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September 19, 2012 - The Wolves are nine games into their season and holding onto winning record as they continue into this week.

"We can build on what we have accomplished so far," said Clarkston Boys Varsity Soccer Coach Chuck Lawhorn. "We can definitely get better in our ball movement. We have yet to play a full 80 minutes of good soccer."

The team has 13 returners and ten new players for this season.

Lawhorn added the new players are learning to play at a faster pace than they were playing at their previous level.

"They are blending really well with the returning varsity players," he said. "The returning players really help them pick up the pace and learn the system and style I want them to play. They help to get them intergrated on what we need them to do to win games."

A goal for the season to bring home a OAA Red and district championship.

"It has been awhile since Clarkston has won anything," Lawhorn said. "Those are a couple of good goals the guys have this year. They are goals that if we can keep working hard we can definitely accomplish."

Strengths of the team lay in midfield and returning senior goalkeeper Harry Smith.

"We have guys with a great touch and they are good at distribution," Lawhorn added. "We are real solid up top and on the outside. Going straight up the middle of the field we have a lot of talent and a lot of good players that are going to create a lot of scoring opportunities."

Another strength is the bench with the amount of depth and talent. They will help boost the starters during the season.

The boys were 5-4, 1-2 OAA Red before their rematch against Stoney Creek on Tuesday.

"You just have to take it one game at a time," said Lawhorn. "It is an old cliche but every team is going to bring their best when they come after you. You have to play hard and for 80 minutes. Once the guys start doing that they will be a tough team to beat."

The Wolves play Thursday at Holly High School, 6:45 p.m.

They are back home next week as they host Lake Orion on Monday and Waterford Kettering on Tuesday during Youth Night. Both games start with JV at 5:30 p.m. and varsity following.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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