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Liggett senior Adam Fiema pursues the ball before scoring a goal in the Knights’ home win over Ann Arbor Greenhills. Photo by Renato Jamett
September 19, 2013
The University Liggett boys’ soccer team endured hot, humid weather to prevail over a solid Ann Arbor Greenhills team, 3-0, last week.

The Knights scored early when Adante Provenzano sent a perfect corner kick which Anthony Simon converted into a goal.

Greenhills had its opportunities to tie the game, but goalie Patrick Broder came up the key saves early to allow the home team to keep the slim lead.

“Patrick made some nice saves early, but it was very tight for the majority of the game,” head coach David Backhurst said.

The Knights put an insurance goal on the board when Warren Purvin scored, with Adam Fiema netting an assist.

The final tally was Fiema beating Greenhills’ goalie to a loose ball, eluding a defender, and pushing the ball into the back of an open net.

“Boy was it hot today and the guys needed a lot of water,” Backhurst said. “It’s nice to beat Greenhills, but we have another tough league game coming up with Northwest, which Greenhills beat in a shootout.

“This division is tough.”

Liggett traveled to Rocheter Hills Lutheran Northwest and won 3-1, improving to 3-0 in the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference and 6-0 overall.

“We had to play through torrential rains and winds, but made it through it,” Backhurst said.

Warren Purvin scored off a pass from Provenzano for the first goal, and Simon scored on a header to make it 2-0.

Northwest scored to make it 2-1, but the Knights added an insurance goal with 1:07 left when Max Smith fed Lohman, who scored. Broder made several stops in net to help keep LNW off the board.

The Knights play Sept. 20 and Sept. 21.

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