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  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep's Taylor Timko (22) watches her shot go in the net as Farmington Hills Mercy's Lindsay Crawley (19) defends during the first half of the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. Timko scored two goals in the Irish's 4-0 victory (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Farmington Hills Mercy's Katie Erdman (18) grabs the jersey of ND Prep's Grace Cummings (3) during the first half of the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. Mercy lost to ND Prep 4-0. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • ND Prep's Gabriella Galloway (18) and Farmington Hills Mercy's Mia Perelli (16) keep thier eyes on the ball during the second half of the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. The Irish defeated the Marlins 4-0. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Lindsey Klei (16) puts pressure on the Farmington Hills Mercy goalkeeper Maria Luigjuraj during the first half of the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. Klei scored two goals in the Irish's 4-0 victory (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Pontiac Notre Dame Prep defeated Farmington Hills Mercy 4-0 in the CHSL A/B Division semi-final played on Tuesday May 13, 2014 at ND Prep High School. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
PONTIAC — Led by an aggressive offensive attack, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep was able to shut out Farmington Hills Mercy, 4-0, in the CHSL Catholic League Semifinals.

“We faltered at this step my first four years so to get to this point, it’s huge,” said Notre Dame Prep coach Jim Stachura. “It’s one of the only times I can remember that a team from the Double A division is in the final.”

After a back and forth first half, Mercy came out strong to start the second. After missing on multiple scoring chances, Mercy lost control of the game. Notre Dame Prep stepped up offensively to notch three quick goals to seal the victory.

“We did see some good things,” said Mercy coach Butch Babler. “We made the decision, especially with the weather, that we had to start taking risks and pushing forward.”

Those risks seemed to be paying off until Notre Dame Prep’s Taylor Timko scored the first goal of the game at the 21:17 mark in the first half. Notre Dame Prep would take control halfway through the second when Irish forward Lindsey Klei added two quick goals. Timko later added her second to put the game out of reach.

“We have a couple of real special players,” said Stachura. “Taylor gets one opportunity and puts us up one and kind of gives us that little bit of a buffer.”

Goalkeeper Megan Kraus recorded her tenth shutout of the season, coming up with a couple big stops at the start of the second half to keep her team in the lead.

“On a day like today where they played very direct and they were missing some players, for her to handle a lot of those long balls, it was good,” said Stachura.

The Irish will face the winner of Wednesday’s Marian and Divine Child game in the finals on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Madonna University.

“For us, a quote unquote second division school, we’re ready to step up to that challenge on Saturday,” said Stachura.

Last Updated: 5/13/2014 11:24:04 PM EST

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