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September 04, 2014
The entire evening didn't go according to first-year head coach Monica Dennis's plan.

First, torrential rains soaked the turf a couple of hours before the Grosse Pointe South girls' field hockey team took the field in its season-opener against Dearborn.

Then, thunder and lightning forced a 30-minute delay.

Then, with clear skies, the opposing coach wanted to play the varsity game first instead of second, throwing off the mojo.

The coach wanted to make sure the varsity game was played.

It was played first and in the end Grosse Pointe South suffered a 1-0 loss to Dearborn.

"Initially we had a lot of pressure on them and had a lot of scoring chances," Dennis said. "Then we turned into spectators and watched too much, instead of staying aggressive.

"We need a lot of work and we will get there. It will take time, but I need all the girls to be on the same page for us to get to that point."

The Blue Devils had ample scoring chances, but would either not get a lot on a shot, or a perfect pass would be missed. They had a couple of golden chances within the final two minutes, led by a couple of solid passes by sophomore forward Emma St. John.

However, the Blue Devils didn't get a good shot on the Dearborn goalkeeper.

The defense limited Dearborn to only one real scoring threat and it was the one it scored on with only three minutes left in the second half.

Goalkeeper Christina Ambrozy played well in net, as did seniors Hailey Clarke at defense and senior Alexis Mellos at forward.

Two nights later, South traveled to Ann Arbor Skyline in its Division 1 opener.

The Blue Devils lost 5-0, falling to 0-1 in the Michigan Field Hockey Association Division 1 standings and 0-2 overall.

South gets a chance to face one of its two city rivals, Grosse Pointe North, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at North.

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