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Koomen's overtime goal lifts Novi past Brighton into Division 1 semifinals WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Novi and Brighton met in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final at Bloomfield Hills High School on Thursday, June 9, 2016. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)

The Wildcats will now face the winner of Friday's game between Troy Athens and Stoney Creek.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Under siege for much of the second half and having surrendered a two-goal lead, Novi gathered its composure in overtime of Thursday’s Division 1 regional final, grabbing a go-ahead goal and hanging on to eliminate Brighton, 3-2.

The Wildcats were awarded a free kick early in the first of two overtime sessions when senior Chloe Allen was hauled down as she maneuvered the ball to a dangerous position just outside the box.

Novi employed a little misdirection with two potential shooters lining up over the ball. When senior Katrina Koomen made her approach to the ball, Brighton’s nearest defenders moved early, so she paused and forced the referee to reset the wall.

Koomen’s shot twisted around the traffic in front and rippled the netting to put the Wildcats in front with 17:48 left in the combined overtimes still to play.

“What she did on that penalty kick at the end, where she held up and made (the wall) go back – a lot of players would have rushed the kick and the referee probably wouldn’t have (called it), she had the soccer sense to say no,” Novi coach Todd Pheiffer said.

Koomen was a force throughout the game, drawing an assist in the first half and dictating play from her defensive position.

“That’s an angle that we’ve practiced a lot,” Koomen said of her goal. “It was nice to see the hard work pay off at a crucial moment where we needed to score. I was really happy to be able to put the ball in the back of the net for my team.”

Novi successfully defended the rest of overtime, holding the Bulldogs without a quality scoring chance as the clock wound down.

The Wildcats (16-1-6) will make their seventh appearance in the Division 1 semifinals since 2005 when they take on the winner of Friday’s game between Troy Athens and Stoney Creek next Tuesday.

Novi opened the scoring less than four minutes into the game when freshman Julia Stadtherr fed a pass to senior Megan Riley, whose hard shot from just inside the box trickled through the grasp of the goalkeeper.

The Wildcats doubled their lead approaching the midway point of the first half when a free kick from the sideline by Koomen soared through a congested box and dropped to the foot of sophomore Laine Fenchel at the far post to tap it in.

Brighton got a goal back as halftime approached when senior Kirsten L’Esperance turned and fired a shot through traffic that found the netting with 2:21 left.

Novi had a huge opportunity to regain a two-goal lead heading to the break when a penalty kick was awarded for a handball. Brighton keeper Madison Gould got her hands on Gracie Backus’ shot, tipping it up off the crossbar and catching it.

Brighton drew even at 27:43 of the second half when Michelle Wenzel managed connect on a shot despite not even facing the net.

“When they got that second goal, a floater over (goalkeeper) Aastha Dharia’s head, you could see (the uneasiness), but then we perked up. We have this slogan about the next five minutes. Any time a goal is scored, we get ready for that next five minutes,” Pheiffer said.

Novi’s regulation performance was a reversal of its regional semifinal victory from two days prior that required the Wildcats to rally from two goals down in the second half before winning in overtime.

“We were the only region with four top 15-ranked teams in it,” Pheiffer said. “This was the toughest one and we told the girls that if they came out of this region, it would say a lot.”

Last Updated: 6/9/2016 9:31:36 PM EST


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