Houghton Lake Sets High Goals With Senior-Heavy Roster

HOUGHTON LAKE — The Houghton Lake girls soccer team was one of two northern Michigan squads ranked in the┬áMichigan High School Soccer Coaches Association rankings, coming in at No. 14.

The Bobcats have been dominant to start the year, winning all six of their games and recording shutouts in each matchup. A key to their success: experience.

Houghton Lake is loaded with experience, with 11 seniors on the roster.

“We’re like a family, and we all work so well together,” senior Lainey Meigs said. “And it’s really nice, and we can depend on each other, and that’s why I think we do so well and we succeed.”

A majority of those seniors have helped the Bobcats win back-to-back district titles.

“These girls move without the ball,” Houghton Lake head coach Darren Barnes said. “They go into wide open areas. They communicate really well. And that’s what leads to winning soccer. So, they’re really nice to have, easy to coach.”

Knowing their strengths, the team has set high goals for this year.

“We have a lot of fun, and we love each other. And we want to get better,” senior Ellie Connett said. “We want to win states, we want to get to states, and that’s our goal.”

The Bobcats begin their pursuit of a third straight district title and deep postseason run on May 23 when they open up their Div. 4 district tournament against Buckley.

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