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Ford coach, player reflect on a different kind of loss PHOTO GALLERY

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ROCHESTER HILLS >> Losses come in all shapes and sizes in life.

Some register about 8.1 on the Richter Scale. Others barely cause a quiver.

Lose your wallet. Misplace your keys. Get lost driving downtown to the DIA.

None of those are of any real magnitude.

Lose 2-1 in a Division 1 girls soccer semifinal game.

Now that is something that will shake a person up. That is what Ford did against Grand Blanc Wednesday night. The Falcons grabbed a 1-0 lead early in the second half, only to have it disappear.

There were tears all around on the Ford bench following the game played at Stoney Creek High School.

Those tears turned to sobs for Cecilia Steinwascher. Her mom, Teri, who is also the team coach, had mentioned the hurdles the team had to overcome to get as far as it did this season. There were devastating injuries to key players. There were a few ties that should’ve been wins. There was also the death of her father, Tom Corcoran, who passed away on April 9.

“Cecilia was his favorite. She was his first granddaughter, and they always had that bond. If he could not get to a game, she had to call him to tell grandpa what happened. When she was younger, if he wanted to go shopping, she would always go with him,” said the coach.

Tom Corcoran died of a brain aneurysm.

Cecilia Steinwascher was on a senior cruise this spring when Tom Corcoran’s life started to seep away. She flew home from Jamaica and at least got a chance to say her tearful goodbyes. By then, grandpa was in hospice care.

Grieving takes time. Grief never really exits stage left. Cecilia is a senior captain, but for a while after her grandpa’s death, she had a hard time leading.

Who can blame her? The loss of a loved one is a deep, deep hurt. The Richter Scale cannot even measure it. A loved one is not a wallet, car keys or lousy directions.

But Cecilia rallied and so did the Ford Falcons. Their visit to the semifinals was only the third in program history.

“I am so proud of these girls,” said the coach. “We hit a lull as a team after spring break, but they rallied together. We could have won the MAC Red but fell short. We’ve had a rough road in the tournament, too. Troy High was a tough game. Anchor Bay was a tough game.”

But the Falcons won a whole lot more than they lost.

Speaking of lost, Cecilia always would go shopping with her grandpa until he lost her.

Make that very temporarily lost here. It was a trip to the hardware store.

Coach Steinwascher recalls the incident, tears turning into laughter.

Cecilia was looking in the aisle where the gardening gloves were. She was entranced by the multi-colored gloves. Some were even decorated with flowers.

“When I looked around, grandpa wasn’t there anymore, “ said Cecilia.

They were shopping at Trevarrow Hardware in Troy. It’s hardly a vast space like a Home Depot or Lowe’s. That is, unless yours is the perspective of a suddenly frightened five-year-old. It might have been five minutes until they were reunited. Cecilia swears the time frame was much longer.

“I didn’t go shopping with grandpa again until last year,” said Cecilia.

Lost, but not a loss.

The real loss came on April 9.

Cecilia Steinwascher would love to go shopping with her grandpa again.

Last Updated: 6/14/2017 10:32:27 PM EST