STATE CHAMPS! at the 2019 MHSAA Boys Soccer FinalsFeb 18, 2020
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finalsare presented by Lawrence Technological University where the Blue Devils dare, also presented by the Michigan High School Athletic Association, who promote the value and values of educational athletics and the hungry Hallie's, famous for its flavor, hello and welcome to another special presentation of
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soccerstate championship. Joining me here on set is Dan Stick. Randy is our man who covered football all year for us. He loves this because he covers the sport. Dan, thanks for being here again. right another exciting season is in the bag yeah what what what how could you sum up as we go into the state
finalsthe highlights what this season has been overall I think you saw all four championships in the MHSA the winners were all ranked top 5 enter in 30 minutes all state powers rose to the top in the end the cream always rises to the top this particular year let's start in Division two let's go to Novi I'm Chuck Behler ito and let's see the Novi Pointe Woods University of Liggett Knights high school girls division four
soccerfinals reached 18 to win one seeking their first state title in school history Muskegon West Michigan Christian warriors 18 2 & 3 won the law in 2010 and this group is looking to do it again 1st half michael massamba steals from the knives deep in his own end fast store keep his sword sam right there with the save and we go scoreless at half liggett trying to press to the Warriors to start the second Doug Wood passes steward Smith has some space puts the shot on target but Jamison Gorman is there with the dive save to keep the warriors off the board Marcus Weigel passes from midfield down to Matthew Summers we moved on to Stuart Smith but just a little too much on that as Gorman comes off goal to get save time down to a regulation time no one under is what gives the throw in around some warrior shots but gorman there with a dogwood dive save with second chance for gorman able to get up high enough to send us into overtime warriors stop the good try clear and ashtyn leverages it back shortly bayern have some space takes a shot bounces it into a dive sam espadas arms scoreless after 80 minutes we're headed for a penalty shootout first up it's the Knights ligator sending Matthew Summers to the line he goes right Gorman guests left Liggett up 1-nothing counter warriors with Brandon Flay's he goes to the left and pins him in the corner just outside spade range shootouts tied at one each Liggett returns with Stuart Smith but Gorman dives right in front of him and appears with the brother saved and the Bayern approaching the warriors, he goes to the left and Sam dives and puts his hand on him to hit him.
That's one goal, one saved for each side now. He shakes Manas, number three for the Knights. He also goes to the left. Gorman, able to hit him. We're still tied at one. Charlie L, free to take his shot for West Michigan. he puts his arm in it keeping this as close as we can get two blocks for these two amazing goalies Nicholson will be looking to break the tie for Liggett but Gorman won't let that happen he has to back off on this Nicholson can't think so but that's three blocks to gorman now isaac van hoven steps up for western michigan christian goes straight for the spade can't get down fast enough beats him five hole warriors till last chance fours if no one who hold one can get this one on let's sudden death under the snow with kick execution Gorman dives and blocks his fourth penalty Muskegon off Lee's West Michigan Christian to his first state title since 2010 in impressive fashion stopping four of five penalties to win one nothing and take home hardware there is overwhelmed with emotion so i'm very happy right now i just think i'm going to save every one of them that was my goal that was my mindset so colleges hope to save every one or just give my team the best chance to win I knew one two and eventually it's going to cause a spike shootout so I didn't expect not to go in that I like our chances in the spike shootout so I'm going to do tours on ski and we will still not buy for the Division two finals the two teams looking for their first day titles the Melvindale Cardinals came in at 16 3 and 2 the first time they made it past the regional round or still the Northern Huskies they came undefeated 2200 and 1 were runners up last year and in 2015 they lost both in a shootout hoping things will be different this time around the middle of the first half and FHN awarded a penalty kick.
Huskies take early lead Simon Skerritt receives the pass up the sideline continues to work towards the net jumps towards Cardinals on his way and shoots a shot on goal, but Castillo comes out of the net to prevent Cardinals from punting and we hold a goal. game in the half huskies keep the pressure coming scar-h passes towards goal and cardolan home is there to receive the pass to steal we are out of the net but this ends up just going and cardinals turn to apply some pressure now a loss on yaya on the free kick he is headed by a husky but Carlos Mirta chases after him shoots on goal Jonathon Keeler saves him unharmed 15 minutes to go Forest Hills pushing north scar-h passes Nate Metcalf passing quickly to Lubbock Tillie because he comes out from the net, but Tilley dances and pushes him off the left side.
The Huskies increase their lead to nil. The clock is ticking on a FHN trying to make sure there's no chance of overtime this year. Andrew Kramer passes towards the middle alpha. Carlo advances to make Metcalfe's foot and into goal Bukka steals there to make the save and it wouldn't be enough, Grand Rapids Forest Hills, north of Melvindale by a score to ring the buzzer to win his first state title, finished with an undefeated
2019champagne yeah I mean we haven't we've been scored on just four times in this playoffs and all of them were when I wasn't on the field so yeah everyone knows that uh we've had a history of losing state finals it's nice to finally break that standard we knew with so many guys coming back we had a chance again and we knew we could make it here and I mean it was a lot of work but it was no surprise ok welcome back in from champ state Sports Network studio dan stick right here we're talking Division two and Division four so Grand Rapids Forest Hills north right unbeaten great two year run for them and of course Saturday no difference came in in championship 45 one and two run over the last couple of seasons they only lost last year's finale in a shootout and that went to Detroit Country Day this time they finished year twenty three oh one one Dan last year runner up the champion of this year just sums up what it is for Sears Northern right now, you know, 14 senior Westerns came back, I think 17 players total, so this was what they were waiting for and this is a program but knocking on the door to the last decade a lot long term at Ron's 2015 and 18 state runners up there girls programs lost in the d2 finals four years in a row so for trainer Dan Tyminski every dog has its day they finally knocked on that door with probably the best overall team they ever had in his school history, yes it really was impressive and what about Melvin? year, in fact, they are all just district successes, but in the last five years a very good collection of talented players, not many high-level club players, but guys who play in the men's leagues in the summer and fall in the spring Wow they kind of put it together I had a good run they just got outplayed in North Forest Hills the only thing if you look at that game they were physically stronger taller at each position this looked stronger and that led to a twenty three to five shot they said they dominated that game starts to end yes Muskegon Western Michigan Christian certainly is no stranger to winning state titles they do frankly this one however against Grosse Pointe Woods University Leggett shot their goalie where is the number zero? the ending was amazing talking about jamison gorman jamison gorman i've never seen a goalie stop for a direct shot to shoot haley i've seen you've seen a lot of things seen forward you know shake it over the bar off the bar i gotta go in with him i stopped legitimately the last four PKS and Jamison Gorman was brilliant that whole game, that game was a kind of game where it could have gone back and forth, ball teams to share possession made runs late on. you need a star player to step up and that guy stepped up ten twenty years now people will still be talking about his performance in that shootout and it wasn't just the finals it was also the semis you know certainly grandville calvin christian was a great team and it was a win in the regional final shootout that got them even close to reaching the final.
They've beaten teams one, two, three and five in the last four games with the tournament you talked about. I got the win. to win a state championship you can't do better than what they were ranked fourth going into the tournament and the Warriors just raised their game to another level now whether you call it Division four class Liggett University and this they knew each other i mean they've been doing it and they've been near the top of the ranks for a decade yes since the MHSA took over in 1982 those two programs have made a lot of runs.
I think Western Michigan Christian now has seven and seven all time to the state finals that's amazing for a program for over thirty nine years twenty seven goals they had in the tournament and allowed just one yeah and they had a great balance. There are a lot of different guys who have stepped up in the last three weeks and credit to Liggett I mean they were nineteen in the tournament they only conceded three goals but unfortunately in this one they will have to settle for runners up but again a great season for both of them and a very exciting guy in Novi. so it took place at Comstock Park, we're going to check it out right after the break.
I'm on the Blue Devil soccer team and it's a great place to be because other colleges wouldn't let me be a soccer player and nurse. student and just because I'm a field dog doesn't mean I can't take care of people and man I love people LT's small class size you give me amazing access to my nursing professor war instead of War Blue Devils, no. I started refereeing when a friend told me that he should try it at first. I only did basketball and I was hooked after a short time. I added baseball, softball, soccer, and volleyball.
I really enjoy giving back to the game. Work with children and work. with my local association to recruit and train new officers. I like to tell anyone that refereeing is a great way to help kids and stay connected to the game. I always need new officers. Yes help. I wanted justice. true mm-hmm and you just want to see how he just delicious pizza we could do other things will do anything for taste now get a meal deal to fit any budget at the house of hungry flavored crust I'm Laurin plants and we had that Car heist goal for Three Boys Grosse Ile Division State Football Final The Red Devils came undefeated in 2000 and three last time they won the title 2002 runners up a year ago heartbreakingly down 3 2 1 and in overtime to unit from Hudsonville Christian the Grand Rapids South Christian sailors 21 wins only four losses two ties won title in 2015 but haven't been back to a final since Red Devils looking to get off to a fast start do Bosh Tanny upfield shoot short side 1 nil Red Devils 14 minutes in sailors working fast here Tom DeVries will get it up the field the answer with the shot but Alex Keihan comes out of the net a slide and block Alex de santé with the free kick for the Red Devils goes up but Nick Shepherd gets up juggles able to take him down for the sailors free kick opportunity for the sailors now it's Kayla we ranga puts her right leg on him but she skis and there to catch it no problem Red Devils held the one nil lead in the second half Boston mariners nap here running upfield he's going to pass boss in box but he skis and can get a piece and send it wide Tanny working to the sideline able to deliver a pass to Joe Duke in front of the netting shepherd slides and takes him down it was still a one goal game we riga shooting another free kick for the sailors on top jeff haruma puts him in the box for tom devries but he skis and may get there before he can try diego tips corino play as the boss Red Devil Reese and a follow upit gets into your head right on a ski.
Hands reach tied sailors with 19 minutes left in the game. He grows the eel with the ball passing Clayton Lafayette into the net. Josh Davis juggles Kayla using an ax and puts his left leg on her, but the crossbar clears using go, we're even at one, heading into overtime. There are two minutes left in the second overtime period. a Diego Tesco Rio works away from the defender takes a shot but the ski hand pops up with another clutch stop we were heading for a best of five penalty kick shootout first in the south Christians Behrend to bloom goes left ski and guess a right hand sailors 100 up so filthy eel as Josh Davis next buries himin the right corner the Red Devils evened up the sailors sending Tom DeVries to the line he shot just wide of the net we're still even at one Bosh Tanny trying to make the most of his chance had the only goal for the Red Devils beat scheppers to the left side grows eel takes the lead for one can't be left behind now tisks Corino beats ski they have worked back even the Red Devils sending a tony vogue tied to the line scheppers all over hit this far we still weren't enough caleb using it stern tries to leave too many benches and off the post going down to the wire eight shooters max aston will go laughing snake inside the post giving raven seal the lead three to two now if Skien makes the stop here grow eel our state champions Riley Visser puts his right leg on his key hand with the dive denial Wow the grow seal Red Devils their first state championship since 2002 win this one on one via a Wow gunfight I mean it was just surreal it was amazing I don't even know how to describe it it's just amazing I mean you just have to focus on the game you have to work harder than the other team and then you just know how to put everything on the line at the end game neither I couldn't even contain myself I was crying I was so happy and I've never cried before I was happy about something I played with these guys since I've been three or four forever and this is our time crying you deserve this honestly we've loved it so much that we we meet at Comstock Park for Division one
boyssoccer championship Traverse City West eighteen four and two have never won a state title Troy Athens 22 win only two losses one tie haven't won the championship since 1997 when they beat Salem for a score of two to one, let's get into action in the first half of the scoreless game, the Eagles laundry myth, Tory bypasses to teach a burnout.
I'll take a shot on goal, but Blaine called Fleiss there to stop and he was able to jump on the ball before he got hurt later. Athens with a free kick. Jaden Mackowski, opportunity puts him high, but he called Fleisch. West with a free kick chance of his own, Finn Durban will take it with a big boot but Jason Kemp catches it right in the barn, we didn't score at half, second half action now Troy Athens chance at free kick myth Tory puts her leg to the top left corner, this one passed Athens' cold cut up 1 nil later and it's another Mackowski free kick, this one is long and going to hang in the air for a while. called flies and knocks him down, then Gavin Michael goes to take the header from Collin's board, he steps towards the goal, Paul siak takes him out, causing a penalty kick for the Titans board. will take the PK knows exactly where to put it we're even at one with just under 14 minutes to go fast forward to time touring Athens hoping to make a move Renauld with one stop is redirected to Donovan strong puts a left foot in him cold meat able to get a piece and deflected away we were heading into overtime tied at one as happened on d3 1 overtime not enough we needed a second deal from Davis Shivani feeds it to Ryan Kruger keeps him off cold flights picks up and buries it back in the net Troy assets up 1 and Redhawks continue to red hot this is two minutes later grew KO with corner kick bounces off the net xishi Kali there - knocking home Athens up 3 to 1 now 2 minutes later Athens jack Musto goes to clear the ball under a leg of Titans Ryan Kruger able to chase him down and find the back of Troy Twine's half scoring three goals in the second overtime to claim his first state championship in 22 years final score 4 to 1 I was super proud of them, you know, we had talked a lot about football being a game of moments in a game of momentum and I thought early in the second half we had a lot of pressure on their goal.
He scored the goal on the free kick and then they came back with the penalty kick and I think our kids for the first time this season maybe got a little nervous it's overwhelming right now we've been working on this for over four years to be in Athens that we have been dreaming of. this moment playing together for probably eight nine years so we finally got to do it last year we had a really successful season we went undefeated in the regular season but we got cut early in district so this all came in the summer with the the mentality that we went out there, we played even better, we worked harder and then the offseason and every single one of us worked hard in the offseason early in the morning at 7:00 a.m. the state championship is indescribable there's a lot going on obviously the excitement that we want to play but there's excitement that the seniors are leaving it was our last game of the year but it was good it was a good way I've been dreaming about that moment all my life this is not the moment not a lot of people go through it a lot especially with all my team they are right behind me and much more i think i was sure to go to a regional final i had that with that same mentality i got the goal and I think my team has always helped me that counts too so when I got in there I thought I wasn't good at it and that's what happened he sees an immense heat that he has on the back of your always on your dagger , stay safe no matter what happens you know it's going to be safe and just having this guy as a leader I think he's always welcome inside the state champion studio I just got a chance to watch Division three Division one highlights big games both give stick rad here join me as we break it down a bit first talk about division three adams ski basket grow seal turned out huge was kind of a goalie tournament if you can to stop grand rapids south christian and if you got help from the posts or not the bottom line is to grow seal our state
champsyeah just another great performance by a goaltender and you saw all year there was such a great collection of goaltenders michigan state missed their seniors and juniors getting they stood out and when there is so much parity in the state of Michigan in certain divisions where there are so many teams there that even the goaltender many times as a side effect or an inch play make that key save in a regional finals or state finals shootout and that it makes a difference in the end i know and after falling in the division three final hudsonville christian unit in overtime last year to come back and again you're in something as tight as it gets and you get your second title ever of the program because it had been a while since they won one yes 2002 and since a lot of those kids weren't even born yet the last time they won and the girls hallmark has always been strong down the river program yes they have been scoring a lot of goals in recent years, but their defense was a strong point all season for them and they actually played summer league over the summer with a few schools from Oakland and Macomb County.
I was about to get stronger for the season. I think it paid dividends here, Leon, yeah, and I think probably when you see teams going that extra mile to figure out that you know some really strong competitive competition in the summer. I think you know it's all worth it. in november yeah and they are a team used to winning there was only two losses in august and i think 9/7 was the last one they really lost and shootouts in a couple of weekend tournaments those shortened games so it was literally almost almost two months without losing an amazing streak my girls have no doubt about it in Division one in one of the really cool things is the fact that when you get a chance as a coach to win a state title it's amazing when you have the chance to win a state title as a coach at your alma mater which is even more amazing when you have the chance to win a state title as a player that Todd Hugh won in Troy Athens in the '80s and win a state championship then and win one now It's his fifth title being Troy Athens which is great but his first since 1997 yeah it's been 22 years and that was under legendary director of athletics and storage unit head coach tim at alpena yeah but todd hugh heat actually took over rochester high about 20 years ago and his team was steady i mean he was runner up to the girls in 2007 it's 2002 the boys at rochester were state champions in d1 and then troy athens came along to the semi-finals on the women's side in 2015 and then 2016 they lost to East Kentwood in a shootout in the final so she has a track record of getting the best performance out of her team for the tournament run and it's interesting football if you're talking about changes of momentum you know this is a tight game we ran over time here and all of a sudden the Red Hawks just find a way to find the back of the net frequently yeah like an erupting volcano yeah Athens , in the district final last year, they outscored Utica by EE 21-5 and lost one to nothing on a free kick from the lake, do you think that was it? in mine a lot of those early players I think they had 13 guys back maybe freshman teams only lost like a game or two last year so the talent was there they ran the gauntlet they won another or a red division title and then you know stay warm throughout the tournament and score three goals in the last nine minutes of second overtime to prevail, that's right, I have no doubt, so Dan, thanks for being here.
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