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Novi rallies from 2-0 halftime deficit, clips Grand Blanc in overtime to keep season alive WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS – Chloe Allen scored with 1:49 left in the second overtime to propel the Novi Wildcats to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Grand Blanc Bobcats in a Division 1 girls soccer regional semifinal Tuesday.

Allen took a pass from Julia Stadtherr, slipped past the line on a perfectly-timed run to get one-on-one with the goalie, then deked the charging keeper and scored into the empty net.

“I saw that the game was on the line, and I love this team so much that I would do anything to play another game with them. So that was really all that was going through my mind,” Allen said.

The game was a rematch from the KLAA Association Championship two weeks ago, won by Novi, 5-2, also in come back fashion.

“That’s just how this team has been all season,” Novi head coach Todd Pheiffer said. “They formed such a tight bond as a team. They are a family. They never give up on each other. They are hard on each other and push each other to be the best, and as we always say every time we step out on the field we want to have no regrets. Win or lose, we want to leave it all on the field.”

“We were aware of that. They did it to us at our place in the championship game for the KLAA,” Bobcats head coach Greg Kehler said. “They’re just a tough team to beat.” He added that, “I thought our girls played great. No excuses, I thought we played well enough to win, and they just had a little more than we did at the end.”

Trailing 2-0 at halftime, the Wildcats rebounded with a pair of second-half goals that came off of Katrina Koomen free kicks. Novi got on the board with 24:09 to play when Koomen fired a free kick from the left side of the box at goal. The ball bounced around, and Allen found the loose ball and buried it to make it 2-1. The Wildcats would come close a couple more times before tying the game with just 1:49 left in regulation when Emmie Takada scored on a similar play.

“That’s what we tell them is that goals don’t have to be pretty. They all count the same when they go in the back of the net. It’s just to have that nose for the goal, that toe poke, whatever it takes we never give up. Katrina did an awesome job of just putting that ball in the box,” Pheiffer said. “Anything can happen when you put the ball in the box. That’s one of our mottos is just to be dangerous.”

Grand Blanc got a pair of first half goals from Paige Webber to take a 2-0 lead into halftime. Webber opened the scoring with 26:37 to play when she fired a cross into the penalty area that took a deflection and bounced into the far side of the net. Webber doubled the Bobcats’ lead with 13:16 to play, firing a rocket from the top left side of the box that found the net.

“Paige has been such a great player for us this year, for a freshman,” Kehler said. “She’s been phenomenal. She’s a great goal scorer.”

With the win, Novi (15-1-6) advances to the regional final on Thursday where it will face Brighton, which topped Rochester Adams, 1-0, in the other semifinal.

“It doesn’t matter to us who we play. We’re just going to enjoy the win today and prepare ourselves. We’ll see who wins the next game, and that’s who we’ll get ready for on Wednesday,” Pheiffer said after the conclusion of Novi's game, which was the first semifinal. “Whoever we play, hopefully it’s going to be a great game on Thursday.”

Grand Blanc finishes the year 14-3-6.

Last Updated: 6/7/2016 11:25:07 PM EST

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