ELHS Boys Soccer prepares for big game against Detroit Catholic Central

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Thursday, September 24, 2015, 3:28 pm
By: 
Peyton Lombardo

Sam Maves competes for the ball in East Lansing's  win against Holt High School

On Saturday, while most of East Lansing will be thinking about MSU’s in-state football game against Central Michigan, the East Lansing High School Boys Soccer Team will be focusing on their big match against Detroit Catholic Central. While the game is non-conference, the Trojans are hoping the competition will prepare them for teams they will be facing in the playoffs.

Coach Nick Archer is looking forward to playing a team away from the area. “It’s an out of area game and it’s a school that does well usually. We like to test the waters outside this area,” he said. “The mid-Michigan area is very competitive and some of the schools have done very well in the league or in the state tournament.”

Since most of the Trojans schedule features conference games and non-conference game with nearby schools, it will give them a glimpse, Archer says, of what is outside of their area. “We’ve got some Grand Rapids teams we’ve played. We’ve played some Portage-area teams,” Archer stated. “We haven’t seen much in the Detroit area.”

Detroit Catholic Central boasts an 8-0-1 record against strong teams like Brother Rice and University of Detroit Jesuit. The level of competition they’re bringing to East Lansing excites Trojan players. “We’re looking for good competition,” junior midfielder Quinton Hay says. “We’ve never played them before… we’ll see how it goes.” He says Detroit Catholic Central is “one of the better” teams they’re playing this season.

“We know that they’re a good team. I’m pretty sure at one point in time they were ranked first in Division 1,” senior midfielder Zach Lane said. “A couple of them play on my club team so I expect them to be a good team.”

“But as with any team we play, we’re looking to fix all the mistakes from [last] game,” Lane said. “We want to get better every game. Facing stiff competition is good to see how we react under pressure for more important games later on in the season.” Lane exclaimed, “Of course we would like to win but that’s not the most important part.”

Senior midfielder Ian Carroll agreed with his teammates. “They’re a good team,” he said. “I think just playing the better competition will help us for further in the season when we make our state run.”

The game will be played Saturday morning at 11:30am at the East Lansing Soccer Complex.

 

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