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Bloomfield Hills nets late equalizer in regulation, prevails past Richmond in shootout to open season WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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BEVERLY HILLS – The Bloomfield Hills Black Hawks advanced to the semifinals of the Paul Bartoshuk Detroit Country Day School Invitational, disposing of a gutty Richmond Blue Devils squad in penalty kicks Friday after the teams ended both regulation and overtime tied 1-1.

Bloomfield Hills goalkeeper Nicko Ernst came up with a kick save in the third round, guessing right and stopping a shot up the middle. The Black Hawks also converted all five of their kicks, the last of which involved co-captain Ryan Fox sneaking one in despite Richmond goalkeeper Allan Szczesniak getting a sizable piece of the shot before seeing the ball carom off to his left and trickle across the line anyway, giving Bloomfield Hills a 5-3 edge in the boys soccer shootout.

“It just took one save. Every other goal was on target. That’s the way it goes. We’ve won them. We’ve lost them on PK's. And we know how that feels on both sides,” Bloomfield Hills head coach Dougie MacAulay said. “I’ve got to say really well done for Richmond. They were disciplined. They were athletic, and they gave us a very tough game.”

Richmond scored just 47 seconds into the game when Brandon VanGorp chipped one in from 20 yards out on the right side, depositing the ball perfectly into the far corner of the net for a quick 1-0 lead.

“Sometimes you play and you get lucky like that, and we were lucky enough to get one early and conceded one late,” Richmond head coach Lance Whitney said.

The Black Hawks would battle back, getting a few decent chances in the first half and generally outplaying the Blue Devils in the first 40 minutes, but Bloomfield Hills was unable to the score until late in the second half.

With 4:40 to play in regulation, the Black Hawks finally broke through as Fox floated a free kick deep into the penalty area and co-captain Christian Ryan out-jumped everyone to head the ball back across the goal to tie the game.

Richmond had its' chances to stretch the lead in the second half but was unable to do so despite having the better of possession after halftime, and eventually, the Black Hawks found the tying goal.

“Everybody’s connecting and moving together,” Whitney said. “We’re a team that likes to build it up and move the ball around. We did a pretty good job of that, especially in the second half.”

However, a solid effort from the Bloomfield Hills defense - spearheaded by Christian Ryan - kept the Blue Devils off the score sheet after Richmond’s quick start.

“Christian Ryan kept it together at the back very well. He was very solid, won a lot of balls,” MacAulay said.

Both teams will be back in action Saturday as the Invitational continues.

Bloomfield Hills (1-0) will play Oxford in the second semifinal.

Click here to see a story and photos from Oxford's 3-2 win against Royal Oak Friday in the DCDS tournament.

“We’ve only been together for a week since tryouts,” MacAulay said. “We know that nothing comes easy and there’s a lot of work to do. It’ll be a long, fast season – a lot of games in a short space of time.”

Richmond (0-1) will take on Royal Oak in the consolation bracket.

“They’re a good team. They won it last year. We knew what we were getting into. We’re the smallest school here by probably half,” Whitney said. “We’re here to play good games. I’m disappointed that we didn’t move on, but we’ll come back tomorrow and put our best foot out there.”

Last Updated: 8/19/2016 10:02:02 PM EST


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