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October 31, 2013

Most successful season in decades ends in regional final for Clawson soccer

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Most successful season in decades ends in regional final for Clawson soccer
Nathan Cote, right, battles for the ball with a Lumen Christi player during the regional semifinal. Clawson eventually ended its season in a regional final loss.

Losses at this point in the season come with a little extra sting.

So much rides on every shot, with emotions teetering between devastation and elation.

For Clawson High soccer coach Jared Kullman, experiencing a little of both was the way 2013 came to a close.

“It hurts to lose at this stage, a lot,” Kullman said after Clawson’s 2-1 overtime loss to Macomb Lutheran North in an Oct. 25 regional final at Farmington High. “But you can’t look at it as something where we should hang our heads or anything. These guys have so much to be proud of. We won a league, a district and had a shot at a regional title. … They did so much, and in the end, and once the sadness goes away, they will see this for what it was.”

Clawson claimed the program’s first district title in 18 years, and then captured the first regional-round win in program history, according to Kullman, with a 1-0 victory against Jackson Lumen Christi.

In the final, Lutheran North led with less than three minutes remaining in regulation when Andrew Hasley, who scored the winner in the semifinal, tied the game at 1-1.

Lutheran North scored the only goal in overtime.

“It was a real close game, back and forth the whole time,” Kullman said. “We didn’t do much in the first half, but in the second, we put some more pressure on them. We stuck with our game plan and found a way to tie the game. We just couldn’t get that extra one when we needed it.”

Clawson ends its season 16-7-0.

“It was a great run,” Kullman said of the year. “We thought this could be a different year, and when we started to play the way we needed to, we saw what that meant. … It was a great building year for this program. We’ve never been in games like this before, but now we have that experience to fall back on. This season shows what this program can really be about.”

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