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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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Comeback Crusaders Come Through

Comeback Crusaders Come Through
Saturday, June 14, 2014
It was not a premonition, but Hudsonville Unity Christian girls soccer coach Randy Heethuis picked the right tape to show his players at a team dinner Friday night. It might have provided the added spark needed as Unity Christian rallied from a 1-0 halftime defici...
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Gull Lake Embraces 2nd Straight Title

Gull Lake Embraces 2nd Straight Title
Saturday, June 14, 2014
The postgame victory hugs late Saturday afternoon were twice as tight this time around and lasted just a little bit longer. Junior midfielder Mickey Hostetler received hers from coach Jeff Corstange, as did junior defender Hayley Buckhout, senior goalkeeper Maggie Har...
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Preview: Ready for Rematches

Preview: Ready for Rematches
Friday, June 13, 2014
Two of Saturday’s MHSAA Girls Soccer Finals are rematches of 2013 title games. That alone tells the stories behind two of this weekend’s four championship games.
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#TBT: Recalling These 1st Class Champs

#TBT: Recalling These 1st Class Champs
Thursday, May 1, 2014
This spring's MHSAA Girls Soccer Tournament will include 450 schools playing across four divisions beginning later this month.  Three decades ago, girls soccer was just getting started in Michigan. But growth came quickly: In 1987, after four seasons awarding one ...
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No Denying Timko in Run to 100 Goals

No Denying Timko in Run to 100 Goals
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The grinding force of Taylor Timko's attacks on the soccer goal comes out in her coach Jim Stachura’s voice as he describes them. It’s not so much something technical – although the Pontiac Notre Dame Prep senior has plenty of skill – ...
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Gull Lake Returns to State's Elite

Gull Lake Returns to State's Elite
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Can one save change a soccer season? It certainly can alter a championship game, as Maggie Harma and Richland Gull Lake found out Saturday afternoon in Williamston.
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This Time, Troy Takes Champion's Trophy

This Time, Troy Takes Champion's Trophy
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Alison Holland might have worried a bit after Grandville’s Sydney Blitchok scored a little more than 14 minutes into Saturday’s Division 1 Final at Williamston. Holland, Troy’s senior goalkeeper, would even admit to that – given that Troy was m...
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Calvin Christian Wins Rematch of Titans

Calvin Christian Wins Rematch of Titans
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Midway through the first half of Saturday’s Division 4 Final, the Grandville Calvin Christian girls soccer team was behind for the first time in 17 games. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes/Clarkston Everest had a one-goal lead and was undefeated and ranked No. 1 in ...
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South Christian Scores 1st MHSAA Title

South Christian Scores 1st MHSAA Title
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Grand Rapids South Christian girls soccer coach Jason Boersma likes to shift senior Kayla Diemer between playing defense and forward. Boersma let out a hearty laugh Saturday afternoon when Diemer was asked which position she preferred. He anticipated the response.
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Finals Preview: 2012 Best Back for More

Finals Preview: 2012 Best Back for More
Friday, June 14, 2013
A number of players taking the field at MHSAA Girls Soccer Finals on Saturday should be plenty familiar with the awe that accompanies competing in a championship game. The Division 4 Final is a rematch of last season's Grandville Calvin Christian win over Waterf...
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MHSA(Q&)A: Soccer Coaches President Zach Jonker

MHSA(Q&)A: Soccer Coaches President Zach Jonker
Friday, September 21, 2012
Petoskey coach Zach Jonker leads both the boys and girls programs and also is in his first year as president of the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association. He discusses the state of high school soccer, and especially in regards to the advent of the U.S. Soccer ...
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D3 Soccer Final: Title Crusade Compete

D3 Soccer Final: Title Crusade Compete
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Flint Powers Catholic attacked Hudsonville Unity Christian’s defense Saturday with a physicality and aggression the Crusaders had not seen this spring in assembling one of the best defensive seasons in MHSAA history. But winning in June has been Unity Christian&r...
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D1 Soccer Final: Chieftains and Champions

D1 Soccer Final: Chieftains and Champions
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Okemos’ multiple offensive standouts have made it one of the best teams in Michigan all spring and one of the highest ranked in Division 1, coming into the MHSAA tournament No. 2 in the state coaches poll. But senior goalkeeper Molly O’Connor also had a big...
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