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Rusch goal lifts North past South


September 26, 2013
Grosse Pointe North’s girls’ field hockey team earned sweet revenge on its city rival from Grosse Pointe South, winning 1-0 on its home turf last week.

The teams met earlier in the season with host South pulling out a 1-0 win.

It was a 0-0 game until North sophomore Jennifer Kusch scored with only 18.3 seconds left in the first half. After playing four straight scoreless games, Kusch’s goal was a breath of fresh air for the Norsemen and first-year head coach Brittany Paquette.

“The girls have been working hard and sticking to our plan and it paid off tonight with a big win,” Paquette said. “I can’t say enough good things about the girls and their willingness to stick with what we’re trying to do here with a new system.”

The Blue Devils had a great shot to tie the game at the 21:20 mark of the second half when they were awarded a penalty stroke.

South senior Fran Aliotta took the penalty stroke and lifted the ball chest high.

It looked to head to an open corner, but North keeper, senior Marissa Stinson, got a blocker on it, knocking the ball away and keeping the score 1-0.

North had the better scoring opportunties, but with time running South had a couple of opportunities to tie it. Stinson came up with the saves to preserve the win.

In other action last week, North lost 1-0 to Dearborn and South lost 2-0 to Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Grosse Pointe North improved to 1-4 overall (0-3 in the Michigan High School Field Hockey Association Division 2 standings), while Grosse Pointe South fell to 2-5-1 (0-3-1 in Division 1).

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