By Ian Perrotta
Three Fridays ago Hamtramck High’s soccer team played its final match of the season in the Michigan High School Athletic Association District Finals against the Ferndale Eagles.
But after a remarkable District Tournament run that saw the team outscore their opponents 14-1, the Cosmos were narrowly defeated 1-0 by a golden goal in overtime.
The loss was perhaps the low point of an otherwise terrific season. The varsity team finished with an impressive 8-6-1 record, scoring 53 goals to their opponents’ 26 — not bad for a group of kids barely old enough to drive. Top goal scorer Awad Almaisari contributed 23 goals and racked up a hat trick in two games.
While the Cosmos played terrifically this season, next year promises to be even more exciting. Because the team will only lose five seniors to graduation, it will remain largely intact. Additionally, about a dozen players from Kosciuszko Middle School’s soccer team, which was this year’s champion of the Dearborn League, have already committed to joining the Cosmos.
“The young talent we have in the soccer program is amazing,” said Hamtramck’s Athletic Director Adam Mused. “They live, breathe and eat soccer. And the team is a microcosm of the city. They may be from different countries but on the field they all speak the same language.”
For those who weren’t following the team throughout the season, here are some final statistics:
Hamtramck High School JV/Varsity Soccer 2009
Hamtramck vs. DCC W 5-0
Hamtramck vs. Detroit Western T 1-1
Hamtramck vs. Lutheran North L 0-3
Hamtramck vs. Cranbrook Kingswood L 0-5
Hamtramck vs. Clarenceville L 1-4
Hamtramck vs. Harper Woods W 5-0
Hamtramck vs. Romulus W 4-0
Hamtramck vs. Manoogian Southfield W 4-0
Hamtramck vs. Redford Union W 7-1
Metro Conference Tournament
Hamtramck vs. Harper Woods W 8-1
Hamtramck vs. Cranbrook Kingswood L 2-4
Hamtramck vs. Clarenceville L 2-4
Hamtramck vs. Redford Thurston W 8-1
Hamtramck vs. Hazel Park W 6-1
Hamtramck vs. Ferndale L 0-1
Amir Ribic Alex Mitaj
Mosad Nagii Mohamed Acharbek
Mohamad Obahi Remzi Alazrak
Bojgoric Benjamin Awad Almaisari
Sadaam Fadhel Leon Malay
Ali Almaisari Hasib Lekic
Namor Nashma Adis Hasic
Goyhor Soneona Danijel Fallah