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Through the Years: Girls Soccer 1983-2015

Through the Years: Girls Soccer 1983-2015
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Girls soccer has experienced its share of powerhouse programs over the last three decades, with teams winning three or more consecutive MHSAA championships eight times.  But a number of schools have been in the mix, both as champs and Finals hosts, as the sport ce...
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Notre Dame Prep Caps Year of Memories

Notre Dame Prep Caps Year of Memories
Friday, July 1, 2016
So many details of Pontiac Notre Dame Prep’s first girls soccer championship run were memorable this spring, it’s sure to not be quickly forgotten in a community that’s had its share of sports success over the years.
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Fairy-tale Finish Fits Notre Dame Prep Fine

Fairy-tale Finish Fits Notre Dame Prep Fine
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep senior midfielder Rosella LoChirco called her team’s victory Saturday in the MHSAA Division 2 girls soccer championship game “a Cinderella story.” It’s doubtful that Cinderella would put up any sort of dispute.
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Unity Shuts Down Powers, Adds to Streak

Unity Shuts Down Powers, Adds to Streak
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Hudsonville Unity Christian junior goalkeeper Emily Ponstein had both arms around the championship trophy and clutched it to her chest. Ponstein wasn’t going to let go of the trophy, much like she didn’t let go of any ball that was sent in her direction S...
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Plenty to Celebrate for Stoney Creek

Plenty to Celebrate for Stoney Creek
Friday, June 17, 2016
Happy Birthday, Emily Solek. Happy first championship, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek. Friday surely will be a milestone day to remember for the lone scorer in this season’s MHSAA Division 1 Final – and also for teammates who with her earned the program&rsqu...
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Liggett Shoots, Scores first Title since 2005

Liggett Shoots, Scores first Title since 2005
Friday, June 17, 2016
Although his team found itself in an unfamiliar situation Friday afternoon, David Dwaihy had an idea how at least the first part might play out. As Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett readied for its first tie-breaker shootout of this spring – and in the seas...
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Preview: 4 More Seek to Join Champs List

Preview: 4 More Seek to Join Champs List
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Half of the teams playing in MHSAA Girls Soccer Finals on Friday or Saturday will be seeking their first championships. One, Montrose, will be playing in a championship game for the first time. And at least one of those four finales, in Division 2, will see some team ...
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Elk Rapids Avenges, Adds to Perfection

Elk Rapids Avenges, Adds to Perfection
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
For the seniors, Elk Rapids’ 8-0 District championship win over Leland on Saturday was overdue. “Three years overdue,” senior outside midfielder Nicole Hill said.
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Performance: Birch Run's Kalyn Breckenridge

Performance: Birch Run's Kalyn Breckenridge
Monday, May 23, 2016
Shutting down opponents has become the norm for Birch Run and third-year goalkeeper Kalyn Breckenridge, who had 29 shutouts in goal heading into this season – and has since added 16 more to tie her previous single-season shutout record set in 2015. Birch Run&rsqu...
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Leland Star Reaches Goals, Scores Record

Leland Star Reaches Goals, Scores Record
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Joe Burda pauses when asked if there’s one moment that sums up his senior standout, Libby Munoz. “Well,” the Leland soccer coach said after a few seconds, “there’s been 205 moments so far.”
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Undefeated, Motivated Linden Answers

Undefeated, Motivated Linden Answers
Thursday, May 5, 2016
All they could do was watch from afar and torture themselves with one nagging question: What if? What if, Linden's girls' soccer players wondered, they had gotten past neighboring rival Fenton in the District championship game last season? Would that have been Linden, ...
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Gull Lakes Builds on Variety of Experiences

Gull Lakes Builds on Variety of Experiences
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Military training is not the usual workout for the Richland Gull Lake soccer team. But that was just one of the girls’ team-building exercises this month to prepare for their run at a fourth consecutive MHSAA Division 2 title.
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Performance: Cadillac's Abby Divozzo

Performance: Cadillac's Abby Divozzo
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Abby Divozzo was regarded last spring as a top goalkeeper in the northern Lower Peninsula. But an incredible start this spring should put the entire state on notice. The third-year varsity starter has shutouts in all of her team’s first six games and blanked thre...
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Undefeated Saline Claims 1st Finals Win

Undefeated Saline Claims 1st Finals Win
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Saline helped redefine the term “team soccer” this season.  The Hornets put together one of the most impressive seasons in Class A/Division 1 history, cultivated by a 4-0 blanking of Grand Blanc in the Division 1 Final on Saturday at Michigan State Un...
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Calvin Christian Claims 4th Straight Title

Calvin Christian Claims 4th Straight Title
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Grandville Calvin Christian has joined some elite company. The top-ranked Squires became just the second girls soccer program to win four straight MHSAA championships by edging Lansing Christian, 2-1, in the MHSAA Division 4 Final at Michigan State University’s ...
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Gull Lake Stands Tall Again After Shootout

Gull Lake Stands Tall Again After Shootout
Friday, June 12, 2015
The final kicks of 2015 came down to gut feelings for Richland Gull Lake goalkeeper Regan Troff. She closed her eyes and said a prayer. And then she made saves that extended one of the most impressive championship runs in MHSAA girls soccer history.
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Final Burst Nets Unity's 9th Title

Final Burst Nets Unity's 9th Title
Friday, June 12, 2015
Hudsonville Unity Christian and Detroit Country Day had played 95 minutes Friday afternoon. Bursts of speed were in short supply. Crusaders junior Maddy VanDyke had one left – she made it, and the next few seconds felt like slow motion.
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Preview: Champs Seek to Extend Streaks

Preview: Champs Seek to Extend Streaks
Thursday, June 11, 2015
The setting is new – at least somewhat – as the MHSAA Girls Soccer Finals return to Michigan State University this spring for the first time since 2012. The format is new, as two Finals will be played Friday and Saturday.  But most of the favorites...
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Northville = Perfection in D1 Soccer

Northville = Perfection in D1 Soccer
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Good things come in twos for Northville girls soccer, but even better in fours. Like MHSAA championships in 1984, 2004 and now 2014.
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Rematch Goes to Calvin Christian Again

Rematch Goes to Calvin Christian Again
Saturday, June 14, 2014
A nearly identical repeat Saturday created a three-peat for Grandville Calvin Christian in the MHSAA Division 4 girls soccer championship game at Mason High School.
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