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BOYS SOCCER: Roeper making noise on the pitch, striving for recognition WITH VIDEO

Solys tallies hat trick, keeps up prolific ways in Roughriders' victory

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FERNDALE – The Roughriders ravished the Eagles' nest on Monday night, tearing apart everything in their sight and looking mighty good in the process.

Going on the road to Ferndale, the Birmingham Roeper Roughriders romped to a 5-0 flogging of the host Eagles in non-conference action from the local prep boys soccer pitch.

The win makes another strong case for the Roughriders being unfairly overlooked by the pollsters.

Despite being 6-1-1, featuring arguably the area’s most dynamic small-school player in senior forward Spencer Solys and being defending champions in the toughest Division 4 conference (Michigan Independent Athletic Conference) in the state, the Roughriders don’t currently hold a state-ranking.

“It’s certainly strange,” said longtime Roeper head coach Ed Sack of the lack of respect his club has been receiving this fall. “However, it’s not something we’re going to dwell on too much. We’ll let our play do our talking and the rest of the stuff will work itself out in the end.”

Sack’s squad was in peak form on Monday, peppering Ferndale’s net with reckless abandon at every opportunity, while uncorking an oppressive defense that made life easy on Roughriders’ freshman goalkeeper Calvin Lind (four saves) and difficult on the Eagles’ scoring chances.

Roeper outshot Ferndale 14-4 on the night and controlled play the entire 80 minutes.

Lind picked up his second shutout of the season in between the posts, turning away four Eagles shots on goal.

Solys, one of Metro Detroit’s top scoring threats, posted a hat trick, putting in his first goal of the game at the 20:02 mark of the first half and then registering two more two minutes apart in the opening moments of the second half.

Last season as a junior, Solys scored 31 goals and had 20 assists. So far this season, he’s scored 14 times and has seven assists.

“We’re feeling good about ourselves right now,” said Solys of his team’s mindset. “Things are going real well."

But that doesn’t mean that the Roughriders’ stat hound and captain won’t do everything in his power to make sure the team stays humble going forward.

“We still have to stay hungry,” he said. “I don’t know if we’ve played truly great soccer yet. There are definitely strides left to be made.”

Andy Reed’s goal at the 18:06 mark of the first half gave Roeper a 2-0 lead at the break and Graeme Schulman scored late in the second half for the Roughriders’ fifth and final goal of the wide-margin affair.

Senior David Veillette, the team’s co-captain, assisted on both of Solys’ second-half scores and sophomore Michael Matthews fed Solys for his first goal of the game.

Ferndale dropped to 1-4 with the loss.

Following the out-of-conference win, Roeper is set to return to play in the MIAC with a game against arch-rival Auburn Hills Oakland Christian on Thursday. The team’s 2011 MIAC crown was the Roughriders first conference title since it won three straight in the mid-to-late 1990s.

The MIAC has had a representative in the Division 4 state championship game in each of the past seven seasons.

Oakland Christian is ranked No. 5 in the state, one of three teams spawning from the MIAC to be ranked in the Top 10, also including No. 1, defending state champion Allen Park Inter-City Baptist and No. 7 Southfield Christian.

When it squared off with Southfield Christian earlier this season, Roeper prevailed convincingly 2-0.

Last Updated: 9/14/2012 1:17:58 AM EST


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