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Michigan Impact U9 team celebrates finishing the season as champions. The team includes: bottom row; from left, Jacob Murray, Logan Rajala, Lochlan Gray, Zachary Senko, Connor Sprague; top row, Brendan Zwiernik, Julian Lee, Marco Charbonneau, Ricky Beltran, Vaughn Carraher and Coach Damian Huffer. Photo provided (click for larger version)
June 29, 2011 - Kickers from the Michigan Impact U9 finished their spring season in smiles.

They secured the Michigan Youth Soccer League Division title after an undefeated season and taking the division crown from PSG Nova North on June 12, 3-0.

They opened the season with their first tie against CW3 Extreme White on April 17, 1-1. Then, scored a 3-1 win against Romeo on April 29. They finished the season 7-0-3.

Michigan Impact tied three of their games but when they put their skills together they broke ties and sent their opponents home with a loss.

"The boys did very well for their first season playing together as a travel team," said Brad Senko. "Most came from playing recreational soccer and decided they wanted to move up to the next level. It was an adjustment for them early on as they learned new skills."

The team is part of the Michigan Impact Soccer Club, a regional travel soccer club based in Clarkston. They play in the Michigan Youth Soccer League in the northern Detroit Metro area as well as in the Michigan Premier Soccer League against teams around the state.

As members of the Michigan Impact Soccer Club they learn fundamental skills they can take with them to the next competition level.

The Michigan Impact U9 team plays again in the fall for their next outdoor season and are gearing to move up to the 10 and under division. They also play in two indoor sessions in November and December and in February and March

"They incorporated their individual talents, learned leadership and life skills by working together and growing as a team," said Senko. "The boys are looking forward to playing and growing together again this year as they move up to the U-10 division."

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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