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Ford girls soccer coach Teri Steinwascher doesn’t know much about Grand Blanc, but what she does know is quite important.

“We cannot underestimate any small portion of them,” Steinwascher said. “If we do that they’ll capitalize.”

The Falcons meet the Bobcats in a Division 1 state semifinal match Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Rochester Hills Stoney Creek.

“They play a 4-3-3 and they have a high powered offense,” Steinwascher said. “They’re solid on the backline and very well organized.

“We’re very strong defensively,” Steinwascher added. “I can’t say that it’s weak in any way shape or form. We’re really confident with our midfield and our backline and how well connected they are with each other.”

Grand Blanc scored five unanswered goals, three of which came in overtime, to beat Walled Lake Northern, 5-2, in a regional final.

It was the only two goals the Bobcats have allowed in the state tournament this season. They’ve also scored a total of 17.

“Our front line is young, but they’re putting balls in the back of the net and that gives you confidence alone just on numbers,” Steinwascher said. “They believe they should be playing two more games. They’re heart, brain, work rate, training and focusness all is saying we have two more games in us. I would say there are a lot of positive things going on with that.”

With two wins Ford would become the first team from Macomb County to win a girls state soccer championship. Eisenhower lost in the state finals in 2009 and 2014.

“You get into this game and one bad thing can happen to turn a game,” Steinwascher said. “That’s what happens in tournament games. You can’t have that one breakdown. The one thing I’m confident in is if they have that one breakdown they’re going to come back firing on even more cylinders than they were earlier.”

In the Falcons’ 2-1 win over Anchor Bay in a regional final, they got the game-winner just a minute and four seconds after the Tars had tied the match.

This is Ford’s second trip to the state semis, falling in 2014 to Eisenhower.

“We’re deeper as soccer talent goes,” Steinwascher said. “That 2014 team had so much heart and that’s something you can’t teach. And we had leadership in that group that was absolutely phenomenal.”

Grand Blanc have finished runner-up in the state in 2004 and 2015.

“We’re excited that all their hard work has paid off,” Steinwascher said. “They realize that it isn’t over and they have a lot more work to do, but from the date we started and looking ahead to now, all the fear and doubt that they had is gone. They’re a different group of kids attitude wise than they were two and a half months ago.”

Last Updated: 6/13/2017 10:02:42 PM EST