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Confidence on the field

October 05, 2011 - Kickers have a key characteristic as they go into a busy week they have confidence.

After last week's win-loss split between their games against Rochester and Rochester Adams, they are looking ahead to tough games against Brother Rice and Lapeer East as they get ready for MHSAA District playoffs a few weeks away.

"Our defense has really stepped up in the last few weeks," said Clarkston High School Boys Varsity Coach Chuck Lawhorn. "Overall as we pick up on our communication they continue to improve."

The boys didn't have any lack of communication on the field in their win against Rochester on Sept. 27, 6-2.

All six goals were contributed by different players - Nick Dahl, Jordan Kieft, Conor Bright, Joey DeFinis and Jacob Kornas. Bright had three assist in the game.

"We started off a little slow," said Lawhorn. "We started the second half with a lot more energy and we were able to weigh down Rochester who was a little bit short-handed. They have had a lot of injuries so we were able to sub our guys and wear them down."

The boys lost to Rochester Adams, 4-1, with the lone goal from Bright.

"We played well in the first half," said Lawhorn. "We had a little bit lack of focus and Adams came out with a lot more energy and they were able to score a couple of goals. We have a few oppotunities in the first 15 minutes of the second half that we weren't able to finish. Adams played a good game they were better than us on Thursday night."

The Wolves head to Brother Rice on Thursday and host Lapeer East on Friday during the boys' Senior Night.

"Lapeer East is having a really good season," said Lawhorn. "They will be a tough opponent. We have our strengths - a lot of confidence and we created a lot more opportunities and finished them against Rochester."

JV begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, varsity follows.

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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