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Birmingham Seaholm tops Farmington in key OAA Blue match WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Farmington High School freshman, Kayla Sharp (#16) maneuvers around defender from Seaholm High School during the OAA White/Blue division game on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Seaholm High School. (Photos for The Oakland Press by Meagan Dullack)
  • Seaholm High School player, JBess Ruby (#20) runs past Farmington High School defender Ashley Grove (#13) on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 during the OAA White/Blue division game at Seaholm High School. (Photos for The Oakland Press by Meagan Dullack)
  • Seaholm High School player, JBess Ruby (#20) and Farmington High School player, Shannon Seegert (#5), battle for possession of the ball during the Tuesday, May 13, 2014 game at Seaholm High School. (Photos for The Oakland Press by Meagan Dullack)
  • Farmington High School senior Irena Dedivani (#11) keeps possession of the ball away from a Seaholm High School defender during the OAA White/Blue division game at Seaholm High School on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (Photos for The Oakland Press by Meagan Dullack)
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BIRMINGHAM – The Birmingham Seaholm Maples defeated the Farmington Falcons 5-1 in a key OAA Blue girls soccer match Tuesday night.

“This was a big one for us,” Seaholm head coach Manuel Rodrigues said. “I didn’t have to say much to be honest. The girls knew they needed this one. They knew the stakes, and that we had to win this, and we did.”

The first five minutes proved key for Seaholm as goaltender Alaina Betz made a huge save on a breakaway barely a minute into the game, then Katie Halmhuber bent a corner kick that found the net off of a Farmington player in front with only 3:26 gone off the clock to give the Maples an early lead they would never relinquish.

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“It brought everyone’s mood down,” Falcons assistant coach Tasha Ivanac said. “At halftime, we addressed that and we noted that we can’t get down on ourselves because that’s what defeated us. And it was difficult to come back in the second half.”

“We got lucky twice in a row, but at the end of the day, putting five goals on them is a testament to how strong our girls wanted this game,” Rodrigues said.

In fact, Seaholm poured it on the rest of the half to open up a big lead. Jen Kendall doubled the Maples’ lead with 17:39 on the clock, taking a pass from Halmhuber and finishing off a break. Then Kendall and Andrea Ebling each scored just three minutes apart near the end of the half to balloon the lead to 4-0 at halftime.

“We talked about that in practice this week,” Rodrigues said. “In the West Bloomfield game, we had opportunities, and we were still on that hangover from the Groves game. And we said that we just can’t stop, whether we’re up a goal or down a goal. I know this team can score a lot of goals, and in the past, we’ve gone down a goal and we hang our heads. We’re starting to learn that one goal is nothing in this game, so once we got that first one, we just kept going.”

The Falcons re-grouped at halftime, coming out stronger in the second half with Irena Dedivani and Teagan Evans leading the fight back, but they just couldn’t put a dent in Seaholm’s lead until late when Shannon Seegert set up Dedivani on a late breakaway that made it 5-1.

Despite the loss, the Falcons still are guaranteed at least a share of the Blue Division title, finishing with a 5-1 league mark.

“It’s still a great feeling to know that that is what they’ve achieved this season,” Ivanac said. “We know we can play tough teams, and we wanted the opportunity to do that. I really think that those teams that we’ve played against we have showed that we can play with high level teams.”

Seaholm improves to 4-1 and can get the other half of the Blue Division title by beating Ferndale next week.

“I think the best part of tonight is that we almost strung a whole game together. When we do that, we’re pretty good,” Rodrigues said. “We’re not going to overlook anyone at this point because like I say to the girls, anybody can beat anybody at any time.”

Last Updated: 5/14/2014 12:34:37 PM EST

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