Roughriders reach final
Birmingham Roeper rolls past Harbor Beach 6-0 on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 to reach Michigan High School Athletic Association boys soccer final
Division 4 No. 4-ranked Birmingham Roeper advanced to its first Michigan High School Athletic Association boys soccer championship game since 1995 with an overpowering 6-0 victory over Harbor Beach on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Troy Athens.
The Roughriders scored four goals in a six-minute span in the first half to race to a commanding lead before benching most of its starters
“Things got going in a hurry,” longtime Roughriders head coach Ed Sack told reporters.
Senior Max Whipple scored four goals on the night for Roeper. Sophomore Simon Roennecke and junior Jake Flynn added goals for the Roughriders. Roennecke and Trace Sheerin each had two assists on the night.
Junior goalkeeper Calvin Lind stopped three shots in net to pick up his 11th shutout of the season.
Roeper improved to 23-1-0 with the victory. Harbor Creek finished its season at 22-4-0.
The Roughriders will face No. 3-ranked Grand Rapids Covenant Christian in Saturday’s final. Covenant beat No. 7 Muskegon Western Michigan Christian 3-0 in its semifinal.
Roeper reached its only MHSAA final in 1995, falling to Muskegon Western Michigan Christian 3-1 in the Class D final a driving snow storm at Lowell High School. Roeper finished that season 20-1-1. Longtime Roeper athletic director Ernie Righetti’s son, Eric, was a member of that Roeper team. Sack was an assistant coach on that team.