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Liggett senior Patrick Broder played his final high school soccer game last week, a 3-1 loss to Roeper in a Division 4 regional championship tilt. Photo by Renato Jamett
October 31, 2013
University Liggett’s boys’ soccer team regional final against Bloomfield Hills Roeper was the rubber game after the squads split the two regular season meetings.

Liggett won at home 4-2 and Roeper won on its home field 4-1. However, the Knights played without three starters and another played just the first half before sitting with an injured knee.

Unfortunately for Liggett, Roeper won the rubber-game, winning 3-1 and ended the Knights’ season one game from making the Final Four.

Roeper jetted out to a 3-0 halftime lead and played defense in the second stanza.

The Knights’ lone goal came off the foot of senior Adante Provenzano.

Liggett finished the 2013 season 15-6-1 overall.

In the regional semifinal, Liggett edged Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 1-0 in a shootout.

The teams met twice in the regular season and neither scored a goal in regulation. They split the meetings and the third contest was the best of the three.

In the five-shot shootout, Max Smith and Provenzano scored on the first and third kick. Inter-City Baptist also tallied twice, sending the game to sudden-death penalty kicks.

Inter-City Baptist’s shooter sent his shot off the crossbar and missed, leaving the Knights with a chance to win and move on in the state tournament.

“I went to the huddle and asked who wanted to take the shot,” Backhurst said. “Noah LaMagno said it was his.”

LaMagno calmly approached the ball and let loose a cannon which found the back of the net. As the ball came to a stop, the Knights rushed onto the field and embraced LaMagno.

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