Marine City girls soccer aims to build off stunning 2023 turnaround

MACOMB — When the Marine City girls soccer team left the field Thursday, it was met with a standing ovation.

The Mariners had just suffered an 8-0 loss to Macomb Lutheran North in a Division 3 district quarterfinal. But that didn’t stop fans from acknowledging what their team had accomplished — the rejuvenation of a program once on life support.

A remarkable turnaround ended that night, as Marine City, one year removed from an 0-14 record, finished the 2023 season at 10-3-1.

“This season had its own shape and form to it,” said Marine City coach Mark Diskin, whose team also won the MAC Gold championship earlier this month. “I could teach the younger players and they were receptive like sponges. They were open to the new information, applied it and got better. It helped support the core of seniors … that’s what really helped our team, is that first-year players listened, they tried and then they started to succeed.”