Highlight Reel: 2014 Boys Soccer Finals

November 1, 2014

The 2014 MHSAA boys soccer season came to an end Saturday with four championship games, all broadcast live on MHSAA.tv. Here are highlights from all four – and click this link to watch the games in full.

Division 1

One To Remember For Ren - In the 14th minute of the Division 1 Boys Soccer Final, Jason Ren chips the ball into the goal for Canton - the game's only score – that eventually gives the Chiefs a 1-0 victory over Rochester Adams.

Division 2

Cranes Tie It Up - Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood overcame a 2-0 deficit against East Lansing in the Division 2 Boys Soccer Final. Ken Kernen ties the score with a goal off a throw-in. East Lansing prevailed in overtime, 4-3.

Irvine Goes Top Shelf - Cranbrook's third unanswered goal came from Cullin Irvine with about 15 minutes left in the second half.

Elmedin's Equalizer - East Lansing ties the score with 6:33 to play when Elmedin Celovic scores his second goal of the game.

Jones Comes Up Big Again - Early in overtime, East Lansing's DeJuan Jones scores to give the Trojans a 4-3 lead that would hold up in the Division Final with Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood. In the Semifinal, Jones had a key goal against Mason that sent that game to overtime.

Division 3

Timmer on the Header - The lone goal of the Division 3 Boys Soccer Final came early in the first half when Hudsonville Unity Christian's Jared Timmer headed a long free kick into the net.

Second Look At Timmer's Goal - Here's a replay of Jared Timmer's goal for Hudsonville Unity Christian in its 1-0 Division 3 victory over Williamston.

Division 4

Fancy Footwork - Covenant Christian's Colin Riemersma shows a little fancy footwork to tie the Division 4 title game up in the first half. Riemersma scored twice in the game, but Birmingham Roeper prevailed, 4-2.

Roennecke Hat Trick #1 - Simon Roennecke gives Birmingham Roeper a 3-1 lead with his third goal of the game.

Roennecke Hat Trick # 2 – Natural - Simon Roennecke finishes his four-goal game with a natural hat trick, scoring the final tally with eight minutes to play for Birmingham Roeper.

Roy's Homecoming Success Continues for Division 1 Contender Clarkston

By Keith Dunlap
Special for MHSAA.com

September 28, 2023

For Sebi Roy, there’s definitely been no place like home.

Greater DetroitJust as last season started, Roy moved back to his hometown of Clarkston to play high school soccer after spending roughly 1½ years training with Major League Soccer’s Cincinnati FC as part of the MLS Next program. 

Going from training with a professional organization to high school soccer might seem like a major downgrade to the average soccer follower, but it hasn’t been the case at all for Roy.

“It’s great to go from a super high skill ceiling where every touch matters, to something a little bit more free,” he said. “I know a lot more people and it’s a great way to get confidence. I didn’t get a whole lot of training in Cincy, and back here I get so much more individual training in general. Getting the touches and getting development was crucial.”

Ever since Roy came back to Clarkston last year, opponents have certainly wished he stayed in Cincinnati. 

It’s especially been the case this year, as Roy, a center forward, has been just about unstoppable. 

The 6-foot-3 Roy entered Thursday with 15 goals and five assists over 11 games despite being the constant focal point of opposing defenses and playing in arguably the state’s toughest league, the Oakland Activities Association Red.

Against 2022 Division 1 champion Rochester Adams, Roy scored five goals in a 7-3 win. 

Clarkston head coach Ian Jones said he hadn’t even met Roy before last year, then heard rumors from others on that team he was coming back in town.

Still, Roy showed up after tryouts had ended, so Jones had Roy go through a personal two-day tryout. 

It obviously didn’t take long for Jones to realize Roy was too good to not have on the team, and that was reinforced during the first game last year when he scored a goal on his first touch of the game. Roy went on to make the Division 1 all-state first team as Clarkston finished 16-5-2 and reached the Regional Finals.

Jones, who has professional experience playing in England and has coached for more than 20 years in the United States, said Roy definitely has the tools to be a professional player.

Clarkston's Sebi Roy monitors the action against Oxford.“I’ve never seen anything like him,” he said. “He’s got unbelievable touch. He’s left-footed and right-footed. He’s got vision and strength. It’s fun to watch him, forget coaching him. You find yourself watching him in games because he’s so good.”

Roy’s father is Travis Roy, who in 1991 won the state's Mr. Soccer Award playing for Livonia Stevenson before going on to play in college at Wisconsin.

Also on the Clarkston team this year is Roy’s brother, Fagan, who is a freshman. 

Sebi Roy said his dad started him in soccer “as soon as he could walk,” and he has loved it so much that he hasn’t dabbled in any other sport.

Despite already getting a small taste of what professional soccer would be like, Roy said he prefers to play in college and is still in the process of determining the best spot. 

Asked if there’s any top professional player he likes to emulate, the answer was a hard no.

“I want to be my own person,” he said.

Thanks to Roy’s production and a core of other talented players who could be playing at the next level, Clarkston earlier this month achieved a program first – the No. 1 ranking in Division 1. 

Clarkston (9-1-1) is down to No. 4 this week after losing its first game last Thursday, a 2-1 decision at now-No. 2 Oxford.

There could soon be a rematch, as Clarkston and Oxford are in the same District in the upcoming Division 1 tournament. 

If the teams meet again, Oxford will know the main player to stop – and Clarkston will know the main player to ride as it pursues what would be a first state title in boys soccer. (The Wolves were Division 1 runners-up in 2007).

“He’s the most dangerous player we’ve seen by far,” Oxford coach Adam Bican said. “His size, his athleticism, and his IQ is off the chart. He’s so dangerous, and he has one of the better shots I’ve seen. He’s a pure finisher.”

Keith DunlapKeith Dunlap has served in Detroit-area sports media for more than two decades, including as a sportswriter at the Oakland Press from 2001-16 primarily covering high school sports but also college and professional teams. His bylines also have appeared in USA Today, the Washington Post, the Detroit Free Press, the Houston Chronicle and the Boston Globe. He served as the administrator for the Oakland Activities Association’s website from 2017-2020. Contact him at [email protected] with story ideas for Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties

(Photos by Keith Dunlap.)