Boys varsity soccer takes the win at the MAC White Regionals

O'hara Diamond '23, Staff Writer

Boys Varsity Soccer celebrates a big win at regionals against Salem and Monroe. They’re headed to states to take on Anchor Bay. Photo courtesy: (Nick Listas)

The time has finally come for students to go to school in person. This means sports teams can begin practicing again, and students can experience being a part of a team. Boys varsity soccer is just one of many teams at South that have had a great season and had the opportunity to participate in Division I states.

This year’s team had great chemistry and according to Evan Brown ’23, they are the “best boys soccer team in South history” Most of these boys have been playing together since they were young, so it was easy to work as a team. Junior captain Lucas Frye said there was a strong team bond this year.

“We played well and meshed well together,” Frye said. “We had fun doing whatever we had to do.”

According to Frye, some of their most successful wins were against Salem and Edsel Ford. The team only had three losses this season. The varsity team was able to make it to regionals, which they prepared for going over tactics and studying how the other teams would play.

Players were able to show their skill on a bigger stage when they won their regional’s game. Frye said they had the opportunity to show people what Grosse Pointe is really like. This is the first time the team won MAC White and Division I regionals since 2006.

“It felt really good to win regionals because we have never gotten that far as a team before,” Frye said.

Senior captain Nick Litsas ’22 said going into their final game at states brought a mix of emotions. They lost the game, which Litasas said was especially difficult for the seniors. Litsas said he enjoyed his last season of soccer at Grosse Pointe South.

“It was a great feeling winning regionals and earning our spot in the final four,” Litsas said.

Although they fell short in semifinals against Anchor Bay, Litsas felt that his team more than proved that they belonged amongst the very best teams in the state. He was happy to have led this team with his two fellow captains and is proud of what they have accomplished this year.

“I can only hope the teams that come after us can show that same commitment to each other,” Litsas said. “That’s what will help push them even further and maybe even to the first title in our school’s history.”

He said that his captains came up with three goals for the team this season: beat North, win the league and win regionals.

“We did it all,” Litsas said.