How No. 3-ranked Northville girls soccer found the winning recipe

Let’s make it make sense, shall we?

The Northville girls soccer team did not return any all-state players this spring.

What’s more, the Mustangs brought in a new coach, one who has jumbled up the roster by having players switch positions, even benching some returning starters for backups.

And also sprinkle in the fact they play in one of the toughest leagues in the state, the Kensington Lakes Activities Association, which currently has four teams ranked in Division 1, including defending state champion Hartland.

That sounds like the recipe for a bonafide rebuild project, for sure, right?

Well, actually, Northville is far, far from that.

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Right now, it’s, one, undefeated, two, on a collision course with Salem and Hartland to see who is going to win the KLAA-West and, three, ranked third in the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association’s most recent poll.

Exactly which recipe book is the Mustangs following right now? Because this isn’t your typical cookie-cutter rebuild.

Northville's Emily Takahashi (right) moves the ball past White Lake Lakeland's Zeena Ahmed during a non-conference girls soccer game on Saturday, May 7, 2022.

“Is there a recipe ?!” first-year coach Jeannine Reddy asked with a smile. “I don’t know ?!”

Yes, that’s right. The Mustangs’ new coach is THAT Reddy. You know the one who has spent the past 18 years roaming the sidelines at Canton, from the club and travel ranks up to the varsity level.

The same Reddy who took the Chiefs to the 2016 state championship.

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