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ROYAL OAK — For a second-straight year, the Stoney Creek girls soccer team was crowned champions of the Oakland Activities Association Red Division.

By virtue of a 6-0 victory over Royal Oak on Tuesday night and a perfect 6-0 record in one of the state’s toughest leagues, the No. 3 ranked Cougars walked off the field on top.

“It means a lot,” Stoney Creek coach Bryan Mittelstadt said. “It’s two years in a row for us, and it feels good. The girls have made the commitment and put in the work. When you do that, things like this happen.”

Shots and scoring chances were coming in bunches for Stoney Creek, which improves to 11-1-1 overall, and Royal Oak found itself simply outmatched from the start.

Maria Zandi and Taylor Paradoski both scored their first of two goals on the night in the game’s opening 10 minutes.

The Cougars added another pair in the first half, with Emily Solek and Alyse Ketner giving Stoney Creek a 4-0 lead with 40 minutes still to play.

“I thought we came out sharp in the first half,” Mittelstadt said. “I thought that opening 10 minutes was some of our best soccer, as far as connecting with each other. (Royal Oak) came with a game plan, but our girls worked through it.”

Royal Oak, which finishes league play at 2-4 in the OAA Red, struggled to create pressure, constantly running into the Cougars’ stout backline.

Courtney Solek and Carly Cerny were both extremely effective working on the outsides to generate chances going the other way.

“Cerny was fabulous tonight and so was Courtney on the other side,” Mittelstadt said. “They are strong, and they might get overshadowed a little bit by all of our goal scorers. But these girls are in sync with each other, and they have great decision-making ability. It’s a very strong backline. Goal scoring is important, but a strong backline definitely helps.”

Along with Solek and Cerny, midfielders Madison Schupbach and Madison Toth worked hard at gaining possession and feeding teammates Zandi, Paradoski, and Jamie Midgley.

“It’s taken a little while for some of these girls who aren’t natural midfielders to learn their whole role, but they’ve come a long way,” Mittelstadt added. “They all can attack, and when you’ve got your strong backline, these girls in the middle can be a little more aggressive.”

With the league title wrapped up, Stoney Creek sets its sights on the state tournament. The Cougars drew Oxford in the opening round, with rival Rochester Adams waiting for the winner.

“We’ve got Oxford, and Adams got the bye,” Mittelstadt said. “One way or another, you’ve got to go through Adams.”

Up next for Royal Oak is a game on Saturday against Berkley. The Ravens also are looking ahead to next week’s non-conference game against Pontiac Notre Dame Prep — the state’s top team in Division 3.

Last Updated: 5/13/2014 11:52:10 PM EST

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