2017-09-09 / Sports

Lakers Soccer Team Looks To Defend Championship Title

By Jacob A. Ball


The 2017 Mackinac Island Lakers soccer team: (back row, from left) Coach Mary Patay, Ethan Cotton, Alex Henlin, Dominic Morse, Xavier Mosley, Albert Mosley, Aaron Riggs, Maschelle Keeple, Nick Davis, Gabe Kromer, and T.J. Massaway; (middle) Guyil Mosley, Nora Bailey, Hannah Styburski, and Carmen de la Pena; (front) Mabel Styburski, Gabe Hepker, Trevor Pereny, Brooke Dziobak, Asher Topham, and Leon Sehoyan. Missing from photograph are Shaun Burton and Aidan Ogle. The 2017 Mackinac Island Lakers soccer team: (back row, from left) Coach Mary Patay, Ethan Cotton, Alex Henlin, Dominic Morse, Xavier Mosley, Albert Mosley, Aaron Riggs, Maschelle Keeple, Nick Davis, Gabe Kromer, and T.J. Massaway; (middle) Guyil Mosley, Nora Bailey, Hannah Styburski, and Carmen de la Pena; (front) Mabel Styburski, Gabe Hepker, Trevor Pereny, Brooke Dziobak, Asher Topham, and Leon Sehoyan. Missing from photograph are Shaun Burton and Aidan Ogle. With only two players graduated, the 2017 Mackinac Island Lakers soccer team has high hopes for defending their Northern Lights League tournament championship. The squad has as many as 22 players available each week, depending on injuries. Apart from helping her players learn the sport, Coach Mary Patay says that personal responsibility and proper conduct are life skills she hopes her players will learn to embody as representatives of the team.

Graduate Christian Styburski, former goalie for the Lakers, has been replaced by freshman Albert Mosley. Coach Patay has been excited by his development so far and hopes he will continue to grow into the position over the next several seasons.

“He has been developing really well, and is starting to make better and better decisions, Coach Patay said of the Lakers’ new goalie.

It is often hard to get people to play goalie, with many preferring the excitement of playing in the field; having Mosley as a permanent starting goalie will be essential to the Lakers’ aspirations of a title defense. During August, the team played two matchups against Whittemore-Prescott and once against Grand Marais, winning all three games decisively.

Coach Patay has been coaching the team since 1996, developing a focus on the fundamentals of passing and teamwork. She said her six new players for this season, including four seventh graders, have been acclimating really well to the team and she hopes to find opportunities for every teenager to have playing time each game.

This year the team has four captains, seniors Gabe Kromer and Nick Davis and juniors Aaron Riggs and Gabe Hepker. Coach Patay has typically only selected seniors in past seasons, but she says that Riggs and Hepker have been playing for the team since seventh grade and will offer good insight and leadership for younger squad members.

The soccer team has 16 scheduled games for this season, concluding with the Northern Light League tournament hosted by Beaver Island Friday, October 13, and Saturday, October 14.

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