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  • Birmingham Roeper senior Max Wipple (w/ball) is taking his Roughriders into the Division 4 state boys soccer finals on the strength of his Oakland County-leading 46 goals (Oakland Press file photo).

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TROY – Soccer goalies far and wide will be letting out huge sighs of relief this weekend after the Division 4 state finals is over with.

That’s because win or lose, Max Whipple, Birmingham Roeper’s all-state senior forward and goal-scoring machine, is hanging up his cleats.

Content with just being a student at the college level and leaving his prolific soccer career behind, following this weekend, Whipple, a four-year starter and two-year captain in the prep ranks, will no longer be tormenting net-minders wherever and whenever he steps foot on the pitch.

Saturday’s game against Grand Rapids Covenant Christian in the state finals will be his last.

He’s certainly going out in style. Whipple scored four goals in Roeper’s 6-0 blanking of Harbor Beach in the state semifinals Wednesday at Troy Athens. They all came in the first half. Clutch as he is lethal, Whipple scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in less than 50 seconds as the Roughriders topped Grosse Pointe University Liggett in the regional championship game late last week.

His 46 goals lead Oakland County. It is only the third time in county history that a player has eclipsed the 45-goal plateau in a single season.

According to the MHSAA record book, Whipple’s next score (if it comes) makes him the county’s all-time goal king. He currently has 102 career goals, tying Lake Orion’s Billy Weaver, who played in the early 2000s.

“Max is in instinctive player, he has a natural nose for the back of the net,” said Roeper head coach Ed Sack of his star’s offensive prowess. “He’s deceptively quick and he’s fearless, unafraid to shoot it and attack the goal. That’s translated into some pretty gaudy stats.”

Whipple himself is cherishing the experience.

“It’s a special time of my life and it’s been a special season,” he said. “You’ve got to live for the moment. I’m doing my best to do that. I know this is something I will always remember. I want to make the most of it.”

Last Updated: 10/30/2014 12:03:09 PM EST

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