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BOYS SOCCER: West Bloomfield falls short against Midland

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Soccer - Boys - 8/23/2012 

West Bloomfield 1
Midland 2
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WEST BLOOMFIELD - The visiting Midland Chemics picked up a 2-1 boys soccer win over the host West Bloomfield Lakers on a hot Thursday afternoon.

Nathan Foura got the game winning goal with 10:34 to play when he headed in a pass from Tyler Sowles after the Chemics had played a corner kick short before sending the ball into the box, where Sowels was able to re-direct the ball in front for Foura.

Both teams started fast in this one, with each squad scoring on its first shot.

Charles Wakeman opened the scoring for Midland on a quick strike opportunity for the Chemics, firing home a cross by Jake Rajewski just over four and a half minutes into the game. But Ben Vorce tied it up for West Bloomfield three minutes later on a similar play with Neema Katibai picking up the assist.

After that, both defenses settled in as the two teams largely played similar quick tempo styles despite the heat. “We pretty much played the same, and you could pretty well tell,” Midland head coach Bill Ripke said.

“It settled in a bit after the initial shock,” Lakers head coach Jason Clark said.

In the end, Midland’s defense led by Ryan Kantak and Tyler Sowels made just a few more key interceptions and the Chemics came away with a hard-fought victory.

Both coaches also used the game against an unfamiliar opponent to do a bit of experimenting both with tactics and with combinations of players as teams try to jell in the first week of play.

“We were going to try a few things, and one of our bread and butter plays is to try and score off our corner kicks. We changed up but didn’t want to give it away, but we tried to tell them let’s maybe try one of the other options, and they did and we got the goal that we needed. I’m pretty happy with all that, especially when you get a win on the road,” Ripke said. “You had to use your subs today,” he added in reference to the heat.

“I was happy. I thought it was a great game. It’s fun to see a team that you don’t (normally) get to see,” Lakers head coach Jason Clark said. “We learned a lot about ourselves today. That was the best part is that we learned from the game today.” Clark also added that, “We’re still getting there. We’re still coming together as a team, trying to figure out who is going to play where, and who is going to step up and be a leader.”

With the win, Midland improves to 3-0 on the year. West Bloomfield slips to 3-2. Next up for the Lakers is a road trip to Ferndale next Tuesday for an OAA Blue match up against the Eagles.

Last Updated: 8/23/2012 9:02:53 PM EST

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