BOYS SOCCER: Roeper star Whipple hard to stop on the pitch, keeps notching goals as team keeps winning |
BIRMINGHAM – From the start of the season, Birmingham Roeper’s Max Whipple has been racking up goals at an alarming rate.
One of the state’s top junior forwards, Whipple has netted 38 goals so far this the season, leading the Roughriders to a 19-4 record and a trip to the Division 4 final four.
He put in one last Thursday night in Roeper 's 3-1 win over Grosse Pointe Woods University of Liggett to help the Roughriders take home its first regional championship in nine years.
Roeper head coach Ed Sack said Whipple simply has the “it” factor and one of the best "noses for the goal" he's ever seen.
“Some people just have it,” Sack said. “You can be a really good shot, you can be a really good athlete, you can be around the goal but when pressure hits, you miss the frame, you can be an opportunist and you can be a finisher where you have composure around the net. He is a finisher and he is a gamer, he’s composed when he’s around those opportunities and he’s in the right place at the right time.”
Despite closing in on 40 goals on the season while playing in just 23 matches, Whipple remains modest, crediting his teammates who have all proven to be good facilitators and have helped aid several Roeper forwards on their goals.
“It’s all my teammates,” he said. “I have Simon (Roennecke) who has 20 assists to me we have so many players who can pass the ball and distribute and they just seem to get me the ball at the right time and I’ve just been lucky enough to put the ball in the back of the net when I need to and help us win games.”
Joining Whipple at the top of the Roeper attack has been freshman Simon Roennecke, who has tallied 28 goals of his own on the year, including two goals in the regional semifinal and final.
Sack said that with the type of season that Whipple has been having in 2013, he can’t figure out why his junior forward isn’t more highly regarded at the Division 4 level considering the success he’s had all season long/
“It’s unfortunate that people look at him and don’t see him as one of the best players in D-4 because I don’t know who’s stopped him this year,"he said." Everyone comes up with an excuse, but he continues to score and he’s scored in every single game in the tournament. Every single one. Both he and Simon have and we’ve played some very good teams along the way and they’re humble and they work hard.”
Whipple and Roeper will next be in action on Wednesday, October 30TH at Troy Athens high school, where the Roughriders will be playing for a spot in the Division 4 state finals against Lansing Christian in the semis.Tweet