Birmingham Brother Rice hosted Catholic League rival Warren De La Salle in boys soccer on Tuesday evening, and fell short after a back-and-forth affair, 4-3.
Not many coaches have had the success of Brother Rice’s Barry Brodsky, who has been at the helm since 2008.
Brodsky won the Division 1 boys soccer state title that year and he also coaches Bloomfield Hills Marian girls soccer, leading it to five Division 2 state championships.
The veteran head coach clearly knows how to win, but his team struggled defensively throughout Tuesday’s first league contest.
After taking a 1-0 lead five minutes into the game, De La Salle (5-3-2, 1-0) evened it up by halftime. Just 14 minutes into the second, Brother Rice regained the lead, but allowed De La Salle to tiw it just a minute later.
“We’re not going to win any games if we give up four goals,” Brodsky stated. “We blew a one-goal lead twice.”
Two of De La Salle’s goals were off restarts and Brother Rice failed to mark the offensive player on one corner, allowing a crucial header past the goalie.
Dylan Daye played well, scoring a goal for Brother Rice (5-4-1, 0-1). Senior captain Michael Cummins also earned his coach’s praise, adding an assistant on the first goal by Christian Hajjar.
“He was explosive,” Brodsky said of Cummins.
Brodsky knows what his team is capable of, but a sluggish start to Catholic League action isn’t ideal.
“It’s huge to get off to a good start in league play,” Brodsky said. “To lose the first game at home isn’t (a good start). We dug ourselves a hole.”
Brother Rice will travel to Detroit U-D Jesuit Thursday and De La Salle will host Detroit Catholic Central.
New Haven def. Madison Heights Madison 25-9, 25-12, 25-17: Kala Marshall had 13 serves, 11 digs and three aces, JaTerra Bowie finished with nine digs and Marshayla Gonzales recorded three serves for Madison (1-2).
Novi def. South Lyon 25-21, 25-14, 25-15: Aryanna Cannon had 14 kills, Ally Cummings finished with 17 digs, Erin O’Leary added 29 assists and Kaylee Peterson had 11 digs for Novi (13-1).
Troy Athens def. Troy 25-20, 25-20, 26-24: Elise Leverenz had 55 digs, seven service points, three aces and three kills, Liz LaRochelle finished with six kills, three blocks, nine digs, seven service points and two aces, Alexis Van Hoef recorded six kills, 26 digs, six service points, three blocks and two aces and Shreya Balusu added four kills, 10 digs, 10 service points and a block for Athens (2-0).