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Beline Obeid

Knights win district title

June 05, 2014
The University Liggett girls' soccer team took on host Royal Oak Shrine in the district final last weekend.

Our last few games have not been especially challenging, and Shrine posed a bigger threat than we were used to.

We came out slower than usual and the majority of the first half we felt like this was more a game of kickball than futbol.

Eventually, we found our rhythm and began to play our game.

I scored off a pass from Pasha Vreeken, and we used the momentum to finish the half strong.

The second half was an even harder fought battle with more than a few fouls drawn.

Our defense proved to be resilient, and the entire team came together to aid in the 1-0 victory.

Both goaltenders, Kara Francis and Caitlin deRuiter, shared the shutout in the net.

After drawing a first round bye, Liggett took on Southfield Christian in the semifinals.

Because of the long weekend and inopportune rain swells, we entered the game with only one practice under our belts.

We were still able to dominate the game, however, and I put away the first goal early on off a pass from Maddie Wu.

Shortly after, Southfield Christian capitalized off a quick break and tied the game 1-1.

We immediately responded and Pasha Vreeken brought us back to life by scoring back-to-back goals, assisted by Danielle Lorant and Carina Ghafari.

Rebecca Lohman also tallied, with Vreeken claiming the assist.

In the final few minutes of the half, Hannah Hodges added two more goals, one off a pass from Wu and the second off a corner kick taken by Haley Neuenfeldt.

We opened the second half leading 5-1 and Lorant secured the victory with one last goal off a pass from Lohman.

The game ended with us winning 7-1, putting us through to the finals.

Liggett improved to 12-2 overall.

— Ania Dow

Special Writer

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