When a team wins a soccer match 7-0 like Livonia Franklin did Tuesday night against visiting Wayne Memorial, there are enough accolades piled up to fill an 18-yard box.
The lopsided result improved the Patriots’ record to 2-2-1. It was the first KLAA South Division contest for both teams.
Senior Bobby Mandrink received the most praise from Franklin head coach Vic Rodopoulos – and for good reason.
Mandrink scored two goals and assisted on two others in a break-out performance.
“Of all the things Bobby has improved on the most since last year, I’d say his willingness to go forward is No. 1,” Rodopoulos said. “His ball control on the dribble has improved tremendously, too. We recently moved him from defense to the mid-field and he’s enjoying the change.”
Single-goal scorers for the Patriots were Matt Conley, Jordan Whitt, Tyler Forrest, Brandon Sanders and Domenico Pelle.
The shut-out was split between Ryan Prohaska (first half) and Zach Robinson (second half).
“I liked the way we were able to progress the ball down the field tonight,” Rodopoulos observed. “We had a lot of three touches.
“I was impressed by how composed Wayne played tonight. And their No. 7 is quick and he has very good ball skills.”
Franklin’s back wall of defenders made life easier than usual for their keepers. Those included in the rotation were Nate Iacoban, David Shoemaker, Mike Theisen, Trevor Hayes, Sean O’Connell and Nick McNabb.
Spartans blank East
Dominating play to the tune of a 29-1 shot differential, Livonia Stevenson rocked visiting South Lyon East, 4-0, Tuesday night in the KLAA Central Division opener for both teams.
The Spartans improved to 5-1 overall while SLE slipped to 0-3.
Stevenson’s Brandon Navarro was in a giving mood as he dished out three assists – two to senior mid-fielder Tyler Gregory and a third to defender Max Hoover.
The Spartans never trailed after Hoover’s goal, which came in the 25th minute.
Both of Gregory’s net-finders sandwich a Christian Zapata goal, which was assisted by Ian Henzi.
Stevenson’s third team shutout of the season was shared by Austin Kaczmarek and Adam Bixby.
Nicola Macellan turned away 13 shots for East.