Simon Roennecke, a junior on Bloomfield Hills Roeper’s boys soccer team, had missed the last 14 games with a torn hamstring.
Tuesday, in his first game back, Roennecke scored five goals for Roeper in its 7-1 win over Dearborn Riverside Academy-West in the first round of the Division 4 district playoffs.
All five of his goals came in the first half.
“He’s a special player,” Roeper coach Ed Sack said of the Roennecke, who scored all four goals in his team’s 4-2 win over Grand Rapids Covenant Christian in the Division 4 state finals last year. “This was the very first time he was able to play (since tearing his hamstring). He’s really the backbone of our team.”
Nate Lee and Nate Moskowitz scored for Roeper (5-12-1) in the second half.
Riverside Academy-West’s only score came on an own goal by Roeper.
“They scored on us without ever taking a shot,” Sack said.
He said despite the win, goalkeeper Calvin Lind, who has been strong in net for most of the season, learned a valuable lesson.
“I was disappointed from the leadership in the back,” Sack said. “He learned a lesson about how to lead from the back better today.”
Sack said his goal is to see his team repeat its district title, and that he would like to see it repeat as D4 champion — after winning the first title in school history a year ago. However, Roeper has been shorthanded down the stretch, missing seven starters at one point.
“It’s been hard,” Sack said.
Two key starters for Roeper are still out of the lineup. Jerry Flynn (undisclosed) and Ben Goldberg (fractured clavicle) have missed significant time.
Sack said he expects Goldberg to be back soon — perhaps in time for Roeper’s semifinal game next Tuesday — while Flynn is out for the rest of the season.
“I bet he will,” Sack said of Goldberg’s chances to be cleared next week. “He looks like he’s good.”
Roeper will play Madison Heights Bishop Foley — which beat Detroit Cristo Rey 3-2 — next Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Bishop Foley.
More boys soccer district scores
Adrian 3, Carleton Airport 0
Ann Arbor Greenhills 4, Blissfield 0
Berkley 2, Troy 1 (OT)
Birmingham Seaholm 2, Birmingham Brother Rice 1
Bloomfield Hills 3, Southfield-Lathrup 1.
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood 1, Holly 0 (Cranbrook won 5-4 on penalty kicks)
Chelsea 5, Jackson Northwest 0
Clarkston 5, Waterford Kettering 2
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 3, Sterling Heights 0
Davison 3, Waterford Mott 2
Dexter 3, Parma Western 0
Fraser 3, Sterling Heights Stevenson 2
Grand Blanc 1, Swartz Creek 0
Grosse Pointe North 8, East Detroit 0
Linden 2, Orchard Lake St. Mary 1
Madison Heights Bishop Foley 3, Detroit Cristo Rey 2
Manchester 3, Ann Arbor Rudolf Steiner 2
Milan 8, Romulus 0
Milford 2, White Lake Lakeland 1
Oxford 1, Lake Orion 0
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 1, Fenton 0
Rochester Adams 2, Rochester 0
Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest 6, Dryden 0
Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 8, Pontiac 0
Roseville 2, Warren Mott 0
Royal Oak 1, Birmingham Groves 0
Southfield Christian 4, Madison Heights Madison 0
Tecumseh 5, New Boston Huron 1
Troy Athens 4, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 0
Walled Lake Northern 4, South Lyon 0
Warren De La Salle 2, St. Clair Shores Lakeview 1
Ypsilanti Community 2, Monroe Jefferson 1
New Baltimore Anchor Bay d. Chippewa Valley, 25-0, 25-0, 25-18