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Everest Collegiate blanks Parkway Christian, heads to regional final WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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Soccer - Girls - 6/7/2016 

Clarkston Everest Collegiate 6
Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 0
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MADISON HEIGHTS - Maybe it was speed of playing on artificial turf, but the Division 4 regional semifinal game matching Parkway Christian against Clarkston Everest Collegiate at Bishop Foley quickly slipped away from the Eagles Tuesday night.

“Playing on turf is a lot faster paced. I know that as a coach, but the players aren’t completely familiar with it. I think the last time they played on turf was against Liggett in last year’s districts,” said Kristi Tomczyk, the first-year coach at Parkway Christian.

The Mountaineers from Everest Collegiate raced out to a 5-0 halftime lead and went on to a 6-0 victory.

Scoring were Catherine Ireland, Rebecca Luttinen, Sarah Stafford, Molly Taylor and Lauren Marrs, who had two goals.

The win sets up Thursday’s regional championship game. Everest will take on University Liggett, which defeated Harbor Beach, 4-0, in the first game Tuesday night.

While that championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m., there’s a chance it could be played earlier. Sacred Heart has its graduation at 7:30 Thursday and three of the players on the Everest team actually attend the Bloomfield Hills school.

“I watched Liggett play. They have some quality players and we are going to have to make some adjustments to stay with them,” said Richard Cross, the Everest coach. “I want to congratulate Parkway Christian for making it this far. Even for us, we only have 105 in our high school. We’ve come together pretty well as a team and to make a run like this is a great accomplishment for the girls. They really believe in one another. The chemistry on this team is incredible. These are fantastic young ladies and they are a great group to be around,” said Cross.

Parkway Christian practiced at Swinehart Field in Utica Monday afternoon in an attempt to get acclimated to playing on turf.

“The speed of play was the biggest thing. Everest is a very, very good team and sometimes when you lose games you lose because the other team is better. As a coach, I can honestly say these girls left everything they had on the field and I can live with that,” said the Parkway Christian coach.

Her Eagles finished 14-3-1. They went undefeated in the conference and won the school’s first district championship in girls soccer.

“I am so incredibly proud of them,” Tomczyk said. “They accomplished some amazing things. We accomplished a lot more than I think people would.”

Last Updated: 6/7/2016 10:31:28 PM EST

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