BY SAMANTHA ELLIOTT
It’s another spring on Grosse Ile and another Red Devils girls soccer program is doing as the soccer programs do on the Island.
With districts on the horizon, the 2017 Grosse Ile girls team is moving swiftly to the post-season with no major hiccups along the way thus far. In fact, they’re skipping the hiccups and instead, notching major accomplishments as the years go on.
On Wednesday, May 17, sophomore Lauren Naso scored the lone goal against league-rival New Boston Huron to secure the Huron League title. It was the team’s fifth straight Huron League Championship. As of press time, the Red Devils’ record was 16-0-1 and a flawless 11-0 in the league.
In the last two seasons, the girls have lost just two regular season games and are sitting on an amazing 73-game win streak in Huron League play. Their last loss was on May 2, 2012. In that five year span, the program has also had 20 players recognized for All-State honors.
The usual happenings of a spring season — spring break, prom and graduation — proved to be a challenge of staying focused, but the coaching staff was pleased with how the team came together.
“In the games, if anything is not going our way, the seniors and others rally, talk it out and redirect each other,” Coach Amy Rossow said. “The girls are positive when other players do well and quick to offer suggestions to help them.”
The senior captains have helped the team stay focused this season and the hard work has paid off. Through the spring, 14 different players have scored, while 15 earned assists and two goalies have each earned shutouts.
“This is a team effort and all have impacted our success so far this season.” Rossow said.
Leading the charge this season is a large senior class in Haley Labadie, Kelsie Krauss, Alyson Lemerand, Logan Gladowski, Nina Muto, Sophia Tucker, Madelyn Moretti, Teddie Fornwalt and Amelia Rista.
Krauss, along with Linsday Miles, have returned to lead the Red Devils in goals and assists once again this season.
Junior Chandler Donkers has taken over the goalkeeping duties this season and tallied up 10 shutouts after suffering an injury early in the season and Lemerand and Muto are controlling the defensive side of the game.
“Our key returnees are doing great and we have many others who have outperformed last season and are making a significant impact this season,” Rossow said.
Sophomore Ava Napolitan and freshmen Lizzie Molnar and Lexie McNeil also have joined the team this season. Napolitan is helping out on the defensive side of the field, while the freshmen pair is helping to add to the Red Devils’ 105 total goals thus far this season.
As the season winds down, Rossow and her team turn to the one-and-done playoffs knowing that anything can happen and are taking it one step at a time.
“Our philosophy is one game at a time,” she said. “We always need to get through the powerhouse of Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard in districts; a team who always plays their hardest in the postseason. We hope to be competitive and the girls have a goal of trying to improve on their finish of last season.”