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  • Le Rouge Review: Edition Four

    Michigan State: Ben Pirmann and Kylie Stannard’s squad continued its success this past weekend, securing a 1-0 victory over Bowling Green State University on the road on Wednesday, Sept. 24, and a 0-0 draw against Big Ten newcomer Rutgers on Sunday. The Spartans (5-1-2) look to continue their winning ways this Wednesday at home against Western Michigan at 7:30 p.m. and this Saturday when they take on Big Ten foe Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio at 7 p.m.

    _DSC7341 Nick Schroeder dribbling

    Michigan: The Michigan Wolverines (1-4-2) dropped a decisive Big Ten Conference showdown against Penn State, 1-0, on Sunday. Despite the loss, the Wolverines fought hard in attempt to stage a comeback, earning multiple corner kicks within the last few minutes of the match, but no one could connect. Michigan captain Tyler Arnone recorded the most shots of the game with four, with starters William Mellors-Blair and Colin McAtee picking up three shots and one shot, respectively. Nick Lewin also started. The Wolverines face Western Michigan at home this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. before heading to Wisconsin on Saturday to take on the Badgers at 7 p.m.

    Saginaw Valley State: The undefeated Cardinals (7-0-1) kicked off their weekend with a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory against Tiffin University, with Craig Neal scoring the game-winning goal after a solid finish off a free-kick.  Scoring the go-ahead goal with 10 seconds to play, Tiffin looked like it was poised to secure a 2-1 victory. But SVSU scored eight seconds after to force overtime, where Neal sealed a 3-2 win in the 107th minute. Neal also scored the game-winner and lone goal in the Cardinals’ 1-0 win over Findlay – his fourth goal of the season. Aleksander Isaevski and Zach Vasold started in both matches. SVSU will attempt to remain unbeaten, facing Ohio Dominican on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Lake Erie on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Both matches are at home.

    Butler: It was a battle of two City players when Butler took on Evansville (2-6-1) on Wednesday, Sept. 24. While Jeff Adkins’ Bulldogs (4-3-3) eventually got the 2-1 win, Nick Schroeder scored the lone goal for the Purple Aces in the 20th minute. The Bulldogs couldn’t get things going in their first Big East Conference match, losing to Georgetown, 2-0. Butler will hope to get its first conference win at St. John’s on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

    Western Michigan: The Broncos (5-3-1) enjoyed a commanding 4-0 victory over Northern Kentucky last Friday. Sean Hazen and Connor Furgason both got the start in the rout. WMU will face a Michigan team looking to rebound on Wednesday night. After, the Broncos play host to IUPUI this Saturday at 12 p.m.

    Oakland: The Grizzlies opened their home-conference slate Sept. 26, drawing even with UIC, 1-1. Joey Tinnion, Shawn Lawson and Raphael Reynolds all started for Oakland, with Tinnion recording two shots and Lawson recording one shot. OU (0-5-1) is still looking for its first win of the season, and it will meet Detroit in the newly minted “Metro Series” Wednesday at 4 p.m.

    Detroit: The Titans (4-3-1) came out victorious in their Horizon League opener, defeating Wright State 2-1 on Saturday, Sept. 27. Matt Ybarra started for UDM and tallied the assist on the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute. Cameron Roberts also started for the Titans and recorded one shot on goal. The Titans play host to Oakland Wednesday, and will travel to UIC on Saturday at 8 p.m.

    Coastal Carolina: Bret Mollon’s 24th-ranked Chanticleers (5-3-0) continue rolling, defeating Gardner-Webb on Tuesday, Sept. 23 in their Big South Conference opener. Three days later, Carolina scored two goals 12 seconds apart in the first half of its game on Friday, Sept. 26 to fire home a 3-1 victory over Elon. CCU faces Campbell in a conference matchup this Saturday at 6 p.m.

  • Le Rouge Review: DCFC players earn high praise, lead several teams to victory

    Michigan State: The Spartans bested soccer powerhouse Maryland, 1-0, on the road in their Big Ten opener on Sept. 19. This week, Coach Pirmann and Kylie Stannard’s squad will travel to Bowling Green for a 7 p.m. match on Wednesday before hosting Rutgers at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

    William Mellors-Blair dribbling

    Michigan: The Wolverines suffered a disappointing loss to Bowling Green on Sept. 16 by a score of 1-0. However, Michigan responded nicely by earning a hard-fought, scoreless draw at Northwestern on Sept. 21. Tyler ArnoneWilliam Mellors-Blair, and Colin McAtee combined for four shots to help the Wolverines stay unbeaten in Big Ten play. Looking ahead, Michigan will have a full week off before hosting Penn State at 2 p.m. on Sunday for a critical conference showdown.

    Saginaw Valley State: The Cardinals remained unbeaten on the season after winning road games against Walsh College and Malone by scores of 4-3 and 3-0, respectively. Craig Neal tallied a goal against Walsh, while Aleksander Isaevski recorded an assist in a thrilling back-and-forth affair. Michael Lamb earned a spot in the starting 11 along with Zach Vasold. In Sunday’s lopsided win over Malone, Isaevski and Vasold scored the first two goals for SVSU. This week, the Cardinals continue traveling with games at Tiffin University on Friday and at Findlay on Sunday.

    Butler: Jeff Adkins netted the first goal in the Bulldogs 2-1 victory over Loyola on Sept. 20 to help improve Butler’s record to 3-2-3 on the year. The Bulldogs play two home matches this week against Evansville on Wednesday and Georgetown on Saturday. The kickoff times are listed as 7 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively.

    Western Michigan: The Broncos edged out Green Bay, 2-1, on Sept. 19, thanks to a goal and an assist from Connor Furgason. But two days later, Western Michigan struggled to find offensive consistency, dropping a 3-0 decision to Western Illinois. In that match, Sean Hazen had three shots, one of which was on target. The Broncos have only one match this week, coming Friday at 4 p.m. when they host Northern Kentucky.

    Oakland: Chase Jabbori, Shawn Lawson, and Raphael Reynolds all started the Grizzlies 2-1, overtime loss to Incarnate Ward on Sept. 20. Joey Tinnion came on as a substitute. Oakland is still in search of its first win of the season, and will look to get over the hump when it hosts UIC on Friday at 7 p.m.

    Detroit: Matt Ybarra scored in the ninth minute of the Titans’ 3-2 loss against Buffalo on Sept. 19, and Cameron Roberts added a shot on goal. Two days later, Detroit rebounded nicely to beat Niagara, 1-0, in which Ybarra earned a spot in the starting 11. The Titans host Wright State at 1 p.m. on Saturday for their Horizon-League season opener.

    Coastal Carolina: The Chanticleers throttled South Carolina, 3-0, on Sept. 16 before dropping a 2-0 decision to UAB on Sept. 20. Bret Mollon’s squad continues to remain a part of the national conversation, though, and will travel to play Gardner-Webb at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Finally, Coastal Carolina will host Elon at 7 p.m. on Friday.

  • Soccer Shines in DPS Showcase

    It felt like a typical summer night of soccer at Cass Tech High School.

    With a handful of Le Rouge faithful singing praises as both teams walked onto the field, it was just like a regular-season match between two conference opponents.

    And it was. Except this time, the players were smaller, younger, and probably had homework to finish up by the time Monday morning rolled around.


    The inaugural Detroit Public Schools Showcase hosted by Detroit City FC, which saw Le Rouge draw 2-2 with Ann Arbor FC in front of 1,027 supporters, raised support for the Cass Tech and Renaissance boys soccer programs and put soccer on display the entire night of Saturday, Sept. 13.

    It also gave both high schools a chance to play in a setting familiar to City players, one filled with smoke, singing and passionate supporters.

    “It was really special because we had a doubleheader,” Cass Tech forward Samin Yasar said. “Detroit City FC played first; they won. And now we played Renaissance; we won. In front of all of the fans, I feel really great.”

    In its last outing of 2014, City kicked off the Showcase against Ann Arbor FC at 5:30 p.m.  The friendly got off to a quick start after Ann Arbor’s Dan Kuehn chipped the ball past City goalkeeper Jason Wise’s (Saginaw Valley St.) grasp from about 25-yards out, giving AAFC a 1-0 lead two minutes into the match.

    The 1-0 score line stood until the 53rd minute, when Le Rouge’s Zach Schewee (Bowling Green St.) netted his first-ever goal as a member of the Rouge and Gold with a laser rocket into the upper-right corner of Ann Arbor’s goal. Just 12 minutes later, City went ahead, 2-1, after AJ Kalina (Michigan St. Club) found himself on the favorable side of a scramble in the box, easily tapping the ball home past AAFC goalkeeper Ian McDonald-Wilkins.

    Former City forward Ugo Uche beat Wise on a low, driven shot in the 77th minute that secured a 2-2 draw between the clubs.

    With the stadium lights exposing the lingering smoke leftover from City’s friendly, Cass Tech and Renaissance met afterward in a regular-season matchup.

    Donning its new uniforms purchased by Detroit City FC, Cass Tech dominated Renaissance for most of the match, leading 3-0 at halftime. Yasar was the leading goal scorer on the night, completing a hat-trick that put the Technicians in front, 5-0, early in the second half.

    Wahidul Islam and Basid Abdul were additional goal scorers for the Technicians.

    Detroit Renaissance fought hard to ensure it wasn’t going home without a goal of its own, though. Impressive back-to-back goals from Moussa Kaba and Maurice Umejiego cut Cass Tech’s lead to 5-2 late in the second half –  a score that held until the final whistle.

    Although the two late goals weren’t enough to secure a victory, Detroit Renaissance’s Corey Mattic Jr., a natural striker who played goalie in the match, was happy to play in an exciting atmosphere.

    “Today’s game was fun,” Mattic Jr. said. “I tried my hardest; tried to block as many shots as I could. But, you know, there’s not much I could do.”

    Beyond the confines of its home pitch, DCFC’s commitment to the sport increases. The team works with Detroit PAL youth soccer leagues, conducting free clinics and offering free admission to Detroit City games to all participants. DCFC also operates the Detroit City Futbol League – an open, recreational co-ed league that plays at Historic Fort Wayne. The league, dedicated to connecting Detroit residents who share a passion for soccer their neighborhoods, has involved thousands of players since its inception in 2010. This fall, DCFC has added “Soktoberfest” – a 24-team league with teams representing area bars that also plays games at Historic Fort Wayne on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

    With the success of the inaugural DPS Showcase, Detroit City continues to build the sport for players of all ages – a victory for soccer, and a victory for Detroit.

  • Le Rouge Review: September 15, 2014

    Michigan State: Kylie Stannard and Ben Pirmann’s seventh-ranked Spartans dropped a 1-0 decision to Valparaiso on Thursday before edging out Loyola-Chicago at home, 1-0, on Sunday, where Josh Rogers and Spencer Thompson were honored at halftime, along with fellow MSU men’s soccer alumni. Michigan State travels to No. 12 Maryland on Sept. 19 for an 8 p.m. kickoff. The game will be aired live on Big Ten Network.

    _DSC5902 Jeff Adkins beats goalie

    Michigan: The Wolverines earned a 1-1 draw against No. 12 Maryland on Friday. Colin McAtee, Tyler Arnone, and William Mellors-Blair combined for six of Michigan’s 11 shots in the match, and Nick Lewin entered as a substitute for the extra time sessions. TJ VanSlooten was not in the lineup. This week, the Wolverines host Bowling Green State University on Sept. 16, and travel to play Northwestern on Sept. 21. Those games will start at 7:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.

    Saginaw Valley State: Craig Neal, Zach Vasold, and Michael Lamb all started in the Cardinals 1-0 victory over Marygrove College on Sunday. Additionally, Aleksander Isaevski came on as a substitute and recorded one shot on goal. Earlier in the week, SVSU played to a 0-0 draw against Northwood University, in which all four DCFC players earned a spot in the starting 11. Looking ahead, the Cardinals will visit both Walsh College on Sept. 19 for a 7 p.m. kickoff and Malone on Sept. 21 for a 1 p.m. start.

    Butler: The Bulldogs suffered two losses this week to Valparaiso on Tuesday and Western Michigan on Friday. Jeff Adkins scored the lone Butler goal in Tuesday’s 2-1 double overtime loss, and he recorded one shot on goal in Friday’s regulation defeat. The Bulldogs will look to rebound with matches at No. 11 Indiana on Sept. 17 and against Loyola on Sept. 20. Those matches begin at 7:30 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

    Western Michigan: The Broncos had a successful week with a pair of victories over Butler (see above) and Eastern Illinois. Connor Furgason and Sean Hazen both earned the start in the win over Butler. In Sunday’s match against Eastern Illinois, Hazen recorded an assist on the eventual game-winning goal in the 63rd minute. On Sept. 19, Western Michigan hosts Wisconsin Green Bay for a 4 p.m. kickoff before welcoming Western Illinois for a 3:30 kickoff on Sept. 21.

    Oakland: Raphael Reynolds netted a goal in the Grizzlies 3-2 loss at Denver on Friday. Shawn Lawson and Joey Tinnion came on as substitutes, while Chase Jabbori earned a spot on the starting back line. Two days later, Oakland dropped a 1-0 decision to Air Force, in which all four DCFC players were placed in the starting 11. The Grizzlies will search for their first victory of the season this week in their homecoming game against Incarnate Word on Sept. 20 at 5 p.m.

    Detroit: The Titans pieced together a memorable weekend at the UNLV Nike Invitational with a 2-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Friday and a 0-0 draw against UNLV on Sunday. Matt Ybarra recorded an assist in Friday’s win, and Ybarra and Cameron Roberts both had one shot on goal in Sunday’s scoreless result. Detroit will host Buffalo and Niagara on Friday and Sunday, respectively. The Buffalo match will begin at 7 p.m., and the Niagara tilt will kickoff at 2 p.m.

    Coastal Carolina: Bret Mollon’s 13th-ranked Chanticleers lost their only match this week, 1-0, to Furman on Friday. Now, Coastal Carolina will look forward to a match against No. 17 South Carolina on Sept. 16 before hosting UAB on Sept. 20. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.

  • Detroit City FC Returns to Cass Tech to Support Soccer in Detroit

    The Summer of Soccer isn’t over in Detroit just yet. Detroit City FC will return home to Cass Tech High School at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 13 for a special benefit match to help grow the beautiful game in the Motor City.

    The “DPS Showcase” will feature a full night of soccer in support of the Cass Tech and Detroit Renaissance High School boys soccer programs. It will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with Le Rouge facing Ann Arbor Football Club in a friendly match; then, the Technicians host the Phoenix in a Detroit Public Schools regular-season showdown at 7:30 p.m. Cass _DSC6616newTech field is located at 2501 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201.

    A portion of the proceeds from the soccer doubleheader will be donated to the high school soccer programs, and tickets are only $5. In just three summers, Detroit City Football Club has established itself as Detroit’s soccer team. An exciting 2014 season saw success on and off the pitch for Le Rouge, and as a result of the efforts of DCFC and its supporters, the future is bright for soccer in the city.

    With the Showcase, DCFC builds on already strong ties to Cass Tech; on May 23rd, 2014, a day when 3,112 in attendance were treated to a performance by the elite Cass Tech Marching Band at halftime, DCFC presented new uniforms to the Technicians girls soccer team, and the ladies showed their appreciation by joining the songs and chants of the Le Rouge faithful as City went on to defeat Lansing United 1 - 0. Since making the Cass Tech stadium their home, DCFC has invested tens of thousands of dollars into improving the field itself, a benefit not only to the soccer teams but also the football program, one of the finest in the state and D-1 champions in 2011 and 2012.

    “There’s no better way to continue developing soccer in Detroit than to bring together thousands of Le Rouge faithful at Cass Tech,” Detroit City FC co-owner Alex Wright said. “We’re excited to see what our supporters have in store for the high schoolers, and we are proud to showcase the passion the Rennaisance and Cass players have for the game and our city. Soccer is extremely popular in the Metro Area, but in the Detroit Public School leagues the sport is still gaining traction. 4 years ago, Cass didn’t even have a boys team, now they do. We like to think we are a part of that. After September 13th, it won’t just be the football team that will be able to say they played under the lights in front of thousands at Cass.”

    Beyond the confines of its home pitch, DCFC’s commitment to the sport increases. The team works with the Detroit PAL youth soccer leagues, conducting free clinics and offering free admission to Detroit City games to all participants. DCFC also operates the Detroit City Futbol League, an open, recreational, co-ed league that plays games at Historic Fort Wayne; dedicated to connecting Detroit residents who share a passion for soccer and their neighborhoods, DCFL has involved thousands of players since its inception in 2010. DCFC has recently annouced that for the first time it will be offering a Fall rec-league as well. “DCFC Soktoberfest” begins in early September and is open to anyone, regardless of where they call home. For more information, contact

    Join DCFC in bringing the noise back to Cass Tech one last time this year in the name of supporting soccer in Detroit.

    Get your tickets online at or at the front gate of Cass Tech Field starting two hours before kickoff.

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