The soccer season in the area is nearly done with Richmond being the last team standing.
There isn’t much debate for the top team in the area, but where do all the other teams stand? After two months of watching, following and covering boys soccer in the area, here’s my Super 8 rankings.
I had to think about this for roughly .5 seconds. The Blue Devils don’t give their opposition any good shots at the net. They just don’t. Not only that, but they have a strong offensive presence with Brandon Kunce, Michael Bullock and Denmark’s own Alexander Meiniche.
This team is a machine, and it’s why they haven’t lost in regulation since August and went undefeated through the BWAC.
2. Port Huron Northern
From 4-13-1 in 2014 to 9-7-3 this year, Northern not only showed plenty of improvement, but also a lot of balance. The experience-heavy roster with eight seniors ended their season with a second place 6-4-2 finish in the wide-open MAC Blue.
Not to mention, they also topped rival Port Huron 3-0 in the middle of the season and played them to a 1-1 draw in a storm-shortened contest later on.
What a memorable year for the Bulldogs. They had roughly 5,000 goals – maybe higher – from DJ Mitch and Alex Runnals. The school’s basketball star Cody Kegley became a master of the assist on the soccer pitch. And, of course, they won a program-high 14 games this season.
A young team, but a darn impressive one. Only three Pioneers – Markus Munger, Ryin Millitecs and Jarrett Brown – are graduating, and while those are three strong players, Cros-Lex is poised for another solid season next fall.
The Red Raiders defense was just unfair, giving up just three goals in their six league games. The Red Raiders also went 16-3-1 overall, split the Greater Thumb Conference South title and knocked off Harbor Beach in the district finals, who was ranked the No. 11 Division 4 squad in the state.
This team always talked about how well they worked together, not as individuals, and that was clear on the field. Also, now would be a good time to give a shout out to Nick Chitwood. I’ll never see a 6-foot-4 high school player be as nimble with the ball and embarrass defenders quite like he did.
7. Port Huron
Port Huron lost quite a bit of talent last year, but they returned Jon Miller and Jason Mallon who were one of the best duos in the area. It was certainly an up-and-down year for the Big Reds, who finished their season at 8-9-2 overall.
The Yellowjackets were also scary good on defense, letting up just two goals in GTC South play. Memphis was just one of those teams that played well-balanced around the field, and with goalkeeper Harrison Krause protecting the net there’s no wondering how they won a conference title share.