage at positions,” he said.

Along with a roster that includes five freshmen (Jessica Driscoll, Nicolette Vultaggio, Riley Janssen, and Tara and Kayla Roodbeen), the Crusaders also take to the field with some veteran presence. LCN has 10 returning players from last season, including captains Carson Janssen, Paige Thompson and goalie Victoria Maniaci, who has committed to play for Miami University.

Boice is hopeful that they can help put LCN in position to contend for a league championship.

“This is where we belong, where we should be fighting for league titles,” he said. “If we’re not winning them, we should be right up there. Even in the good years, there was some second-place finishes, but at least we were one of the teams that was up there fighting at the end.

“This is how L’Anse Creuse North girls soccer is supposed to be.”

The Crusaders take on Utica High at 6:30 p.m. April 29 at Utica.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Mark Vest at mvest@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1112. Twitter Follow Mark on Twitter.