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Madison Heights Lamphere falls to L'Anse Creuse North WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Lamphere High School soccer hosted L'Anse Creuse North on Thursday, May 15. Daily Tribune Photo/LIZ CARNEGIE
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  • Lamphere head coach, Mike Joa, talks with a team member during the game. Daily Tribune Photo/LIZ CARNEGIE
  • Tori Janas (#1), freshman midfielder for L'Anse Creuse North. Daily Tribune Photo/LIZ CARNEGIE
  • L'Anse Creuse North soccer coach, ScottBoice, watches his team from the sidelines. Daily Tribune Photo/LIZ CARNEGIE
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  • Scott Boice (l) and Mike Joa discuss the game. Daily Tribune Photo/LIZ CARNEGIE
MADISON HEIGHTS — It was a loss for Coach Mike Joa and his Lamphere girls soccer team.

On Thursday, the Rams fell to L’Anse Creuse North 6-0 in a MAC White Division game played in Madison Heights.

For the visiting Crusaders, Kayla Roodbeen had two goals and two assists; Mya Oleksiak had two goals and one assist; while Nicolette Vultaggio and Ashley Johnson also had goals.

A loss probably sounds redundant to some as Lamphere fell to 2-10-2 on the season.

But anyone who bothers to take more than a passing glance at the Rams realize how young the team is. Coach Joa, in his first year with Lamphere, inherited a program that counts 17 freshmen among the 35 players who populate both the varsity and junior varsity roster. Four of those ninth graders are on the varsity team.

Lamphere lost 10 seniors to graduation from its outstanding 2013 team. Four of them went on to play in college. Last year’s squad finished second in the highly competitive MAC White, trailing only Anchor Bay.

Joa previously coached high school soccer in both Bloomfield Hills and Royal Oak. He also has extensive club coaching experience.

“Everybody plays on our team,” said Joa. “As a coach, I constantly try to keep things light. You do not want to yell and criticize young players constantly. We do have some winnable games, so I have the girls try to focus on them.”

Captain Alexis Hilliard, a senior center midfielder, will play at Saginaw Valley next year.

“Alexis is our heart and soul. She has good instincts as a captain and a leader. Her attitude is good, and she realizes her job has changed from last year. This is a very young team and Alexis knows that,” said the coach.

The other captains are senior defender Brianna Holt and Katie Maddox, a senior center midfielder.

“This is a good group of kids. They all have good attitudes. Everybody gets along. The older players realize the difference from last year, but they have all been good about it.”

Lamphere plays at L’Anse Creuse at 6 p.m., Friday.

Last Updated: 5/15/2014 11:05:49 PM EST

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