Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Blue Devils end with tough loss

by Bob St. John Sports Editor

June 13, 2013

The best team doesn’t always win. Just ask Grosse Pointe South’s girls’ soccer team.

The Blue Devils were favored to beat Anchor Bay in a Division 1 regional semifinal game last week.

They played better, had a ton more scoring opportunities, but in the end lost 1-0 in a shootout, ending their season.

“We didn’t put the ball in the net when we had the chance,” head coach Gene Harkins said. “I have to give Anchor Bay credit because they played very well, but I thought we had more chances and should have converted those chances into goals.”

The game was scoreless after two 40-minute halves and two 10-minute overtimes, putting the contest into a shootout.

Elizabeth Clevenger converted her shot, but the Tars answered, making it 1-1 after the first round of kicks.

Tars goalkeeper Emily Zweng came up with saves on Cydney Webb and Kathy Collins’ shots, while the Tars made their shots, giving the visiting team a commanding 3-1 advantage.

Claire DeBoer made her shot and Anastasia Diamond made a save, cutting the deficit to 3-2 with one kick remaining.

Dani Manning converted with the pressure on, leaving the game up to Diamond to make a save or Zweng to miss her kick. Zweng got all of her left-footed shot, but it sailed high, hitting the crossbar and tying it 3-3.

In the sixth attempt, Diamond’s shot went high and Anchor Bay’s Jillian Bobick made it, shooting to her right, sending South home for the summer.

“I really thought we had a shot to win it all this year,” Harkins said. “It’s disappointing to end the season like this, but we will be back next year with a solid core of players returning.”

Grosse Pointe South ended the season 14-7-1 overall.

Harkins loses Diamond, Clevenger, DeBoer, Lindsey Makos, Gabrielle Nguyen and Chelsea Marsh to graduation.

Troy won the regional with a 5-1 win over Anchor Bay.