Bear kickers look to improve under new coach

Senior Patrick Schilk • Photo by Dave Gorgon

Hank Minckiewicz

With veteran Downriver coach Mike DeSana now at the helm, the Roosevelt soccer program hopes to climb the ladder in the Downriver League.

The Bears, one of the more recent entrants in the league’s soccer community, have been mired in the second division. DeSana hopes to change that.

“We’d like to break into the top five of the league,” he said. “That’s a goal. So is winning a district game. We have never won a district game.”

The Bears got the season off to an 0-2 start with losses to Lincoln Park and Allen Park, but despite the setbacks, there were hopeful signs for the Bears.

Allen Park was second in the Downriver League last season and the Bears hung with the Jags, falling just 2-0. Lincoln Park was third in the league last year and Wyandotte actually led the Rails 1-0 at halftime before allowing two goals in the second half and falling 2-1.

Gabe Ambriz scored the lone Wyandotte goal against Lincoln Park. That was significant because last season Ambriz was Roosevelt’s main goalkeeper. This year with another keeper on the roster – Tyce Martin – the Bears have a chance to turn Ambriz loose and forward, giving them more offensive punch.

Ambriz and Martin are two of 10 seniors on this year’s 15-man roster.

“Our numbers are down,” said DeSana. “That seems to be the case all over the area. We only have 13 on the jayvee team and some schools don’t even have jayvee teams this year.”

Helping lead the way for the Bears – and a co-captain along with Ambriz – is defender Patrick Schilk, deft player.

“Patrick has played club soccer his whole life; he’s phenomenal, a really, really great player.” said DeSana.

Other key players include the versatile seniors Matt Reed and Jeremy Smith. Reed, a defender-midfielder-forward, can play all over the field, and Smith can be shifted easily between defense and the midfield.

Keying the Wyandotte offense, along with Ambriz, are senior Alex Bermudez and sophomore Alejandro Nunez – both attacking forwards.

Seniors Gerald Nagy and Jason Johnson anchor the Wyandotte defense.

When asked to identify the strengths of his team, DeSana pointed to goaltending and strength up the middle.

The Bears hope that will be enough to get them into the win column more times and into the loss column and lead to some success in the state tournament.

2020 Roosevelt soccer

0  Ambriz, Gabe  Senior

1  Witt Owen, Soph

2  Gerald Nagy, Senior

3  Patrick Schilk, Senior

7  Matt Reed, Senior

8 Alejandro Nunes, Soph

9 Jason Johnson, Senior

11 Alek Rose, Senior

12 Alex Bermudez, Senior

14 Jeremy Smith, Senior

15 Cameron Wood, Senior

17 Aiden Callan, Junior

19 Martin Tyce, Senior

26 Aiden Jacob, Soph

33 Alex Lovell, Fr

Coaches: Michael DeSana,

Pete Cano, John Kaneko

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