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Lake Shore's Cam Bastien (4) goes up to control the ball.(The Macomb Daily/DAVID DALTON)

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SOCCER: Lake Shore gets ready for regionals

Shorians will face Cranbrook-Kingswood Wednesday

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The biggest question mark facing Lake Shore’s boys soccer team heading into regionals is which keeper will get the start?

The Shorians lost starter Luke Warrick after he ruptured a kidney in practice just two games into the season.

Senior Kyle Kretschmer took over and has recorded nine of Lake Shore’s 11 shutouts this season.

Warrick is back healthy and if practice goes well Tuesday he’ll be the starter according to coach Dave Lount.

“It’s a tough one, but Luke has been there before,” Lount said. “If he’s full speed and we think he’s ready to go he’ll start. If he practices well and isn’t rusty he’ll go.”

Kretschmer will see action on the field.

“He can play pretty much anywhere,” Lount said. “He’s our utility guy. He does a good job anywhere we put him.”

Lount is hoping the third time will be a charm for his Shorians squad at regionals.

Each of the last two seasons, Lake Shore fell in a Division 2 regional final and both times the loses came on the road and either at or near their opponent’s home turf.

If Lake Shore reaches a third consecutive regional final, the game will be played at Lake Shore.

“I’m sure playing on our home field will be an advantage for us,” Lount said. “It will be nice to have all our fans there.”

The Shorians (14-5-2) have a rematch of last year’s regional final with Cranbrook-Kingswood, Wednesday at 5 p.m.

“They’re a very technical team,” Lount said of the Cranes, who beat Lake Shore 1-0 in the 2012 regional final. “When they have a chance to finish they tend to put it in the back of the net. We don’t want to give them too many chances and control the ball if we can.”

The Shorians have 13 seniors back from last year’s team, including Mike Swarthout, Sam Ambee, Mike DeMara, Joey Podsiadly, Cody Lory and Matt Swarthout.

“As long as we play at a high level we have a good chance,” Lount said.

Mike Swarthout leads the team with goals, while Podsiadly has 13 assists.

“We had lots of speed up top last year,” Lount said. “I think we control the ball better this year. We’re still quick, but we possess more this year. I think that makes us better and we’ve been better defensively.”

Lount does have concerns about his team’s inability of late to find the back of the net.

“We have to play better than we did our last couple of games,” Lount said. “We got away with it. We had a lot of chances, but couldn’t finish.”

Cranbrook-Kingswood, which reached the state semifinals in 2009, has scored 11 goals in three district wins. Senior John Whiting is the team’s leading scorer with 22 goals and 15 assists this season, while sophomore Jack Christides has 16 goals and 10 assists.

Hamtramck and Trenton play in the other semifinal, Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The regional final is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m.

Last Updated: 10/21/2013 8:19:25 PM EST