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Stoney Creek blanks Troy Athens to earn first state semifinal berth since 2005 WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • The Stoney Creek Cougars rush to grab the D1 Regional trophy from head coach Bryan Mittelstadt after they defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Stoney Creek's Amanda Harvey (20) goes head to head with Troy Athens' Hayley Rauser during the MHSAA D1 Regional title match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. Harvey had the lone goal to help lead the Cougars to the title. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Stoney Creek's Taylor Paradoski (13) and Elena Manzo (2) of Troy Athens battle for the ball during the MHSAA D1 Regional match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. The Cougars defeated the Red Hawks 1-0 to win the title. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars show off the MHSAA D1 Regional trophy as they defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Troy Athens' Ashley Leonard (9) controls the ball in front of Stoney Creek's Lyndsey Schupbach (12) during the MHSAA D1 Regional final played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. The Red Hawks lost to the Cougars 1-0. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Stoney Creek's Isabella Langusch (R) tries to clear the ball from Troy Athens' Emma Haggarty (L) during the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. The Cougars defeated the Red Hawks 1-0 to win the title. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks 1-0 to win the MHSAA D1 Regional title in the match played on Friday June 10, 2016 at Troy Athens HS. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)

TROY – The Stoney Creek Cougars defeated the Troy Athens Red Hawks, 1-0, in a Division 1 girls soccer regional final Friday night.

It is the first time the Cougars have reached the state semifinals since 2005, when they made the Division 2 title game.

“It feels like everything I’ve ever wanted ever,” senior captain Taylor Paradoski said. “Last year, we came so close, and this year just to get farther than we did – I am so unbelievably proud of my team.”

The Cougars got the only goal of the game with 25:10 to play in the first half. Emily Solek fired a corner kick into the box, and Amanda Harvey snuck in, rose up, and drove a powerful header back across goal and into the net.

“When we got into playoffs is when we got really successful on set pieces. All season, I don’t think we scored a goal off of a corner,” Cougars head coach Bryan Mittelstadt said. “We got into the district championship, and we got two off of a corner. Then tonight, in the regional get the goal off of a corner. Set pieces can win you championships, and these last two they have.”

Stoney Creek was able to consistently recycle possession, especially in the first half, keeping the pressure on the Troy Athens defense. But Elyse Merbach, Elena Manzo and the rest of the Red Hawks defenders were able to regroup and keep the Cougars off the scoreboard the rest of the way, aided by a pair of big saves from goalkeeper Amanda Harris in the second half.

“They brought a little bit more offensive pressure than we were able to bring, but I thought our defenders did a nice job of bending and not breaking. The difference in the game is they executed a set piece and we didn’t. Usually, in the tournament when you get this far, that’s the difference in the two,” Athens head coach Todd Heugh said.

Stoney Creek’s defense also turned in a strong effort, partly through recycling the ball, but the Cougars also had to come up with some big clears at the end as Athens created a few good chances late, the best of which came in a flurry with about five minutes left as the ball pinged around the Cougar penalty area touching off a scramble in front of the Stoney Creek goal. But goalkeeper Gina Cerny came up with a couple big saves and the defense did the rest, blocking and eventually clearing the ball out.

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“Our halftime talk was about being patient,” Heugh said. “And I really liked the way we responded coming out of the half creating chances. Ashley (Leonard) had the volley. We started to earn some fouls and get forward a little bit more, and they (Stoney Creek) did a good job of defending.”

“We talk about minutes, and final minutes, and I thought the last six minutes were definitely scary,” Mittelstadt said. “(But) I thought the girls were prepared. They used their athleticism and their experience to shut things down.”

With the win, Stoney Creek (15-3-2) moves on to the state semifinals where it hosts Novi. The teams have already played once this year, a 1-1 draw in April.

“They’re a very good team,” Mittelstadt said. “I thought they won the first half. They were strong and made some challenges. The second half we kind of gathered things up a bit and made it a game, but it should be a good game.”

Troy Athens concludes the year 15-6-4. The Red Hawks are one of only two teams, Canton being the other, to have made the Division 1 Regional finals in each of the last two years.

“I’m super proud of our kids. This is back to back regional finals. It’s one goal given up in two years in the state tournament, and our seniors are going to leave here having a good career,” Heugh said.

Last Updated: 6/10/2016 10:21:03 PM EST


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