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Bobcats’ Faith Webber tallies twice

ROCHESTER HILLS >> Faith Webber and her sister Paige aren’t the quarrelsome kind.

The Grand Blanc soccer players were all about their team Wednesday night as sophomore Paige assisted on ninth-grader Faith’s second goal of the match that lifted the Bobcats to a 2-1 victory over Ford in a state Division 1 semifinal at Stoney Creek High.

Faith Webber scored her goals five minutes apart. The first came in the 17th minute of the second half, and the second, set up by Paige, was scored with 18:51 left as Grand Blanc overcame a 1-0 deficit and advanced to play Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central in the state final at Williamston on Saturday.

“It’s great,” Faith Webber said. “It will probably hit me later that we’re one of the final two.

“You want to shoot for the mega goals. The finals is one of them.”

Senior Salena Speagle scored 2:24 into the second half to give Ford the first goal of the match, but the Falcons, who hit the crossbar about eight minutes later and had other chances, couldn’t get another goal as Grand Blanc qualified for the state final for the second time in three years.

“I told them I was really proud of them,” Ford coach Teri Steinwascher said after she huddled with her team. “This is one special group of kids.”

Steinwascher said Ford expected a second-half surge from its opponent, but Grand Blanc’s play and accumulating Falcon injuries made it difficult to hold off the Bobcats.

“They were phenomenal, and I knew they would be in the second half,” Steinwascher said of the Bobcats. “We just couldn’t withstand it.

“I knew fitness would become an issue because they’re so fit and strong and fast.”

Grand Blanc (18-1-4) spread its formation in the second half to create room to attack.

“They possessed the midfield on us in the first half,” Grand Blanc coach Greg Kehler said. “We made some adjustments.

“We spread the field. That got them out of the middle, stretched their defense, and then we were able to play inside.”

With the score tied and the ball on the Bobcats’ attacking side of the field, Faith Webber saw her sister chase down a ball that was played to a corner.

“I saw her get the ball on her right foot,” Faith said, “and at that moment I knew I was going to hit this ball with some body part – my head, my chest, a foot. I knew that it was going to get into the net.

“It was a perfect ball.”

Paige to Faith has clicked often this season.

“I couldn’t tell you the exact number of goals (we’ve combined on), but it’s been quite a few,” Faith Webber said. “We have that chemistry being sisters. We work well together on and off the field.”

Faith Webber has been a top Bobcat striker all season, Kehler said.

“She’s real dangerous up there,” the coach said. “She strikes the ball real well.”

Ally Childers assisted on Faith Webber’s first goal.

Ford finished 15-2-4. The MAC Red Division Falcons were bidding to become the third Macomb County team to reach a girls state final.

Forest Hills Central advanced with a 1-0 victory over Saline, the school that beat Grand Blanc in the 2015 final.

The Bobcats and Forest Hills Central play at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Last Updated: 6/14/2017 10:11:04 PM EST