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Cranbrook-Kingswood edges past St. Mary's for Senior Night win WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Cranbrook Kingswood's Nolan Fisher (4) and Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Macgregor Adams (20) battle for the ball during the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. The Cranes defeated the Eaglets 2-1. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Kolin Clark (14) of Cranbrook Kingswood attempts a shot as Orchard Lake St. Mary's Luke Stoneback (R) and goalkeeper Hamza Ali Annamyrado defend during the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. The Cranes defeated the Eaglets 2-1. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Cranbrook-Kingswood's Mario Watson (18) goes up high to head the ball away from Orchard Lake St. Mary's Louis Sala (10) during the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. The Cranes defeated the Eaglets 2-1. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Ryan Gray (15) moves the ball upfield while being defended by Cranbrook Kingswood's Joey Luciani (23) during the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. The Eaglets lost to the Cranes 2-1. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • Cranbrook Kingswood's Zach Buvalic (7) tries to hold off Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Trey Bryan during the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. The Cranes defeated the Eaglets 2-1. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)
  • The Cranbrook Kingswood Cranes defeated the Orchard Lake Saint Mary's Eaglets 2-1 in the CHSL match played on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Cranbrook. (MIPrepZone photo by Ken Swart)

BLOOMFIELD HILLS – The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood Cranes and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Eaglets met in a key Catholic League boys soccer match Tuesday evening, and the Cranes eked out a 2-1 victory on Senior Night thanks to a pair of corner kicks.

“It was definitely one of the more important games of the season for us due to the fact that St. Mary’s has always been a huge rivalry,” Cranes senior Mario Watson said. “We’ll win one. They’ll win one. So we wanted it really bad. We lost the last one to St. Mary’s, and it’s at home, Senior Night, so we just all played for the seniors, played for the community, played for everyone and came out on top.”

Cranbrook scored twice in the first half with both goals coming off Kolin Clark corner kicks.

The Cranes opened the scoring with just under 12 minutes gone in the game when Clark bent an out-swinging corner kick that Joey Luciani rose up and headed into the far post. Late in the half, the Cranes doubled their lead to 2-0 on another corner kick. Once again Clark found Luciani on the corner. This time, St. Mary’s goalkeeper Hamza Ali Annamyradov made a brilliant sprawling save on Luciani’s shot. However, Jacob Deradoorian pounced on the rebound and rifled it in.

“They capitalized on two of our mistakes,” Eaglets head coach Joe Ruffolo said. “Because we’re two evenly matched teams and programs, it comes down to mistakes, and we had one more than them.”

St. Mary’s would claw one back shortly after half when Eamon Salfi weaved through several defenders and set up Macgregor Adams from the right side to make it 2-1.

The Eaglets would have their chances, though. Louis Sala turned in a strong performance in midfield directing the St. Mary’s attack, and the Eaglets would generate a handful of good chances in the second half while Luke Stoneback and Luke Ibrahim would spearhead a defensive effort for the Eaglets that gave Cranbrook very few looks at goal.

“The strength of our team is our defense, and our back four are solid,” Ruffolo said. “That’s the name of the game is to keep the shots away from our goalie.” He added that, “It’s a tough loss, but we’ll rebound.”

But a hustling midfield effort on Cranbrook’s part, led by Watson would prove to be the difference in the game. The Cranes simply stuck too close to the Eaglets all game long, contesting every ball and making it hard for the Eaglets to get any quality on their shots.

“Mario was an absolute difference maker,” Cranbrook head coach Chad O’Kulich said. “He was winning balls in the air. He was defending incredibly well. He’s clean. He’s physical. He’s hard working, and he was classy. He maintained that sportsmanship in a tough, physical, aggressive game. And I think he exemplified our team.”

With the win, Cranbrook improves to 4-1 in the CHSL AA Division and 11-2 overall.

“What a great game,” O’Kulich said. “St. Mary’s is an outstanding team. I feel they’re one of the top teams in the state, and we were fortunate to get a victory here today.”

Cranbrook hosts Macomb Lutheran North in their final division game of the season on Thursday as they look to book their place in the Catholic League A-B final for the first time.

“Every team you play in the Catholic League has really solid coaches, solid teams, great programs. And I’m grateful that we finally have the opportunity to compete in the Catholic League Championship – if we get there,” O’Kulich said.

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (6-6-3, 2-2-1 CHSL AA) finishes up league play with a home game against Dearborn Divine Child, also on Thursday.

Last Updated: 10/4/2016 8:46:56 PM EST


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