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BOYS SOCCER: Cranbrook continues winning ways with victory over Notre Dame Prep

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Soccer - Boys - 9/24/2013 

Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood 5
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 0

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood boys soccer team picked up a key Catholic League AA Division win Tuesday by shutting out Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, 5-0, at Cranbrook.

The Cranes (7-1-2, 6-0-2 CHSL AA) tied the Fighting Irish, 1-1, when the teams met on Aug. 29, but this time they struck less than two minutes into the game to take the lead and held off some Fighting Irish pressure before adding four more goals in the second half to stay unbeaten in league play and continue an impressive start to the season.

Early goals in both halves helped the Cranes find their rhythm, as they drew first blood and played good team defense.

“Notre Dame Prep is a great team and a well-coached team, and to get that first goal really was nice,” Cranbrook head coach Chad O’Kulich said. “When something like that happens, it feels good. It takes a little bit of pressure off you as well.”

Jack Christides struck 1:15 into the game when he took a pass from Sam Orley and after being challenged by the goalkeeper, booted it over the goalkeeper’s head and just into the net to make it 1-0 Cranbrook.

However, the Fighting Irish fought back and answered by creating pressure throughout the first half.

Notre Dame Prep’s David Klei made a great individual effort to get a shot off just wide of the net with 16:30 remaining in the first half.

After Cranes’ goalkeeper Alex Roed made a couple nice saves, Klei took a shot that was stopped, and then Roed stopped the rebound as Cranbrook held on to the 1-0 advantage despite being pressured.

Cranbrook also had a few chances, including one by Paul Holmes that he deflected with his foot in front of the net but was saved by the goalkeeper.

The Fighting Irish came back strong after allowing the early socre but couldn’t find a goal in the first half.

“(The) response to the early goal was great,” Notre Dame Prep head coach Ryan Elchuk said. “We understood there was plenty of time left and we were confident in our abilities to play with Cranbrook although they’re a quality opponent.”

The game opened up in the second half as both teams recorded quality early chances, but Cranbrook struck first again in the second as Christides took a shot and placed it just under the crossbar to make it 2-0 with 30:23 left.

Less than eight minutes later, the Cranes added to their advantage when John Whiting connected on a penalty kick and scored in the top corner to the goalkeeper’s left.

The Cranes took control, adding late goals from Orley and Julian Bossenmaier in the final 11 minutes to finish the scoring.

Although the game was tight for the first half and early second half, Cranbrook converted its chances and played well down the stretch.

“The score didn’t necessarily reflect the way the game was played,” O’Kulich said. “We were able to finish on some opportunities. I felt like defensively we were strong and played well collectively as a unit.”

The Cranes will play Dearborn Divine Child Thursday, while Notre Dame Prep (8-4-3, 4-2-2) continues play with Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Thursday and will try to learn from the loss.

“We didn’t respond in the second half to conceding early the way we did in the first,” Elchuk said. “One thing went wrong, and then another went wrong and we were never able to recover mentally and get back to playing.”


NDP 0 0 — 0

CK 1 4 — 5

First half: 1, CK, Jack Christides (Sam Orley)

Second half: 2, CK, Christides; 3, CK, John Whiting; 4, CK, Orley; 5, CK, Julian Bossenmaier (Kolin Clark)

Goalkeepers: ND, Nick Peterson; ND, Andrew DeLave; CK, Alex Roed

RECORDS — Notre Dame Prep 8-4-3, 4-2-2 CHSL AA; Cranbrook 7-1-2, 6-0-2

Last Updated: 9/24/2013 8:55:48 PM EST

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