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Notre Dame's Timko and Klei provide Fighting Irish with potent 1-2 scoring punch

  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep senior Taylor Timko (22) is fast approaching 100 goals for her career. She and teammate Lindsey Klei form one of the most potent offensive duos in Oakland County. (The Oakland Press file photo)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep's Lindsey Klei (16), shown here settling the ball down during her team's 6-2 win over Auburn Hills Avondale last week, picked up an assist in the win. (The Oakland Press file photo)
  • Taylor Timko (22), Pontiac Notre Dame Prep. (The Oakland Press file photo)
  • Lindsey Klei (16), Pontiac Notre Dame Prep. (The Oakland Press file photo)
  • Taylor Timko (22), Pontiac Notre Dame Prep. (The Oakland Press file photo)
  • Lindsey Klei (16), Pontiac Notre Dame Prep. (The Oakland Press file photo)
  • Taylor Timko (22), Pontiac Notre Dame Prep. (The Oakland Press file photo)
  • Lindsey Klei (16), Pontiac Notre Dame Prep. (The Oakland Press file photo)
PONTIAC – Early in the season, coaches don’t always know what their teams will be like. But Pontiac Notre Dame Prep coach Jim Stachura knows one thing for certain – all state attackers Taylor Timko and Lindsey Klei will score plenty of goals for the Fighting Irish this year.

“After four years, I finally get them as seniors,” Stachura said. “Any time you have a player that can change a game with one touch, it’s great. And I’m fortunate to have two that I believe can do that.”

The two seniors are a blend of contrasting styles and they seem to have fun with that. “Lindsey’s the strong one,” Timko said. “She’s the fast one,” Klei added. Both of them said, smiling. “They’re very good and for everything that Taylor does with speed and finesse, Lindsey is pretty much the exact opposite. She’s more the brawn, the turning, the battling in front, receiving the ball,” Stachura said.

Whether it’s Klei starting the play with a back to the goal post up and turn or Timko flying down the sideline, the ball seems to find its way to one or both of them each time Notre Dame gains possession. And the results are consistently impressive.

Friends away from the field, the two seniors seem more focused on the team than their individual accomplishments. They could remember almost exactly how many goals they scored as a duo, but neither could remember their individual totals.

Last year, Klei and Timko combined to score 51 goals and helped lead the team to the Division 3 title game. This year, the duo picked right up where they left off last year, combining for four goals in Notre Dame’s opener against Troy and four more against Avondale on Thursday.

For her career, Timko is closing in on the century mark, a number that few soccer players, male or female, get to. “She’s got 93 now. We’re kind of keeping that look out for 100. It’s real tough mark to make. We don’t want to look too far ahead, but I’m guessing she’ll get there somewhere in the next couple of weeks,” Stachura said. “It’ll be a huge accomplishment for her, and on our side of it. It’s a great thing to have her in the program.” He added that, “Lindsey has scored a lot of goals here too, and we’re happy to have both of them. It’s going to be tough to replace them both next year.”

Playing with a partner who can score and whose skills complement each other only seems to make them both better. “Lindsey’s the best,” Timko said. “I think we work really well together up top, passing the ball and making runs off of defenders. I think other teams, if sometimes they’re looking at Lindsey, they’ll mark her and then I’ll be open. And then sometimes they’ll stay with me, and mark me, and she’ll be open. It’s a good duo, I think.”

“We can really read each other’s minds and know where we’re going,” Klei said.

“If you take one off the field, it makes the other one easier to defend,”Stachura said.

Another thing they both have in common is high expectations for this season. “I think we want to get right back to where we were last year (the state final),” Timko said.

“We want to finish it this time,” Klei added.

Last Updated: 4/6/2014 8:07:17 PM EST

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