Grosse Pointe Woods, Madison Heights
Liggett girls soccer advances to regional championship with win against Bishop Foley
By Mark Vest
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett junior Alexis Wenger shoots and scores during a Division 4 regional semifinal against Madison Heights Bishop Foley June 6. The Knights won 3-1 to advance to a regional final against Marlette High June 8.
Posted June 6, 2017
GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett’s girls soccer team has advanced to a Division 4 regional championship with a 3-1 win against Madison Heights Bishop Foley June 6 at home.
The Knights, who are the defending D4 state champions, play for a regional title at 5 p.m. June 8 against Marlette High at home.
After a scoreless first half, Liggett junior Alexis Wenger scored the game’s first goal with 24:18 remaining.
Approximately seven minutes later, Foley tied the game on a penalty kick that was converted by junior Jillian Ramos.
Liggett’s go-ahead goal came via a kick from Eva Papista with about 5:40 remaining.
Less than three minutes later, Papista scored another goal to help secure Liggett’s victory.
With Foley controlling a large percentage of the play early in the game, the adjustments Liggett made helped put the program in position to extend its playoff run.
“I think we took five, 10 minutes to figure out what they were doing, and we had some good fortune during that five or 10 minutes they didn’t score,” Liggett coach David Dwaihy said following the game. “Once we were still at 0-0, I think we started to believe a little bit as time wore on. We kind of felt like if we could battle (them) a little bit, especially in the midfield, that might neutralize a little bit of their threat. That’s how we worked our way into the game.”
Foley coach Ryan Elchuk acknowledged the effect Liggett’s adjustments had on his team.
“It made the game really hard for us,” he said. “Credit to Dave; Coach Dwaihy’s outstanding, and did a really nice job keeping his girls going and making the right adjustments. They were able to negate the things we do. We couldn’t negate the things that they do.”
Kara Francis and Teagan Cornell shared time minding the net for the Knights.
About the author
Mark Vest is on the sports beat at C&G Newspapers. He covers high school sports for the Fraser-Clinton Chronicle and Grosse Pointe Times. In the past couple years or so, he has also began to cover collegiate sports for schools such as the University of Detroit Mercy, Oakland University, Wayne State University, Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College. Vest has worked at C&G Newspapers since 2011 and attended Oakland University and Oakland Community College.
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