Birmingham Roeper’s Max Whipple is asked to do one job for his team this season — score.
And following Roeper’s 5-1 romp at Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest to clinch the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference Blue Division title, the junior forward not only fulfilled his duty Thursday night, he did one better.
Thanks to a two-goal performance, Whipple broke the all-time school record of 30 goals set by Eric Righetti in 1996.
Spenser Solys tied it in 2011.
But Roeper head coach Ed Sack wasn’t surprised.
He’s the kind of player who has “a gift for finding the net,” Sack said. “If anyone was going to break it, it was going to be him.”
And Roeper is the kind of team that doesn’t run up scores, “so all his goals were quality ones,” Sack said.
“At least 80 percent of the games we play are against teams that are ranked top 10 in the state.”
But Whipple wasn’t the only one who contributed.
Freshman Simon Roennecke scored two goals, including one from the 18-yard box.
“That’s more than impressive for a freshman,” Sack said, referring to his 21 career goals.
Heading into tonight’s game, Sack said the plan was simply to “eliminate passes in the box, force them to play on the ground, pressure their midfielders.”
And that’s exactly what we did, he said.
Roeper (14-4, 11-3) finished with 15 shots on goal, only two more than Lutheran Northwest (7-9-1).
Ontario McDonald scored the lone goal for Lutheran Northwest.
Andrew Thurlow is a freelance writer