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June 05, 2014
City rivals Grosse Pointe South and Grosse Pointe North met for a third time this season in last week's Division 1 district semifinal at St. Clair Shores Lakeview.

The Blue Devils won the first two games, winning 5-0 on their home turf and 1-0 at North.


They made a clean three-game sweep, winning 3-1 on the neutral site.

"I thought we played one of our better games this season," South head coach Gene Harkins said. "We took it right at them. Our backline was aggressive and we won the 50-50 balls."

South scored first when senior Dani Manning tallied at the 26:06 mark on a penalty kick.

North came right back and six minutes later tied it 1-1 when senior Katelyn Kohler scored.

South took the lead for good when senior Kathy Collins scored at the 18:01 mark. The goal was originally credited to Manning, but later changed by officials.

Manning added an insurance goal just 42 seconds into the second half. This two-goal deficit proved to be too much for the Norsemen to overcome.

However, they made a game of it and nearly scored twice in the second half, but South junior goalie Olivia Withers made both key saves.

North sophomore keeper Emily McPharlin also had her share of great saves. Without her heroics, the Norsemen could have been behind 4 or 5-1 at the half.

In the championship game, Grosse Pointe South crushed Detroit Western International 8-0 in a game, which was over quickly.

The Blue Devils scored early and often and improved to 11-5-5 with the victory.

In the first round, which was delayed a day due to thunderstorms, South crushed Roseville 8-0 behind senior Franny Weber's three goals and two assists.

In its first-round game, North used one goal, stingy defense, good goaltending and a little luck to beat the host team, Lakeview, 1-0.

Senior Chrisoula Pitses scored the winning goal at the 26-minute mark of the first half, with senior Katelyn Kohler drawing the assist.

After that, the Norsemen dominated possession and shots on net, but couldn't score. Junior Justine Lynn was a force at midfield, while freshman Megan Loouwers, senior Phoebe Dodge, Kohler and Pitses had solid shots on net.

Lakeview senior goalkeeper Sam Uppleger made several huge saves to keep it a one-goal game, but North counterpart, sophomore Emily McPharlin, held her own in the final five minutes when the Huskies' offense generated their fair share of good scoring opportunities.

McPharlin stopped every shot that came her way to preserve the shutout and set up the rivalry game with South in the semifinals.

Grosse Pointe North finished its season 5-17-2 overall.


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