Recap of Varsity Soccer season

The 5-5-2 Lakers soccer squad made the most of their season this year.


Jameson Draper

West Bloomfield’s Varsity soccer team lost on Tuesday, 1-0, to Bloomfield Hills High School.

This season, expectations for the West Bloomfield Boys’ Varsity Soccer team ran high, but injuries derailed their season relatively quickly. They made it through a couple rounds of the playoffs, but it is safe to say this season was a disappointment for a very talented squad.

The team started off the season molding into a solid squad over the summer, before, of course, injuries threw the team off its path. Senior captains Joey Asker and Ben Vorce were injured along with smaller injuries to players such as Roberto Escalante, David Hotz and Skylar Jeppesen. At one point, before the district season began, it seemed as if all hope was lost on the season.

To begin the district schedule, the team held their own, going 3-1-1 in their first five games with wins over Dearborn, Farmington and Troy. Then, they seemed to have a big slump in the middle of the season, losing three consecutive games to Athens, Seaholm and Groves by a combined score of 8-2. They were 3-4-1, and had to step up their game to do well in the playoffs.

In their last four games, the Lakers went 2-1-1, only losing one game (a 3-1 loss to Lake Orion), to improve their final record to 5-5-2, which turned out to be third in their division.

While the team finished a modest 5-5-2, they turned it up to another level for the postseason, beating Milford 1-0 and upsetting Walled Lake Northern 3-2 before ultimately losing to Walled Lake Central on October 18th, 2-1.

While most would call this season a disappointment  for this Lakers squad, it is impressive how the team fought through adversity and injuries to make it to the third round of the playoffs.