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Liggett’s T.J. Stevenson races after the ball during the first half of the Knights’ big division win over Plymouth Christian.
September 26, 2013
Head coach David Backhurst looked at last weekend’s home game with Plymouth Christian as a test for his University Ligett boys’ soccer players.

The Knights were coming off a tough 2-1 loss to Auburn Hills Oakland Christian the day before.

They passed the test with flying colors, beating PC 3-1 behind second-half goals by freshman Christian deRuiter and senior Adam Fiema.

“This was a huge win for us, especially playing without arguably our best player, Adante Provenzano,” Backhurst said. “We had some great performances today and we needed them to beat a good Plymouth Christian team.”

Junior Warren Purvin scored in the first half as the teams played a 1-1 tie. PC could have taken a 2-1 lead if it wasn’t for a couple of key saves made by senior keeper Patrick Broder.

Early in the week, the Knights beat Southfield Christian 2-1 before falling 2-1 to Oakland Christian.

Senior Andrew Lohman gave the visiting Knights a 1-0 lead over Oakland Christian as Provenzano had the assist.

Unfortunately, a sore knee forced him to the sidelines for the Plymouth Christian contest.

Liggett is 5-1 in the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference and 8-1 overall.

Coming up for the Knights are home games Thursday, Sept. 26, and Saturday, Sept. 28, against division foe Allen Park Inter-City Baptist and non-league opponent Royal Oak Shrine.

“We have a busy weekend and have to play two tough opponents,” Backhurst said. “We will get two tests and these games will make us tougher as we head down the stretch.”

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