We have now reached Week 9 of the 2021 highschool soccer season in Michigan. There are nonetheless various playoff spots up for grabs with a number of Downriver-area groups concerned.
Starting in 2020, the MHSAA deployed a point-based playoff system the place the highest 32 groups in every of the eight divisions of 11-man soccer qualify for the postseason.
This week, as we preview the slate of video games, we will even reference every crew’s present standing inside their division. You may also view the complete MHSAA soccer playoff level abstract right here.
GIBRALTAR CARLSON (7-1, 6-1 DRL) @ WOODHAVEN (8-0, 7-0 DRL)
[Carlson: No. 5 in Division | Woodhaven: No. 8 in Division 1]
The sport of the week within the space pits two of the highest groups within the Downriver League. Woodhaven cruised to a 43-7 victory at house over Southgate Anderson final week, transferring one step nearer to an unblemished common season. A win on Friday at house over Gibraltar Carlson would give the Warriors their second good common season in three years and third in program historical past, all since 2014. Such a end result would additionally give them the outright Downriver League title. Carlson in the meantime enters the competition on a sizzling streak of its personal. An enormous highway 35-28 win over a Division 2 playoff-bound White Lake Lakeland final week upped the Marauders’ energetic win streak to 5.
We could possibly be in for a shootout on Friday. Woodhaven leads the DRL averaging virtually 43 factors per recreation whereas Carlson is averaging 36 factors per contest. The Warriors are 14-6 all-time in opposition to the Marauders together with wins in three of the final 4. The 2 didn’t meet final season as a result of pandemic.
TRENTON (4-4, 4-3 DRL) @ WYANDOTTE ROOSEVELT (4-4, 4-3 DRL)
[Trenton: No. 24 in Division 3 | Roosevelt: No. 31 in Division 2]
Exterior of the Carlson/Woodhaven showdown, maybe probably the most intriguing and essential matchup on Friday pits two fringe playoff groups in opposition to each other. It’s been an up-and-down season for Trenton and first-year coach Reggie Glon. The Trojans had been shut out 38-0 final week at Allen Park. Wyandotte Roosevelt in the meantime bought an essential 19-7 win over Division 1 Edsel Ford final week that, in the meanwhile, vaulted them into the Division 2 playoff image.
These are two groups which have been staples within the playoffs in recent times. Excluding the 2020 pandemic-altered season, Trenton has certified for the playoffs in six consecutive years whereas Roosevelt has made it in yearly since 2006. Friday would be the 61st assembly between the 2 colleges. Roosevelt owns the slim 30-29-1 benefit with wins in 4 consecutive conferences.
For no matter it’s price, the Snooze2You ‘Mapetology’ projections exhibits Trenton would get in even with a loss. A win for the Trojans nevertheless would virtually absolutely hold the host Bears out of the playoff image.
SOUTHGATE ANDERSON (1-7, 1-6 DRL) @ ALLEN PARK (6-2, 6-1 DRL)
[Anderson: No. 57 in Division 3 | Allen Park: No. 6 in Division 3]
After struggling a 32-21 loss at Harper Woods in Week 7, Allen Park bounced again with a shutout win at house vs. Trenton final week. The Jags this season are averaging just below 34 factors per recreation, their highest per-game common since 2016 once they completed the season 11-1. It’s a favorable season finale for the house crew as they welcome in a Southgate Anderson crew that’s on its option to lacking the postseason for a ninth consecutive season (excluding 2020). Factors have been arduous to come back by for the Titans this season. Final week was the fifth time they had been held to single-digit factors; they haven’t scored greater than 18 factors in any recreation this season.
Allen Park has received 10 consecutive video games head-to-head in opposition to Anderson. One other win would basically lock them into a house recreation to open the playoffs subsequent week. As well as, the Jags may declare a share of the DRL title ought to Carlson beat Woodhaven on Friday evening.
ALEX: Allen Park
FRANK: Allen Park
EDSEL FORD (2-6, 2-5 DRL) @ TAYLOR (2-6, 2-5 DRL)
[Edsel Ford: No. 48 in Division 1 | Taylor: No. 52 in Division 1]
Two league foes can be seeking to end the 2021 season on a excessive observe when Edsel Ford visits Taylor. Scoring has been troublesome for Edsel Ford these days, they’ve solely mustered 69 factors all season however 13 over their final 5 weeks, all leading to losses. Taylor in the meantime pitched an 18-0 shutout at Lincoln Park. Like Edsel Ford, the Griffins had comparable scoring woes early on within the season (18 complete factors in Weeks 1-4) however have proven some indicators of life down the stretch, averaging 22.5 PPG since Week 5.
Edsel Ford is 2-1 all-time in opposition to Taylor since 2018, which is when the Thunderbirds joined the DRL and Taylor Excessive grew to become one mixed highschool from the previous Kennedy and Truman Excessive Faculties. The Griffins received final yr’s assembly, 10-6.
LINCOLN PARK (0-8, 0-8 DRL) @ MELVINDALE (5-3, 5-2 WWAC)
[Lincoln Park: No. 62 in Division 2 | Melvindale: No. 28 in Division 2]
Former Downriver League foes will meet in a non-conference season finale when Lincoln Park visits Melvindale. It’s been one other tough season for the Lincoln Park soccer program as they’re going to miss the playoffs for a fifth straight season (excluding 2020). Since 1975 when the MHSAA put in a playoff system for soccer, the Railsplitters have certified for the playoffs simply 4 occasions. In the meantime for Melvindale, they’re coming off a troublesome 34-14 loss to Redford Union the place they had been outscored 20-0 after halftime.
The 2 have cut up their earlier 34 head-to-head conferences, 17 apiece. Melvindale has received three straight within the collection. A win for the Cardinals would formally clinch their first true playoff berth since 2013. Ought to Lincoln Park pull off the upset, there’s a sturdy probability Melvindale would sneak into the postseason.
RIVERVIEW (8-0, 7-0 Huron League) @ MONROE (4-4, 3-4 SEC-Purple Division)
[Riverview: No. 9 in Division 3 | Monroe: No. 31 in Division 1]
Riverview final week clinched its second consecutive outright Huron League title with a 52-14 blowout win over rival Grosse Ile. The Pirates this season at the moment are averaging 40.5 factors per recreation, their highest scoring common since 2013. They’ll have an opportunity to finish an undefeated nine-game common season for the primary time since 2004 once they go to Monroe. The Trojans snapped a four-game slide final week with a convincing 56-7 win over Ann Arbor Pioneer.
Riverview is comfortably within the playoff image no matter what the result’s. A win wouldn’t solely enhance them to 9-0 however would in all probability knock Monroe out of the postseason, barring different leads to Division 1.
This would be the first assembly between the 2 colleges since 1979 once they had been members of the previous Nice Lakes Eight Affiliation.
DEARBORN HEIGHTS CRESTWOOD (6-2, 6-1 WWAC) @ NEW BOSTON HURON (4-4, 4-3 Huron League)
[Crestwood: No. 25 in Division 2 | Huron: No. 34 in Division 4]
One other massive matchup within the space with main playoff implications highlights Huron enjoying host to Crestwood in a non-league tilt. After beginning the season 0-3, Huron has responded by profitable 4 of its final 5 video games general, together with a 16-8 victory over rival Flat Rock final week. The Chiefs immediately discover themselves within the hunt for a playoff spot however they may virtually absolutely have to win to get in. Such a end result over a top quality D2 program like Dearborn Heights Crestwood would suffice. The Chargers although are enjoying good ball themselves, having received 4 straight following a 27-14 victory over Backyard Metropolis final week.
Opposite to Huron, Crestwood seems to be secure even with a loss on Friday. The Chiefs are 5-0 all-time in opposition to the Chargers which features a 34-0 victory at Crestwood final season when Huron was 4-1 and Crestwood was 5-0 on the time.
FLAT ROCK (2-6, 1-6 Huron League) @ LIVONIA CLARENCEVILLE (7-1, Unbiased)
[Flat Rock: No. 35 in Division 5 | Clarenceville: No.11 in Division 5]
Just like another groups beforehand talked about on this preview, factors have been arduous to come back by for Flat Rock as of late. After the loss to Huron, the Rams have tallied simply 28 mixed factors throughout their five-game shedding skid. All of that stated, they’re just a few spots out of a playoff spot in Division 5. Nevertheless, they’ve a troublesome job forward of them as they go to Livonia Clarenceville, who bounced again from a Week 7 loss to Berkley with a 46-41 win over Tecumseh final week. The seven wins for the Trojans are already probably the most in a single season since they went 11-1 in 2013.
This can be simply the third-ever assembly between the 2 colleges and the primary since a home-and-home collection in 1996-97. Ought to Flat Rock pull off the upset highway win, there’s a sturdy probability they qualify for the playoffs regardless of what could be a 3-6 report.
GROSSE ILE (2-6, 1-6 Huron League) @ CLINTON TWP CLINTONDALE (4-4, 3-2 MAC-Silver Division)
[Grosse Ile: No. 48 in Division 5 | Clintondale: No. 21 in Division 6]
The 52 factors allowed to Riverview final week was probably the most that Grosse Ile has given up in a recreation for the reason that Pirates dropped 60 on them final season. Offensively, the Purple Devils have averaged simply 10 factors in seven video games performed since they put up 40 manner again in Week 1 in a win over Riverview Gabriel Richard. Playoffs are out of the query this yr for Grosse Ile, they may look to finish what has in any other case been a disappointing season on a excessive observe once they go to Clinton Township Clintondale for some non-league motion. The Dragons are on their option to one other playoff look, which might be their fifteenth within the 23 years below the present playoff construction. They’ve pitched back-to-back shutout wins, final week a 34-0 victory over Detroit College Prep Science & Math.
Grosse Ile is 5-0 all-time in opposition to Clintondale, which features a 36-8 win within the season finale a season in the past.
RIVERVIEW GABRIEL RICHARD (2-5, 1-3 CHSL-INT 1) @ WATERFORD OUR LADY/LAKES (1-7, 1-4 CHSL-INT 2)
[Gabriel Richard: No. 35 in Division 8 | Our Lady of the Lakes: No. 47 in Division 8]
The 31-7 victory on the highway at Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood final week was a giant one on a number of ranges for Riverview Gabriel Richard. It not solely snapped a three-game shedding streak for the Pioneers, it additionally launched them up the totem pole of playoff spots in Division 8. The place Richard has benefited is their first even opponents having a mixed mark of 26-30 and all being a better division. 5 of the Pioneers’ first seven opponents are slotted in Division 4 or 5. They will finish the season on a excessive observe and, with some assist, sneak into the D8 playoffs ought to they care for enterprise on the highway at Waterford Our Woman of the Lakes on Friday. Our Woman has dropped 4 straight and is 1-14 for the reason that begin of final season.
Richard is 1-15 all-time in opposition to Our Woman, nevertheless the one win was by forfeit again in 2015, which was additionally the final time the 2 colleges met on the gridiron.
ALLEN PARK CABRINI (4-4, 2-3 CHSL-INT 2) @ DETROIT VOYAGEUR PREP (3-5, 1-3 CSC-West Division)
[Cabrini: No. 32 in Division 8 | Voyageur: No. 45 in Division 6]
It was an important 34-13 win at house over Our Woman of the Lakes final week for Cabrini because it saved them in place to carry down a playoff spot in Division 8. It’s wins in two of their final three video games after opening the yr 2-3 (a type of wins being by forfeit). In the meantime for Detroit Voyageur Prep, they haven’t performed since Week 7 as they earned a win by forfeit over Harper Woods Chandler Park final week.
It’s principally “win and also you’re in” for Cabrini whereas a loss would just about knock them out. This would be the third-ever assembly between the 2 colleges, all coming since 2018. They cut up the primary two matchups.
ROMULUS (3-5, 2-5 WWAC) @ ROMULUS SUMMIT ACADEMY (6-2, 4-0 CSC-West Division)
[Romulus: No. 39 in Division 4 | Summit Academy: No. 32 in Division 4]
Crosstown rivals will conflict in a non-league battle that has main playoff implications in Division 4. Romulus Summit Academy’s standing in D4 took a giant hit final week once they fell 22-0 to Warren Michigan Collegiate within the Constitution Convention title recreation. Regardless of the strong 6-2 mark, Summit’s playoff level complete is hindered by the standard of its competitors. Six of the Dragons’ 9 opponents this season are located in Division 6 or decrease. Nevertheless, a win over metropolis rival Romulus would give them playoff appearances in every of the final two full seasons of highschool soccer. In the meantime for Romulus, they muscled by a 22-14 win over Redford Thurston final week to snap a three-game slide.
Just like Cabrini, it’s a win-or-go-home spot for Summit with Romulus serving the function of spoiler. The 2 groups solely began assembly in soccer in 2018. Summit has received each conferences; they nevertheless didn’t face one another in final yr’s pandemic-shortened marketing campaign.
SOUTHFIELD ARTS & TECH (2-6, 1-5 OAA-Purple Division) @ RIVER ROUGE (5-2, Unbiased)
[Southfield: No. 47 in Division 1 | River Rouge: No. 18 in Division 3]
It’s been an odd season scheduling clever for River Rouge. They’d a real bye final week, their second one this season after being handed a win by forfeit over Hamtramck again in Week 4. The Panthers additionally needed to enterprise right down to Cleveland and play Ohio state energy St Ignatius again in Week 5. The Week 9 tilt at house in opposition to Southfield Arts & Tech can be simply the second house recreation of the season for Rouge, each coming of their remaining two video games. That is the sixth season that Southfield A&T has performed soccer for the reason that college district merged its two excessive colleges again in 2016. After going 8-4 in 2016, the Warriors have gone simply 16-26 since. They enter this contest having misplaced 5 straight.
Will probably be the third all-time assembly between Rouge and Southfield with the Panthers having received each conferences in 2018 and ’19. Even with a loss, Rouge is comfortably within the Division 3 playoffs.
ALEX: River Rouge
FRANK: River Rouge