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Notre Dame Prep knocks off top-ranked DeWitt to reach regional final WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep faced No. 1-ranked DeWitt in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)

The Fighting Irish will face Fenton on Thursday at 6 p.m.

ORTONVILLE — In a matchup worthy of taking place deeper into the postseason, No. 3-ranked Pontiac Notre Dame Prep eliminated top-ranked and previously unbeaten DeWitt with a 2-1 win in a Division 2 regional semifinal on Tuesday.

The Fighting Irish capitalized in quick succession to score twice in just 16 seconds with about 12 minutes to play in the first half. The back-to-back tallies erased an early 1-0 deficit, giving Notre Dame Prep a one-goal lead to defend against a dangerous Panthers attack for more than 50 minutes.

Strong defensive play by the Irish helped keep DeWitt to the perimeter with its shots in the second half. Goalkeeper Haley Williams was tested from long-range a few times, but was up to the task each time.

“Athletically, DeWitt has talent everywhere. Athletes upon athletes,” Notre Dame Prep coach Jim Stachura said. “They were very technical. That was probably one of the best teams we’ve played in the past five years.

“Defensively, we started to get more comfortable and we forced them to shoot from 25 or 30 yards, which is tricky to do at any time, let alone a pressure-filled game,” Stachura said. “We locked it down after we made that first mistake and it was impressive.”

The Panthers (19-1-2) scored less than five minutes into the game with a deflected shot by Mackenzie Dawes just trickling over the line when she won a foot race to the ball against the keeper.

Notre Dame Prep (18-1-3) answered later in the half, knotting the score when freshman Maura Kruse intercepted a pass after DeWitt overran the ball. Kruse fed a heads up pass to senior Rosella Lochirco, who beat the goalkeeper.

“We looked really tentative in the first 10 minutes and they really took it to us,” Stachura said. “After that first 10 minutes, we made changes to the lineup, put a couple freshmen in. Sometimes you put the younger players in there and they don’t really feel the pressure, they just go out and play. The work rate elevated hugely for the rest of the game really.”

The Irish followed up with their second goal moments later when sophomore Celia Gaynor assisted on the go-ahead goal by senior Erika Wiest.

“In the first 15 minutes, I thought we played good quality soccer,” DeWitt coach Jamal Mubarekeh said. “We got more confidence when we scored the goal. But we went away from what we planed on … We made two mistakes back to back that were hard to come back from.”

Notre Dame Prep advanced to Thursday’s regional semifinal against Fenton, which was a winner over Ortonville Brandon in the other semifinal.

Last Updated: 6/7/2016 8:40:27 PM EST


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